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Introduction - (56K)
  Gives some useful tips about using the book, plus has picts of the keyboard percussion instruments.
Lesson One - (116K)
  Introduces the music theory basics. Provides 2 pages of written material so student can understand layout of keyboard, musical alphabet & naming notes on the keyboard.
Lesson Two - (116K)
  Begins with written counting exercise in 4/4 - just quarter notes and quarter rests. Music theory introduces half steps so that students understand concept of FLAT SIGNS. Bb is introduced with 2 lines (mixed up counting so that the students are forced to keep their eyes on the keyboard). Ab is added and "mixed up" with Bb's. Appendix reinforces finding notes on the keyboard.
Lesson Three - (108K)
  Half notes & rests are introduced. "Speed Tests" are provided so that students begin to realize that fast "thinking skills" are important to note name recognition. More reinforcement of key finding skills. The Gb is introduced with easy lines using Gb, Ab & Bb. The concept of the WHOLE STEP is introduced with written exercises to reinforce finding a pitch on a keyboard that is up or down a whole step from the note name given.
Lesson Four - (120K)
  Note recognition exercises are teamed with keyboard so that students must NAME the note AND find the proper key on the keyboard. Flat Signs are reinforced. Extra practice on lines with Gb, Ab & Bb - "Hot Cross Buns" & "Claire De Lune." The concept of the SHARP sign is introduced where students find the correct SHARP note on the keyboard by moving up a half step from the natural. The two notes F & G (natural) are introduced, then are placed in an exercise with Ab & Bb. The use of the accidentals gives the students a "landmark" for locating the natural keys.
Lesson Five (152K)
  Students are introduced to the TETRACHORD (first 4 notes of the major scale). Written exercises have students naming the tetrachords based on starting notes, using the whole, whole, half step sequence. The new note de jour is Eb. A line is given that isolates Eb. Ab & Bb, then the students play "Mary Had A Little Lamb" duet which uses the first five notes of the Eb scale. All accidentals are marked (no key signatures yet).
Lesson Six - (132K)
  Exercises that teach LEDGER LINES are used to teach the concept of notes going above or below the staff. Students use the musical alphabet to "walk up" and down through a series of ledger lines. The notes C & D below the staff are introduced (larger keyboard bars make going BELOW the staff more feasible than continuing to go UP!). Whole notes are introduced. Written exercises have students drawing notes on the staff, including flat signs and sharp signs. The new note low Bb is introduced, with the song "Lightly Row."
Lesson Seven - (128K)
  Eighth notes are given with rhythmic written exercises given. Songs continue to reinforce the notes Bb, C, D, Eb, F & G. The KEY SIGNATURE is shown with exercises that have students circle the notes affected by various flat and sharp key signs. These key signatures are then used in short 2 & 3 line familiar songs. The Appendix reinforces the TETRACHORD by having students find the notes on a keyboard (using whole, whole & half steps), then writing the correct ACCIDENTAL where appropriate. Music Reading Exercises reinforce the low notes (Bb, C, D & Eb), then high notes (F, G, Ab & Bb).
Lesson Eight - (128K)
  Students get extra practice on KEY SIGNATURES throughout this lesson. Written exercises are given where students mark the correct keys on a keyboard using various key signatures. In the Appendix, students NAME the key signature accidentals and draw a flat or sharp by notes in a line which are affected by the key signature. The new note A natural is introduced with some easy reading lines using A, Bb, C & D (all using stepwise motion). "Skip to my Lou" reinforces these low notes on the keyboard. Dotted Half Notes are taught, with written exercises in which students separate notes into measures by drawing bar lines. The new note LOW Ab is given with familiar songs to reinforce the low Ab-F.
Lesson Nine - (128K)
  Note values are reinforced with mathematical written material (add the note values together to find number of beats in quarter time). Notes that have been introduced in previous lessons get reinforcement through the use of fun songs: "Shortnin' Bread Duet," "And _ingo was his Name," "Erie Canal," and "Polly Wolly Doodle." Students spell note names of tetrachords (with sharp & flat hints). The appendix provides more note & key signature recognition by having students locate the proper notes on a keyboard using the key signature.
Lesson Ten - (112K)
  Music Theory: Ties & 1st/2nd Endings. Students draw notes on the staff and above the staff using LEDGER LINES. Same notes introduced previously are reinforced. The double stop is used for the first time with the melody & harmony to "Ode to Joy." Rolls are introduced with the fun song, "When the Saints." Lots more "find the note" written exercises are given in the Appendix.
Lesson Eleven - (136K)
  Students are taught "music math" by adding tied note values together, then finding the missing number in a time signature when given a measure of various note values. The first new note in several lessons is introduced: C in the third space. Songs get progressively more difficult, requiring more diligent practice (rather than just simple reading). The concept of a NATURAL sign canceling a key signature note is introduced, along with written exercises. The "Surprise Symphony" used an accidental as well. The Appendix provides more reinforcement for TETRACHORDS.
Lesson Twelve - (120K)
  The BASS CLEF is introduced with very simple note name recognition exercises (similar to Lesson One in treble clef). The concept of adding two tetrachords together with a whole step is given, along with the C Major Scale. The new note Eb is used in "Yankee Doodle," which also reinforces the high notes on the keyboard & the Bach "Serenade" reinforces the low notes. A new form of "speed test" is utilized where student roll on one pitch while locating the next pitch on the page. Intervals are extreme, so "easy note recognition" or memorization won't be a factor!
Lesson Thirteen - (132K)
  Dotted QUARTER notes are introduced, with rhythmic lines for reinforcement. The high note F (top line) is given & the first use of the SHARP SIGN in a song is introduced (although students have been naming sharp notes on the staff for some time). More note recognition exercises in BASS CLEF - progressively more difficult, of course. "Simple Gifts" provides a challenge to more advanced students. The Appendix introduces the concept of finding "patterns" in music when sightreading.
Lesson Fourteen - (136K)
  The concept of "SYNCOPATION" is introduced & rhythmic lines are used to demonstrate the accent on the upbeat. The "Keyboard Boogie" reinforces the syncopation concept, as well as utilizing the natural sign to cancel sharp notes. Musical terms: Forte, Mezzoforte, Piano, Crescendo, Accelerando are all utilized in the song "Russian Sailor's Dance." "Turkey in the Straw" gives motivated students a challenge. Dynamic markings contribute to this 5 line song that can be used for solo contest. Lots more BASS CLEF note recognition lines in the Appendix set up our first real "song" in bass clef on Lesson Sixteen!
Lesson Fifteen - (136K)
  More "musical terms" are introduced, this time tempo markings: Largo, Andante, Moderato, Allegro & Presto. 16th notes are used for the first time, with exercises for note value recognition. Our first major solo is on this lesson, one that most students love to perform for solo contests: "William Tell Overture."
Lesson Sixteen - (136K)
  This lesson introduces the first "music reading" line in BASS CLEF. Most students by this time feel pretty comfortable with bass clef because of the number of written studies that they have done on note recognition. Notes are all "stepwise" and this contributes to a great first experience in this new clef. The concept of LEGATO ROLLS are introduced with Dvorak's "Largo" from Symphony #9, along with the D.C. al Fine. More musical training is provided with von Weber's "Hunter's Chorus," another great solo or recital piece.
Lesson Seventeen - (136K)
  Students are introduced to INTERVALS, using an exercise that has them measure the distance between a beginning note and an interval up or down from that note. There is more BASS CLEF note reading with Dussek's "Old Dance" which uses almost all stepwise motion and can be played on a Low-A marimba (or up an octave if one is not available). The first "speed test" using rolled whole notes in bass clef is also given. Note recognition in treble clef is also reinforced through a "name the note" speed test that has a key signature and notes with accidentals placed all over the staff (and beyond!).
Lesson Eighteen - (152K)
  The Dotted 8th, 16th note rhythm is introduced and reinforced with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Schumann's "Soldier's March" uses double stops with repetitive left hand harmony. Lots & LOTS of note recognition studies are provided in the Appendix, with reinforcement of INTERVALS. The Appendix "Reading Exercises" focus on patterns that have repeated notes and moving lines.
Lesson Nineteen - (132K)
  Students spell MAJOR SCALES using whole and half steps in the Appendix of this lesson. "8" time signatures are introduced with rhythmic lines using dotted quarter, quarter & 8th notes. "Irish Washerwoman" uses 6/8, while "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" uses 9/8. The concept of LEGATO ROLLS is reinforced through "slur markings."
Lesson Twenty - (148K)
  Cut Time is introduced with a major solo work (Clementi's "Sonatina"). All concepts previously introduced in the book comes back on this final lesson.

Here are three special "added" attractions of
"A Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion"!

Technique Exercises - (160K)
  Four pages of exercises that work on ALTERNATING STROKES (using scales, thirds, repeating notes & chromatics), ROLLS, and DOUBLE STOPS (thirds, octave and "moving line" patterns).
A "Mini-Book" for Timpani Instruction - (272K)
  All of the fundamentals, but no fluff! Everything the beginning percussionist needs to know about playing the timpani - finding the proper beating spot, the correct stroke style, moving from drum to drum, passing strokes, how to tune the timpani, muffling, rolls and passing rolls. Five graduated etudes are provided which take students through various styles of stroke and muffling techniques. Tuning changes WITHIN the etudes make for an extra challenge. The final etude can be played for solo contest or recitals. It includes tempo & style changes, several tuning changes & a Da Capo repeat - very challenge to the intermediate level percussionist!
Scales - (200K)
  This is worth $10.95 all by itself! All 12 TETRACHORDS, MINI-SCALES & ARPEGGIOS, and MAJOR SCALES are given with drawings of the keyboard with correct notes provided! If your students can't learn scales with THESE pages, they must be brain dead!