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      A Comprehensive Piano Method by
Cathy Albergo  J. Mitzi Kolar Mark Mrozinski
Celebrate Piano!® sets young students on the           Celebrate Piano!® is the first piano method
path to lifelong success in music with its             designed to prepare students for the curricula of
innovative approach, exceptional repertoire, and       The Royal Conservatory of Music and the
engaging activities. This comprehensive method         National Music Certificate Program.
builds a solid foundation of musicianship,
preparing students for the study and enjoyment
of a wide variety of musical styles. With
Celebrate Piano!®, students are assured a
complete, inspiring, and well-rounded music

Integrated Approach                                    “We had three goals for the music of Celebrate
Celebrate Piano!® integrates five major areas of       Piano!®: the pieces had to appeal to teachers
study into every level:                                and students, they had to stand alone as
                                                       compositions worthy of performance in their
       Rhythm                                          own right, and they had to be carefully
                                                       designed so that students could experience self-
       Ear Skills                                      expression through music without being
                                                       frustrated by technical difficulties.”
       Musicianship                                                       Mark Mrozinski, Co-author of
                                                                                       Celebrate Piano!®
                                                       “With both repertoire and musicianship
       Creativity                                      activities in each lesson book, students are
                                                       exposed to delightful music at every lesson
Superior Repertoire                                    while simultaneously developing a solid musical
Celebrate Piano!® incorporates contemporary            foundation.”
and classical compositions as well as folk songs                   Dr. Reid Alexander, Professor of Music,
and popular styles.                                                                 University of Illinois

Sound Pedagogical Approach
Celebrate Piano!® embraces an experience-
before-symbol approach to learning using the
principles of preparation, presentation, and
follow-up to introduce new concepts.

Preparation for Piano Literature
Celebrate Piano!® gradually introduces
students to the challenges of elementary
classical literature. Beginning in Level 3,
students are ready to explore the extensive
range of music found in Celebration Series

                                                                                                                   Integrated Components
             Lesson and                                                            Accompaniments                                                            Solos   Flashcards

                                                                                    Celebrate CD 1A                      Celebrate          MIDI 1A
                                                                                     Piano!             ACCOMPANIMENTS    Piano!            ACCOMPANIMENTS

                                                                                      Accompaniments 1                    Accompaniments 1

                                                                                               Units 1–6                           Units 1–6
                                                                                                 from                                from
                                                                                      Lesson and Musicianship 1A          Lesson and Musicianship 1A
                                                                                              and Solos 1                         and Solos 1
            LESSON AND

   1                                                                           ™
                                                                                    CD 1A

            Celebrate Piano!

                                                                                            Ric Iannone                         Ric Iannone

                                      A Comprehensive Piano Method by
                               Cathy Albergo   J. Mitzi Kolar Mark Mrozinski





Integrated Approach: Rhythm
          Rhythm activities develop a sense of steady beat and reinforce rhythmic concepts.

                                                                  Right from the start of
                                                                  Celebrate Piano!®, students are
                                                                  taught to recognize the
                                                                  importance of the concept of
                                                                  steady beat.

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 3

Night in the Jungle is a fun,
rhythmic piece that may be
performed as an ensemble by
the teacher and student, parent
and student, or with a group
divided into gorillas and
monkeys. This activity and
others using clapping,
marching, and other off-bench
actions encourage students to
feel a steady beat.

                                                                     Lesson and Musicianship 1B, page 32

                                       Integrated Approach: Rhythm

                                                        Students are encouraged to use
                                                        syllabic counting to establish a
                                                        secure sense of pulse and
                                                        duration and reduce confusion
                                                        between finger numbers and
                                                        counting numbers.

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 16


                        Icons indicate when
                        flashcards can be used to
                        review and reinforce
                        specific concepts in the
                        Lesson and Musicianship

Writing activities provide opportunities for
students to identify elements of music and
demonstrate comprehension.

                                                           Lesson and Musicianship 3, page 19

Integrated Approach: Ear Skills
          Ear Skills activities are crucial to the development of aural awareness, good sight-reading
          skills, and general musicianship.

                                                                      Listening Game is an example of
                                                                      pitch dictation in which the
                                                                      student is asked to add one new
                                                                      note to each example. In later
                                                                      dictation activities, the student
                                                                      will write three or more notes
                                                                      before combining pitch and
                                                                      rhythm in melodic dictation.

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 76

Echo Game—Clapbacks are ear-skills activities in
which the student echoes patterns that the
teacher claps or taps using various rhythms.
Clapbacks are also used as preparation tools for
new rhythmic concepts that have not yet been
formally introduced.

In Echo Game—Playbacks, the student copies or
echoes a short melodic phrase played by the
teacher. Playbacks are a part of the long-term
plan for developing aural awareness and

                                      “Celebrate Piano!® is the best piano method I have used in
                                      my twenty-eight years of teaching. I am looking forward to
                                      having students complete the entire series, because I believe
                                      they will be the most musically well-rounded students I have
                                                      Carole Noel, Piano Teacher, Louisville, Kentucky

                                      Integrated Approach: Ear Skills

Lesson and Musicianship 2B, page 40

Activities like Pattern Detective reinforce the
student’s ability to discriminate rhythms,
intervals, and patterns.

Chord Progression Hunt is an ear-training activity
in which the student learns to discriminate
between the I and V7 chords.

                                                         Lesson and Musicianship 3, page 34

Interval Safari
Interval Safari Songs
          Middle C Safari             Level   1,   Unit   2    Students enjoy learning essential
 M2       Busy Bee Song               Level   1,   Unit   3    aural skills with Interval Safari,
 M3       Cuckoo Bird Song            Level   1,   Unit   5    activities that are part of a long-
 P5       Owl Song                    Level   1,   Unit   10   range ear-training plan. Each
 P4       Kangaroo Song               Level   1,   Unit   12   interval is identified with a
 M6       Elephant Song               Level   2,   Unit   5    particular animal character that has
 P8       Donkey Song                 Level   2,   Unit   8    its own special song for students to
 M7       Giraffe Song                Level   2,   Unit   10   sing and play. Throughout the series,
 m3       Panda Song                  Level   3,   Unit   3    illustrator William Kimber has
 m2       Quiet Little Mouse Song     Level   3,   Unit   4    cleverly created a storyline in which
 m6       Lizard Song                 Level   3,   Unit   6    the characters follow clues leading to
 m7       Calico Cat Song             Level   4,   Unit   1    new interval animals.

                                                                    Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 19

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 36

                                                                    Lesson and Musicianship 1B, page 46

Lesson and Musicianship 3, page 85

                         Integrated Approach: Musicianship
          Musicianship activities reinforce reading and theory.

Celebrate Piano!® combines intervallic,
landmark, and multiple-key approaches to
ensure that students achieve a secure foundation
in reading. Students experience a wide
topography and a variety of keys.

                                                                    The student begins by reading
                                                                    off-staff notation in Units 1 and
                                                                    2 of Level 1.

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 18

                                      “I can say without reservation that Celebrate Piano!® is the
                                      most pedagogically sound, exciting course of piano
                                      instruction for children I've seen to date. It is a perfect
                                      blend of sound intervallic reading skills, multi-key work, ear
                                      training, harmony, composition, technique, and theory. All
                                      this is coupled with a wonderful array of interesting,
                                      motivating pieces and inviting artwork that encourage rapid
                                      learning. Celebrate Piano!® stimulates me to be a better
                                      teacher as a result.”
                                                Kevin M. Coan, Piano Teacher, Newington, Connecticut

Intervallic Reading

                                                                     Intervallic and directional
                                                                     reading is introduced in Level 1,
                                                                     Unit 3 with the presentation of
                                                                     the staff, line and space notes,
                                                                     and the interval of a 2nd.
                                                                     Students begin their reading
                                                                     experience by recognizing that
                                                                     notes move up or down and
                                                                     that they move a certain

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 31

Letter clefs are used in Units 4
through 7 of Level 1 to identify
the first note of the piece and
relate the music alphabet to the
staff. After finding their starting
note from the letter clef,
students can easily read the
interval direction and distance.

