Music education is evolving rapidly. Artistic and scientific developments have broadened the view of musicality. Does the traditional repertoire of tonal music still have any relevance in this context? Indeed, it does. Recent musicological research has shed new light on the way musicians - from the baroque era to the 19th century - have acquired their skills. As a result, fascinating correlations have emerged between baroque partimento practice and the lead sheet approach common in jazz and pop music. This inspirational book blends both old and current approaches, with nine 'components' serving as keys for a more aural, creative, and tangible approach to tonal music. Tonal Tools: For Keyboard Players is applicable to any tonal idiom and spans the baroque, classical, romantic, jazz, and pop repertoire by means of common improvisational and compositional principles. The book provides a better integration of musical understanding and skill for students who will gain a more reliable memory and better sight-reading ability, not to mention a broadened musical imagination, an enhanced expressiveness, and a joy for playing tonal music. As a valuable extension to keyboard teachers' existing professional expertise, Tonal Tools: For Keyboard Players opens new artistic and (auto)didactic perspectives.
Publication Date: 7/1/2014