Norton, Christopher - American Popular Piano: Etudes, Preparatory Level - Piano Method Series*

Novus Via Music Group

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American Popular Piano – Etudes
Preparatory Level – Etudes
Publisher: Novus Via Music Group
Authors: Christopher Norton, Scott McBride Smith

This course of study for piano, published by Novus Via Music Group, is now distributed by Hal Leonard. It features eleven progressive levels, with four different books at each level: repertoire, etudes, skills, and technic. It starts with a preparatory level for first year students, and then includes levels 1-10 for ten years of study. These books provide comprehensive curriculum in diverse musical styles.

Students who use the books in this series will learn how to: develop traditional pianistic and musical skills through music in contemporary, popular styles; be motivated to practice by working on music that is familiar, fun and that they can't wait to play; nurture their creativity and spontaneity through a user-friendly modular approach to improvisation; and enjoy regular ensemble playing, finding pleasure in a lifelong relationship with music.

Audio of demonstration tracks is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

This is one of four Preparatory-level books in the American Popular Piano series - the educational piano course by Christopher Norton and Scott McBride Smith.

The series has 11 difficulty Levels, and each Level contains: Repertoire album with CD; Etudes album (including Improvisation); Skills book; Technic (technique) book.

Preparatory Level: For students in their first year of study
- Middle C position, treble and bass clef, grand staff
- Whole note, half note, quarter note, dotted half note
- pp, p, mp, mf, f
- 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures
- Key signatures up to one sharp
- Repeat, 8ve, tie, fermata, ritardando, accent

Etudes Albums complement the corresponding Repertoire Album with traditional technical etudes in both classical and popular styles and through a revolutionary, module-based approach to improvisation.

Technical Etudes: builds solid fundamentals by focusing on specific technical and musical elements; offers an enjoyable approach to improving facility;
Improvisation Etudes: delivers a practical framework for learning improvisation; integrates effortlessly into traditional piano lessons; module structure provides intuitive, progressive development from the very first level; encourages creativity and spontaneity; trains critical active listening skills


  • Improvisation Etudes: London Waltz
  • Across the River
  • Around the Clock
  • A Little Rhumba
  • Inprovisation Performance Etudes: London Waltz
  • Across the River
  • Around the Clock
  • A Little Rhumba
  • Technical Etudes
  • Classical: Seconds With Two Surprises
  • Thirds ... But Not All
  • After "Cowboy's Holler"
  • After "Alabama Ring Game"
  • Technical Etudes
  • Pop: Irish Tune
  • Painting the House
  • Leaping About
  • Taking a Walk
  • Go Right Ahead
  • The Long and Short of It
  • Family Ties

Inventory # HL00399011
ISBN: 9781897379110
UPC: 884088268503
Format: Softcover Audio Online
Publisher Code: APPE-00
Width: 12.0"
Length: 9.0"
48 pages

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