                                                                       Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 55

  “I found Celebrate Piano!® to be a comprehensive, user-friendly piano method. Each unit
  has an excellent sequence of activities; there are fine musical and pianistic compositions and
  the flow of important ideas for student development is carefully worked out for maximum
  learning. The delightful illustrations create a fun visual environment while enhancing the
  learning experience.”
                                       Monica Gaylord, Piano Faculty, The Royal Conservatory of Music


                                            The introduction of the Grand
                                            Staff, Treble and Bass clefs, and
                                            the Landmark C’s in Level 1,
                                            Unit 8 is an important step for
                                            students as they begin to
                                            combine intervallic reading
                                            with landmarks.

Lesson and Musicianship 1B, page 18

By Level 1, Unit 10, students
should recognize the Landmark
C’s and be able to visualize and
name the notes a 2nd or 3rd
away from each landmark. The
introduction of Treble G and
Bass F gives students a new set
of landmarks within the Grand

                                               Lesson and Musicianship 1B, page 43

                                           The landmarks High C and Low C
                                           are presented in Level 2 to expand
                                           the reading range of students.
                                           Familiarity with the ledger lines
                                           above and below the Grand Staff
                                           will serve students well when they
                                           approach early classical music.

Lesson and Musicianship 2A, page 8

                                                                  Transposition, a musicianship skill
                                                                  that reinforces reading and the
                                                                  multiple-key approach, is introduced
                                                                  step by step throughout Celebrate

                                                                  In Level 1, pieces are transposed
                                                                  by simply moving the hand from
                                                                  a black-key group to a white-key
                                                                  group and vice versa.
                                                                  Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 33

 After the introduction of 5-finger patterns in
 Level 2, Unit 3, students are asked to move from
 one 5-finger pattern to another.
                    Lesson and Musicianship 2A, page 36

                                                 After the introduction of sharp key signatures in
                                                 Level 2, Unit 6, students are asked to move from
                                                 one key to another.
                                                 Lesson and Musicianship 4, page 32

                               Integrated Approach: Technique
          Finger Gyms are technical exercises that develop physical skills.

                                                                    These finger gyms are great
                                                                    warm-up exercises to use at the
                                                                    lesson and for at-home practice.

Lesson and Musicianship 1B, page 42

Balancing Act prepares the student to play
staccato in the left hand against the right-hand
legato phrases.

  “This approach to learning will create
  young pianists who are completely
  comfortable at the keyboard because they
  understand the language of music. There is
  good reason to celebrate!”
         Aasta Levene, Chief Examiner Emeritus,
                             RCM Examinations

                                                                       Lesson and Musicianship 2B, page 32

Integrated Approach: Technique

                                                        Down–Up Dance introduces the student to the
                                                        two-note slur.

Lesson and Musicianship 3, page 53

Exercises like Triple Cross are fun and
challenging to play. They help prepare the
student for a variety of finger crossings and

  “The most secure foundation in technique
  and musicianship of any method . . . and
  the kids love it!”
           Peter MacKinnon, RCM Examiner and
            Piano Teacher, Peterborough, Ontario

                                                                          Lesson and Musicianship 4, page 22

                                  Integrated Approach: Creativity
          Creative activities reinforce new elements and concepts and encourage students to
          compose and improvise.

                                                           The Question and Answer activity is introduced in
                                                           Level 1 and continues throughout Levels 2, 3,
                                                           and 4. The student plays the Question and then
                                                           improvises an Answer. Eventually, the student
                                                           writes both the Question and the Answer,
                                                           leading to the composition of short pieces by
                                                           the end of Celebrate Piano!®.

Lesson and Musicianship 2B, page 15

                                                              Lesson and Musicianship 2A, page 56

Starting in Level 1, students are asked to change
one or two notes or rests in creative activities to
create simple variations—an important first step
in stylistic and jazz improvisation.

                                                                                 Lesson and Musicianship 3, page 21

Integrated Approach: Creativity

                                                                          In creative activities, the
                                                                          student applies imagination and
                                                                          an understanding of musical
                                                                          elements and style to original
                                                                          improvisations and

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 13

Creative activities provide
students with an opportunity
for free expression and the
chance to experiment. In many
activities, students are
encouraged to draw a song in
any way they like.

