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Author Topic: Contemporary music - do pianostreet members use it?  (Read 2064 times)
emusicmaestro
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« on: March 26, 2011, 11:08:50 AM »

I read with consternation a comment by a piano teacher who states that her students rarely need to buy music since the advent of pianostreet. Surely a repertoire restricted to out-of-copyright pieces is restrictive for piano students' musical development.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 11:59:47 AM »

I quite agree! I love contemporary music and I think it's so important to play new music as that is the way that our great tradition of classical music will continue to be a living tradition. The AB Spectrum books are a good place to start because they're not expensive and you get to try out pieces by many different composers.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011, 01:24:41 PM »

I've always thought the Celebration Series books published by Fred Harris have contained a good balance of repertoire, including some very interesting contemporary pieces at all of the various grade levels.
Young children in particular are very receptive to the more avant-garde stuff, as they have yet to form strong pre-conceived ideas as to how music is supposed to sound.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011, 08:47:25 AM »

I've not heard of those books - I'll look them up. Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 08:07:43 PM »

Piano Street is great in a pinch - but it is my understanding that you cannot print 10 of the same out and use them anyway.  Unless you're paying 10 subscriptions.  Am I wrong?

Besides - how many of the kids you teach start out at a level where they can use this off the bat?

I buy music all the time. I am always looking for what the children like - or adults.
Children prefer to play music from soundtracks as they get older - at least my students have, along with classical.

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