In Recital – Throughout The Year is a series that focuses on fabulous repertoire, with musically engaging pieces by leading FJH composers and arrangers. This series of books is carefully levelled to ensure that goals are attainable, which is essential in motivating students. Providing excellent teaching material, these books address the strengths and weaknesses of students, with progressive discussions by Dr. Helen Marlais on the art of performance and an analysis of performance strategies.Basic notes and their corresponding rests, such as quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notesPlaying tied notes, legato and staccato articulations, accents, upbeats, a few chords, blocked intervals, and five-finger hand positionsPracticing moving up and down the keyboard as well as use of the pedal to create a larger soundReinforcing basic musical terminology and symbols, such as crescendo, decrescendo, ritardando, fermata, mf, mp, forte, piano, loco, D.C. al fine, and D.S. al CodaUse of basic keys – C, F, A minor, D minor, and C minor (with accidentals instead of key signatures).
The pieces presented in these books provide repertoire for the entire year, including pieces for Halloween and Christmas, as well as arrangements of famous classical themes, with original solos and duets.
The accompanying CD includes demonstrations of the pieces presented in this book, allowing the student to develop their interpretive skills.
Volume Two – Book 2 is suitable for Elementary pianists and covers many basic principles, including: