Improvisation at the Piano
BY BRIAN CHUNG and DENNIS THURMOND
This unique text uses a step-by-step approach to guide the reader from fundamental concepts to advanced topics in improvisation. Each subject is broken into easy to understand segments, gradually becoming more complex as improvisational tools are acquired. Designed for the classically trained pianist with little or no experience in improvisation, it uses the reader’s previous knowledge of basic theory and technique to help accelerate the learning process. For pianists interested in jazz, there are three chapters dedicated to introducing jazz improvisation, which can be used as the basis for further study in this idiom. (225 pages)
Recreational Music Making Handbook
BY BRIAN CHUNG and BRENDA DILLON
Recreational Music Making is a new and exciting movement in piano pedagogy. The core concepts are that the piano is for everyone (not just professionally minded students) and that lessons should be fun and relaxing for both student and teacher. This handbook is a step-by-step manual for teachers who are interested in implementing or exploring this concept in their own studios. Topics: Philosophy of Recreational Music Making, Traditional Versus Recreational Teaching, Setting Up a Program, Principles of Group Teaching, Teaching on Two Pianos, Teaching with a Piano Lab, Lesson Planning, and Partnering with Retailers.