                                                Lesson and Musicianship 2B, page 71

                                      Animal March as composed by David Grimm, age 5,
                                      a student of Amy Immerman from Cincinnati, Ohio.

                                                              Superior Repertoire
                                                         Throughout both the Lesson and Musicianship
                                                         books and Solos books, Celebrate Piano!®
                                                         introduces repertoire that will develop a strong
                                                         foundation in reading and foster a love of music
                                                         of all styles. The Solos books support and
                                                         reinforce key elements from the corresponding
                                                         Lesson and Musicianship books with a rich
                                                         and varied selection of repertoire.

                                                         Celebrate Piano!® incorporates original works
                                                         by leading North American composers:

                                                         Susan Alcon              Stephen Chatman
                                                         Anne Crosby              Pierre Gallant
                                                         Mark Mrozinski           Linda Niamath
                                                         Susan Ogilvy             Lorna Paterson
                                                         Elvina Pearce            Dale Reubart

Dale Reubart, Square Dance, Solos 3&4, page 33

Celebrate Piano!® also includes early
elementary compositions by:

Béla Bartók                   James Hook
Hermann Berens                Dmitri Kabalevsky
Benjamin Carr                 Louis Köhler
Muzio Clementi                Anton Krause
Carl Czerny                   Leopold Mozart
Anton Diabelli                Alexander Reinagle
Cornelius Gurlitt             Ludwig Shytte
Johan Wilhelm Hässler         Daniel Gottlob Türk
Franz Joseph Haydn

                                                             Dmitri Kabalevsky, Little Song and Polka, Solos 2, page 28

Superior Repertoire
                                                              Throughout Celebrate Piano!®, aural awareness
                                                              is developed through exposure to diverse styles
                                                              and genres and through accompaniments that
                                                              present a rich musical soundscape.

                                                              Celebrate Piano!® Accompaniments
                                                              • are available in both CD and MIDI formats
                                                              • include imaginative arrangements of the
                                                                student parts and teacher accompaniments
                                                                for all the pieces in the Lesson and
                                                                Musicianship books and Solos books
                                                              • are orchestrated by Ric Iannone, a
                                                                professional performer with a diverse musical
                                                                background, specializing in piano and organ
                                                              • incorporate diverse rhythmic patterns,
                                                                textures, and instrumentation

                                                                     From using the Celebrate Piano!®
                                                                     Accompaniments, students will:
                                                                     • acquire an understanding of color and
                                                                     • be able to simulate performance in an
                                                                       ensemble setting
                                                                     • develop an improved awareness of steady
                                                                       pulse, secure aural skills, and confident
Elvina Pearce, Singin’ the Blues, Lesson and Musicianship 3, page 16   musicianship

  “Celebrate Piano!® will
  especially appeal to
  teachers who value
  creativity and who use
  MIDI disks with their
  teaching. The three authors
  have created a method that
  is logically sequential and
  steadily develops
  musicianship. Ric Iannone,
  the orchestrator, has
  developed accompaniments
  that both inspire and
  enhance. Congratulations
  to all!”
              Brenda Dillon and
                   Lynda Garcia

                                                                         Raindrops, Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 6

                                       Sound Pedagogical Approach
Preparation, Presentation, Follow-up

                                                                  Preparation activities allow
                                                                  students to hear and physically feel
                                                                  a musical element or concept
                                                                  before it is formally introduced in
                                                                  the repertoire. Preparation often
                                                                  occurs in Ear Skills activities, Finger
                                                                  Gyms, Musicianship, or Creative
                                                                  activities. Preparation elements are
                                                                  identified with a preparation icon ▲
                                                                  in the Lesson and Musicianship
                                                                  Lesson and Musicianship 1A, Unit 2, page 21

 The new element or concept is
 presented in a highlighted box at
 the top of the page. It is then
 included in the repertoire and
 Lesson and Musicianship 1A, Unit 3, page 32

                                                                  The element or concept is reinforced
                                                                  in the repertoire and through an
                                                                  improvisation, composition, or
                                                                  other activity.
                                                                  Lesson and Musicianship 1A, Unit 4, page 49

 “Celebrate Piano!® is a wonderful music series. The students have many ways to practice the skills
 or concepts: playing, writing, listening, singing, and performing. I love the way that the series uses
 a spiral curriculum; students learn new concepts while continuing to build upon the old ones.”
                                                  Patty Baranski, Piano Teacher, Southington, Connecticut

Sound Pedagogical Approach
Practice Plans
A Practice Plan at the top of the page encourages the
student to develop a good practice routine. Parents
can use the Practice Plan as a reference for
monitoring their child’s practice.

