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Cytrynowski - ANZCA Examiner and Piano Teacher (Melbourne -Australia)
Contemporary Piano Method is recommended reference material
for the AMEB's Contemporary Popular Syllabus
Bar Blues' and 'Rock it to me Blues' are set as Grade One list
pieces for the ANZCA Modern Pianoforte examinations.
overall objective of the material in Book 1A and 1B is to enable
the student to play within the five-finger hand position over
the range of four octaves, with extensions to the intervals
of sixth, seventh and octave, in all major keys, using note-values
from the whole note to the sixteenth note.
notes for teachers and students are included on page 65.
1A: keys - C, G, D, A, E.
1B: keys - F, B, Bflat, Eflat, Aflat, Dflat, Fsharp/Gflat.
Interval Reading in the five-finger hand-position
- including such aspects as:
* reading without looking at the hands
* playing by feel
* developing the ear by having to listen for the intervals for
- awareness of combined direction for both hands: up,
down, in, out, same or oblique
- in this level of the course, the tunes presented include a
mixture of intervals between the hands ( the majority
of the songs in the preparatory book, the Junior Primer,
have matching intervals in both hands)
- as preparation while using finger -tracing and as
the student is playing the directions should be identified
(preferably said out loud) for instance: step up (both
hands) or skip out
- when the music uses varying intervals students should say
- mix out or mix down etc
- once the piece has been rehearsed and the student knows the
mixture intervals, then the process should be streamlined so
they are saying direction and counting only
- proportional notation for easy understanding of timing.
- playing in all areas from Very High
C to Very Low C ( over the
range of four octaves)
N.B. The use of the Contemporary Theory
Primer alongside the practical materials facilitate
the reading of intervals and understanding of the timing concepts.
In this book the student learns to write and recognise intervals
very quickly and to understand timing through the use of colour-coding
Introduction of Scales
- for hand-position changes
- to learn scale pathways on the keyboard
- to learn key signatures and the cycle of fifths
- to find chords in root position.
Extension of the five-finger position using the larger intervals:
sixths, sevenths and octaves.
(a) Chords in Inversions, Block and Broken forms.
(b) Primary Chords in Major Keys and the Chord Table
- how to find chords on the written music
- Chordal analysis of each piece
- 12-Bar Blues
Playing in all major keys via scale pathways and interval
using the key signature in the original sense of the word, as
a 'key' to unlock the puzzle
- more hand-position changes along pre-learned scale pathways
- Chromatic scale.
(N.B. During the entire course there is a progressive introduction
of musical signs, touch markings, etc. plus the pieces give
experience in reading in many time-signatures and all styles
best results expand your student's repertoire and technique
using the following Brandman supplementary materials. Page references
for these materials are printed in the CPM.
Junior Trax followed by Hot Trax
2. Daily Dexter Flexers
3. Dexter's Easy Piano Pieces
4. It's Easy to Improvise
5. Pictorial Patterns for Keyboard Scales and Chords
develop a secure understanding of the musical concepts, use
the CPM Bk1A together with the following ear-training and theory
2. Contemporary Theory Workbook - Book 1
3. Contemporary Aural Course - Preparatory Level and Set one