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#26239 - 05/31/05 01:51 PM Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
jstmom Offline
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Registered: 10/29/04
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Loc: Utah
My daughter, turning 10, will be in Piano Adventures Level 4 this summer. She is interested in gaining a classical background. Her piano teacher has no other students who are this interested in classical and her students (all Jr. High age or older) who have finished Level 4 usually just pick pieces they are interested in learning. My daughter wants to start playing more classical music now and I know she will do best right now using a piano "lesson" book format (By this I mean going through a piano book from beginning to end like PA). So we are looking for classical lesson books that would work with PA 4. Would you as teachers please recommend some classical piano books and also tell me if you think that Developing Artist Library would work best? I have looked at the descriptions of DA on-line but have not been able to actually look at the books. Thanks so much.

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#26240 - 05/31/05 04:08 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
Susan Offline
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I think it is best to talk with her teacher and tell her your concerns about learning classical music. She will probably be delighted. Work with the teacher to find the best book for your daughter. I'm sure the teacher has her favorites. If your teacher does not want to do classical music, then look for another teacher.
I would not recommend getting a classical book and letting your daughter work on it without a qualified teacher. She would learn all kinds of bad habits that may take years to fix. Plus each time period of "classical" music is played in a different style, and it really takes a good teacher to teach the style of each period.

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#26241 - 05/31/05 04:30 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
alidoremi Offline
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I LOVE the Developing Artist series. I begin using it with students when they are about Level 2B (DA level Prep). Many of the pieces are lesser-known works, but excellent to introduce classical music to students. It's divided into periods of music, so you'd be jumping around the book instead of going from beginning to end. I highly recommend the series.

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#26242 - 05/31/05 04:36 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
PFVTeach Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 481
Loc: USA
My students at this same level enjoy book 4 of the Masterworks Classics. It has some fun pieces in it and is a nice compilation of pieces in classical music.
The other one that is nice to use is the intermediate book by FJH Piano Literature books. It also has some nice arrangements and pieces in it as well.

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#26243 - 06/01/05 09:32 AM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
Whitney Offline
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Registered: 11/21/04
Posts: 139
Loc: California
I use the Developing Artist series too ( I start around Level 2A or 2B). I also like the Masterworks Classics and the Keith Snell Repertoire books for more variety. There is also a good FJH Sonatina series that I think is part of the Developing Artist Library.

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#26244 - 06/04/05 04:16 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
jstmom Offline
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Registered: 10/29/04
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Loc: Utah
Thanks for the suggestions. Susan, I had talked to the teacher and she says she is excited to help my daughter learn classical music. She had no real preference on the classical piano book which is why I asked for reccomendations here. Also my daughter won't be learning them on her own just with the teacher. Thanks.

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#26245 - 06/04/05 05:51 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
Carole Offline
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I like the DA books too. Also Bastien Piano Literature books are very good. There are three levels and there is one CD for books 1 and 2 and a CD for level 3.

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#26246 - 06/05/05 05:26 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
Joy123 Offline
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Registered: 05/22/00
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Carol, which, in your opinion, is better--The Developing Artist Series or The Bastien Piano Literature?

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#26247 - 06/05/05 07:21 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
Carole Offline
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Loc: southern California
They are both excellent. I have used both successfully. Bastien 3 has alot of literature for your bucks. I DO like having the Cds, but they are a bit pricey at about $13 each set (1&2 and 3)last time I looked.

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#26248 - 06/05/05 09:17 PM Re: Would you recommend Developing Artist Library or other?
mirlou Offline
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Registered: 03/28/05
Posts: 181
Loc: The Netherlands
there is also a Bastien level 4, much thicker than 3. It includes Bach Inventions, Mozart and Beethoven sonatas, Kabalevsky sonatine and lots of wonderful recital pieces, also some composers I didn't know much about before, like Tscherepnin.

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