Why Black Ivory?

Welcome to the Black Ivory Piano Method™ Book One!

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In this book you will find music designed for:

1. Sight reading
2. Memorization
3. Aural development
4. Large arm muscle development
5. Keyboard navigation
6. Complete Preparation for ASP
7. Computer Assisted Instruction
8. Table of Contents

9. Cover Page

Five finger white key pieces provide easy sight reading experiences, while hand crossing pieces help develop the larger arm muscles that are so necessary for a good musical technique.

Black key patterns should always be used to locate the white keys. As a result, many “black key” pieces have been distributed throughout the book to constantly keep the student aware of the groups of two and three black keys. These black key pieces are mostly rote pieces. As these pieces are memorized, they should be added to a list of memory pieces to be played at the beginning of each lesson. All pieces should be reviewed for several weeks after they have been learned. Spaces have been provided for each piece to receive up to as many as ten stars. No piece should be passed until it has been mastered.

Learning to feel for the groups of black keys is excellent in establishing good sight reading skills. Students should be encouraged to play some of their pieces with their eyes closed, feeling for the black key patterns. Many students are pleasantly surprised when they find out that they can easily play with their eyes closed.

Many new ideas are presented to the student in the Socratic manner. Have the students read as many of the questions as they can on each new piece, and encourage them to look for the answers in the book. Some of the answers have been left up to the teacher to provide or explain.

Teacher accompaniments have not been included, but the teacher is expected to play along with the student. Many of the pieces can be taught one hand at a time with the teacher taking turns accompanying the student on the other part. Since 2000, all of the pieces have been converted to Finale 2000 files for playing along with the student.

Metric stability and rhythmic accuracy are vital parts of music making and they must be emphasized from the beginning. Playing the two handed, black key pieces will help the student to establish a strong metric pulse. Use a metronome! Better yet get a computer and use the Finale or Standard Midi Files that can be purchased from the author.

Sing along while your students are playing. Encourage their singing by your example. Singing will improve your students’ listening and rhythmic skills. Also, many of the definitions of terms and ideas are explained in the texts of the songs.

Numerous modal, chromatic, and minor pieces have been included to provide the student with a variety of exciting sounds. A good way to develop aural acuity is to provide students with several different modes. This way they can learn to discriminate the differences between them.

This is also true for rhythm, and that is why the durational values of short, medium, and long are included from the beginning. It would help the student if the teacher would sing these words (short, medium, long) where they are appropriate, while the student is playing. All the elements in this book are presented in sequence and should be taught in the order that they are presented. The pieces Finger Dance and Beginner Blues may prove to be too difficult for younger students, in which case they may be saved for later use.

A list of the seven main elements of piano music should be posted on a large poster, or white marker board, on the wall above and behind the piano for easy reference which should be referred to with every piece taught. The list is:
1. Pitch (high-low), a b c d e f g, Black keys: Top, Middle, Bottom

2. Rhythm (long-short) quarter, half, whole

3. Dynamics (loud-soft), f mf mp p

4. Meter (counting of music), 3/4, 4/4, 6/8

5. Tempo (fast-slow), allegro, allegretto, andante, largo

6. Form (repetition-contrast), ternary, binary, rondo,
theme and variations

7. Articulation (legato, staccato, phrasing, etc.).

8. Tonalization (quality of sound) Drop-Roll

Above all, have fun while going through this book, which is designed as a front-end replacement, or supplement, to any other piano method.
Sincerely yours, Charles G. Marlowe marlowe2@mindspring.com
Copyright © 1992 by
Charles G. Marlowe
300 South Railroad #11
Sierra Vista, AZ
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Why Black Ivory?