If you have tween, teen, and adult piano students who are working in a level 3 method book or higher, you are probably pretty excited for the upcoming release of WunderKeys Intermediate Pop Studies For Piano 1.
If this is the first time you’ve heard mention of this exciting resource, you can learn everything you need to know in the post we shared here a few days ago.
While the release date is just days away (Tuesday, April 16), we’ve been inundated with messages from teachers who can’t wait to see inside WunderKeys Intermediate Pop Studies For Piano 1! EDIT: The book is now avaiable on Amazon.
So, to tide everyone over until Tuesday, today we’re sharing a look-and-listen preview where you can hear sound samples and look inside the book
See And Hear The Difference Pop Piano Studies Will Make
As mentioned on Tuesday, WunderKeys Intermediate Pop Studies For Piano 1 contains 63 jam-packed pages of pop-infused piano studies that are divided into six units covering the keys of C major, A minor, G major, E minor, F major, and D minor.
These units (designed to help your teens gain comfort in a variety of key signatures while playing cool music that sounds nothing like technical work) contain exploratory theory pages, scale practice piano solos, lead sheet triad training, chord-focused sight reading, lap tap clap rhythm work, and left-hand pattern improv practice.
Click on the image below to preview samples pages of the activities found in Unit 2: A Minor. If you like what you see, head on over to Amazon to get your copy. When you have finished the visual preview keep reading to check out the sound samples!
Check Out Our Sound Samples
Below you can listen to sound samples of the scale practice piano solos, lead sheet triad training, and left-hand pattern improv pieces. If you like what you hear, head on over to Amazon to get your copy.
1. Scale Practice Sound Samples
Scale practice serves to build muscle memory and reinforce the finger patterns that are required to perform music in a given key. But who said that these benefits are only gained when playing the scale up and then back down again? Listen below as we share a sound sample of some scale study pop piano solos that provide all of the benefits of traditional scale work while allowing your students to make music with “in context” scales that are actually fun to play!
F Major Pop Piano Scale Study:
E Minor Pop Piano Scale Study:
2. Lead Sheet Triad Training Samples
Each unit in the book contains a lead sheet section designed to reinforce the triad of each key. The simplified left hand provided by the lead sheet format allows students to hyper-focus on the hand shapes found in both solid and broken triads while still creating music that sounds awesome. Triads are often reinforced again in later sections of each unit as teens explore various left-hand patterns. Have a listen to some lead sheet triad training samples below:
G Major Lead Sheet Triad Training:
E Minor Lead Sheet Triad Training:
3. Left-Hand Pattern Improv Samples:
While the triad training lead sheets in each unit reinforce the fingering patterns and hand shapes in the right hand, the left-hand pattern improv pieces give the LH time to shine. Using a carefully-designed improv format, your students practice commonly-found accompaniment patterns with their left hand while boosting their creativity. Your teens will have the opportunity to explore left-hand patterns including waltz pattern, broken chords, Alberti bass, broken fifths and more as they continue to gain comfort in each key.
A Minor Left-Hand Pattern Improv (Polka):
D Minor Left-Hand Pattern Improv (Broken Chords):