Students use this abbreviation before playing a piece
at the lesson and during practice at home.

T = Tap and ta the rhythm with a
     steady beat
I = Say the interval direction and size
P = Find the phrases and repeated patterns
PS = Play and say intervals, ta’s, note names, or words

                                                                       Lesson and Musicianship 2A, page 11

                                           For some pieces, students write their own Practice Plan,
                                           which helps them to think about the piece, identify
                                           musical problems, and incorporate good practice habits.

Lesson and Musicianship 1A, page 58

You Be the Judge!
This activity encourages students to
listen and evaluate their playing. If
students are able to hear and relate
what and how they are actually
playing to the written score, they are
more able to recognize errors and
make corrections.

  You Be the Judge! was inspired by
  Becky Corley, a piano teacher in
  Dallas, Texas

                                                                       Lesson and Musicianship 1B, page 38

                                Sound Pedagogical Approach
Planning Your Lesson

Celebrate Piano!® is grouped into units of             The repertoire pieces are grouped in the middle
study incorporating Repertoire, Finger Gyms            of the unit and “sandwiched” with activities.
(technique), Musicianship (reading and theory),        Teachers are encouraged to organize the material
Rhythm, Ear Skills, and Creativity.                    in each unit into one or two lessons according
                                                       to the age and learning pace of the student,
                                                       rather than teach page by page.

                                                         Sample Lesson for Introducing 3rds
                                                         Lesson and Musicianship 1A, Unit 5

                                                         Finger Gym       Finger Aerobics, page 56
                                                         New Concept      Discovering 3rds, page 60
                                                         Ear Skills       Cuckoo Bird Song, page 63
                                                         Repertoire       Trombones, page 61
                                                         Repertoire       Fuzzy Caterpillar, page 62
                                                         Creativity       Dancing Letters, page 66

page 56

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                                                                                                 page 61

Exploring Celebrate Piano! : Level 1

Sound Pedagogical Approach
Teacher’s Guide

This resource provides an introduction to the
pedagogical philosophy of Celebrate Piano!®
and presents a level-by-level overview of the
method. The Teacher’s Guide offers strategies
for incorporating and sequencing activities
during lessons including:
• charts outlining the Preparation, Presentation,
  and Follow-up of concepts, elements, and
  technical skills introduced in the Lesson and
  Musicianship and Solos books
• Teacher’s Notes and Tips

        UNIT BY UNIT DISCUSSION                                                                                                       UNIT BY UNIT DISCUSSION

