Why Black Ivory?

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The "Black Ivory Piano Method Book One" package consists of an Acrobat PDF file and all of the associated Midi Files, in both Finale 2000 format and Standard Midi File format. This means that you should be able to view and play the music in any music notation software. Naturally the formatting and symbols on the page will appear best if Finale 2000 or newer is used. The original page layout of the Acrobat pdf file was done using Music Publisher© in 1992.
The "Black Ivory Piano Method Book One" is the result of my Master's project in which I evaluated twenty beginning level piano method books, gleaned all of the best ideas, and created my own music, words, and page layout, in a comprehensive method that I have used for nearly twenty years. I have been using a completely computerized studio for five years. What a Blessing!
Since I am a Macintosh guru, I have been able to set up a system whereby my students can read the music off of a computer monitor and listen to the music they are playing at the same time. Click here to view my layout. Since I was also the local Arizona Study Program Chairman at the time I developed the method I incorporated all of the materials covered in level one, and half of level two into my medthod.
To obtain the high quality, "Black Ivory Piano Method Book One" pdf file, a copy of the standard midi files, and the Finale 2000 files contact Charles at : marlowe2@mindspring.com, or purchase the files from this site. The fee is $35.00 for the complete set.
How Do You Use The Acrobat File? You print out a master copy of the Acrobat pdf file, take it to your local copy store and print it out in packets of ten pages each. This is what I do. Fist, print out pages 1-10, and staple them together at the left side of the page. Four evenly placed staples will work. Make up ten packets of pages 1-10, and ten packets of pages 11-20. If you have the time and money, make up ten packets of all 51 pages. Packet one, pp. 1-10, packet two, pp. 11-20, packet three, pp. 21-30, packet four, pp 31-40, and packet five, pp 41-51. These five packets will last for a year or more for a beginner student. I pass them out only as needed. In other words, they don't get packet three until they have received a star on each of the packet two pieces. By the way, your license gives you the right to print out as many copies of the method as you need for your studio and charge whatever price you desire. I charge $5.00 for the entire packet at the first lesson. But remember, I pass the packets out as needed. You can charge whatever you want. But remember, this is for your studio only. Not for sale to other teachers and not for sale from a music store. Your license is for your students in your studio. Thanks in adavance.:-)
Just having an excellent method book does not make one an excellent teacher. I will be putting up pages on how to properly teach the pieces as time permits. I also hope to put up some videos on YouTube and link them to this site. As things prosper, Lord willing, I will put up more of my music, and hopefully complete my BIPM Book Two. In the mean time continue using your method of choice after finishing BIPM Book One. I use Bastien Piano Basics book one, two, and sometimes three, before going on to real piano literature. The Basien Literature book one(levels 3-5) and Basien Literature book two(levels 6-8) are excellent books to work from. Since I enroll all my serious students in the Arizona Study Program, I don't use all of the supplemental books of technique, theory, etc. ASP materials cover all the theory and technique for levels 1-12. Check with your state music teachers association for more information about the programs available to you. Each state has its affiliate member organization of the Music Teachers National Association(MTNA).
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Thank You! Yours truly, Charles G. Marlowe