WunderKeys Intermediate Pop Studies For Piano 1: A Pop-Infused Lesson Companion To Reinforce Scales, Chords, Triads, And Left-Hand Patterns

WunderKeys Intermediate Pop Studies For Piano 1 is jam-packed with pop-infused piano studies. Get ready for a cool workout in the keys of C Major, A Minor, G Major, E Minor, F Major, and D Minor as your students turn technical exercises into powerful pop music.

As piano students get older, traditional method books become less and less appealing. Teenagers are eager to skip skill-building exercises to get to the music. After all, technical exercises rarely appeal to the musical tastes of teens. But skipping over scale practice, rhythm work, improvisation, and sight reading hampers their musical development, slows their progress and, ultimately, leaves them frustrated.

This inevitably leads to a lose-lose situation for piano teachers: allowing teens to skip technical exercises delays their progress while forcing teens to play technical exercises creates frustration.

So, we decided to turn this struggle into a win-win! With WunderKeys Intermediate Pop Studies For Piano 1: A Pop-Infused Lesson Companion To Reinforce Scales, Chords, Triads, and Left-Hand Patterns, we’ve created a resource that transforms exercise-based repertoire into motivating pop piano studies.

Your teen students will become skillful players because they want to practice exercise-based repertoire not because they have to practice exercise-based repertoire. The first 10-15 minutes of their lessons will be transformed from “sit and drill” to “make awesome music” as your teens gain comfort in a variety of key signatures and internalize the fingering patterns and hand shapes needed to become fluent intermediate pianists.

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Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)

People around the world and throughout history have used music to express their inner emotions, reach out to the divine, woo lovers, celebrate weddings, inspire political movements, and lull babies to sleep. In Music as Social Life, Thomas Turino explores why it is that music and dance are so often at the center of our most profound personal and social experiences.
            Turino begins by developing tools to think about the special properties of music and dance that make them fundamental resources for connecting with our own lives, our communities, and the environment. These concepts are then put into practice as he analyzes various musical examples among indigenous Peruvians, rural and urban Zimbabweans, and American old-time musicians and dancers. To examine the divergent ways that music can fuel social and political movements, Turino looks at its use by the Nazi Party and by the American civil rights movement. Wide-ranging, accessible to anyone with an interest in music’s role in society, and accompanied by a compact disc, Music as Social Life is an illuminating initiation into the power of music.

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