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Piano for Pleasure: A Basic Course for Adults (with CD-ROM) [Plastic Comb]

Martha Hilley , Lynn Freeman Olson

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Book Description

Sept. 17 2001
This text is an accessible, thorough introductory text for beginning pianists. The authors present vital keyboard skills in a smooth, carefully calibrated progression that makes students feel comfortable learning to play the piano. By the end of the first chapter, students can play three simple pieces-a Hilley arrangement of "Amazing Grace," and two songs written especially for this text by Lynn Freeman Olson. Subsequent chapters build students' confidence by offering a consistent synthesis of keyboard skills, music theory, and creativity. Olson's original and appealing musical selections consistently compliment Hilley's mastery of pedagogy and pacing. As a result, students learn difficult piano skills as they experience the excitement of playing old favorites.

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Martha Hilley joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin School of Music in 1982 as Coordinator of Group Piano and Pedagogy. Throughout her career, she has been active in piano pedagogy, teaching on the national, state, and local levels, as well as internationally in Italy, Belgium, Australia, Norway, Austria, and Taiwan. Hilley has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching throughout her career, including the Texas Excellence Teaching Award, 1983; a Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship, 1988; and the Texas Music Teachers Association's Outstanding Collegiate Teacher,1997. In 1992, Hilley received the prestigious Orpheus Award presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in recognition of her contributions to the field of music. She was the first College of Fine Arts faculty member to be awarded the William Blunk Endowed Professorship (1998). In 2002, Professor Hilley was named as the first MTNA Foundation Fellow for the state of Texas. Ms. Hilley was inducted into the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers in the fall of 2005. Professor Hilley was honored with the Music Teachers National Association Distinguished Service Award at the 2008 MTNA National Conference in Denver, CO. This award recognizes an MTNA leader who has provided significant and lasting volunteer service to the association. Hilley is coauthor of two college piano texts: PIANO FOR THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN and PIANO FOR PLEASURE, the first texts to embrace digital sequencer technology through disks and the first to provide Web-based computer tutorials.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Piano for Pleasure: A Basic Course for Adults Jan. 24 2009
By Jesse Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this text for both a beginning and intermediate piano course at my college. This book is by far the worst piano book I've ever used. Too many WORTHLESS exercises and tedious 'rhythm drills.' Most of the songs in the text are mediocre at best, while also incredibly boring to listen to. One such subpar song is the piece "One Four Seven." I think it was one of the author's original pieces, but its dreadful. I gave the book 2 stars only because of the massive amount of information packed into this one book. All-in-all I think you can do much better in a beginning piano book. A better book, for an adult learning to play piano, is Alfred's Adult All-In-One Piano course. It progresses at a decent pace. By the time your finished with volume 1, of Alfred's Adult Piano Course, you'll be able to play simple melodies and be able to harmonize them.

In case your wondering about my background, I'm a college music student pursuing a BM in Music Composition.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good learning reference and practice book Feb. 10 2014
By William Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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It was required in my music class and came in quite handy. Great for first or second quarter learning. I think you'll enjoy the text.
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of paper Feb. 25 2012
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com
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I took a piano course at my community college, and this was the textbook. I already had some of Alfred's Basic Piano books from when I took lessons at age 9.

Those cost 6 to 7 dollars and teach probably twice the content of this book in one fiftieth of the pages.

This book doesn't even introduce music notation until chapter five or so. Before that, it's confusing and condescendingly dumbed-down "exercises" written in the form similar to: "Put your fingers on these keys. Now play this: 1 3 5 5 33 1 3"

It's the most confusing method to learn piano possible. I found one song transcribed incorrectly, and all of the songs written by the authors are painfully dull, even through the end of the book.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, didnt have all items May 9 2011
By Talan123 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Plastic Comb|Verified Purchase
Do not buy this product, or anything from this person! i bought the damned thing and paid 72 some odd dollars for it and there was no cd! and of course there was no number to call to complain either! a pox on this product! damned thieves.

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