          Preparation                          Presentation                          Follow-up                                           Div. 1                            D                             iv. 2
          • 2nds                               • Music staff                         • Up/down/same                                       27                  Left–Right–Both Workout!                   37                Echo Game—Clapbacks!
          • Music alphabet                     • Line notes and space notes          • Low/middle/high                                    36                  Rhythm Taps                                37                Game o’ Listening
          • Dotted half note                   • Interval: 2nd or step               • Black-key groups                                   28                  Line Note or Space Note?                   33                Brass Band
          • Legato                             • Dynamics: p and f                   • Steady beat                                        28                  Drawing Notes                              35                2nd Chance
          • Hands together (HT)                • Phrase                              • Quarter and half notes                             29                  Discovering 2nds                           38                My Day at the Circus
          • Independent fingers 1, 2, 3                                               • RH and LH                                          30                  Stepping Along                             34                Clouds
                                                                                     • Finger numbers                                     31                  Deep Blue Sea                              35                Fun Thumb Phrases!
                                                                                     • Middle C                                           27                  Middle C Safari                            39                Prairie Song
        UNIT 3: OVERVIEW                                                                                                                  36                  Interval Safari: Busy Bee Song               7—Solos 1       Lullaby
                                                                                                                                          37                  Echo Song—Playbacks                        35                Alphabet Cheer!
         PAGE ACTIVITY                      PRESENTATION                  PREPARATION ▲                 SPECIAL         DIV.              32                  Whisper or Shout
                                                                                                        ACTIVITY                            6—Solos 1         Carousel Waltz
         31    Deep Blue Sea                2nds                                                        Transpose          1          TEACHER’S NOTES AND TIPS
         32    Whisper or Shout             p, f; 2nds                                                  YBTJ!              1
                                                                                                                                      Reading                                                    Musicianship
         33    Brass Band                   f; 2nds                                                     Transpose          2
                                                                                                                                      Intervallic and directional reading is introduced in       Phrasing
         34    Clouds                       Phrase; p; 2nds                                             Transpose          2          Unit 3 with the presentation of the staff, line and        Expressive playing and phrasing is an essential part of
         39    Prairie Song                 Phrase; p; 2nds                                             YBTJ!              2          space notes, and the interval of a 2nd. Students need      piano lessons. Although students may take some time
               Solos                                                                                                                  to begin their reading experience by recognizing that      before they master the art of shaping a phrase, they
                                                                                                                                      notes move up or down and that they move a certain         can understand that the last note in a phrase should
          6    Carousel Waltz               f; 2nds                                                                        1          distance.                                                  be played softly and that they should breath or lift
          7    Lullaby                      Phrase; p; 2nds                                                                2                                                                     between phrases. Have your student listen as you
               Finger Gyms                                                                                                            Saying the interval direction and size before they play,   model beautiful phrases.
                                                                                                                                      becomes a regular part of the Practice Plan. Students
         27    Left–Right–Both Workout!                                   HT; 2nds                                         1          may play the piece in their lap, on the keyboard           Practice Plan
         35    Fun Thumb Phrases!!          Phrase; p; 2nds               Legato; ind. fingers 1, 2, 3 Transpose            2          cover, or “in the air,” as they chant (“start, up a 2nd,   In order to encourage good practice habits, the
               Musicianship                                                                                                           down a 2nd,” etc.). These activities give students a       authors begin introducing abbreviations for specific
                                                                                                                                      physical sense of direction and highlight the fingers       activities. In Unit 3, the student learns: T = Tap and
         28    Line Note or Space Note?     Music staff; line and space                                                    1          they will use before they play their piece on the          ta the rhythm with a steady beat. These directions
                                            notes                                                                                     piano.                                                     should be followed both at the lesson and at home.
         28    Drawing Notes                Line and space notes                                                           1
         29    Discovering 2nds             2nds                                                        F2                 1          By using the principles of intervallic and directional     Ear Skills
         30    Stepping Along               2nds                                                                           1          reading, students can read quickly and easily              Interval: 2nd
                                                                                                                                      anywhere on the keyboard, and transpose with ease.         The Busy Bee Song uses 2nds. Students are
         35    2nd Chance                   2nds                                                                           2          Teachers and parents are cautioned to avoid naming         encouraged to sing this song several times a day,
         35    Alphabet Cheer!                                            Music alphabet                                   2          the lines and spaces as this slows down the reading        starting from Middle C. The goal is to instill the
               Rhythm                                                                                                                 process and interferes with the student’s ability to       sound of a Major 2nd in the ear.
                                                                                                                                      concentrate on the interval and direction. Note
         36    Rhythm Taps                                                                              Create             1          naming should be introduced and reinforced with            Tips:
               Ear Skills                                                                                                             flashcards after the presentation of the Grand staff        Clouds (p. 34)
         27    Middle C Safari                                                                                             1          and landmarks in Level 1B, Unit 8.                         To reinforce the performance of the phrase, add the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 word “lift” when chanting. For example, chant “ta,
         36    Interval Safari: Busy Bee Song 2nd                                                                          1          Movement                                                   lift” on the last half note in each phrase.
         37    Game o’ Listening                                                                                           2          When singing or chanting interval direction and size,
         37    Echo Game—Clapbacks!                                       Dotted half note                             2              students can use large arm motions to draw the             Drawing Notes (p. 28)
         37    Echo Game—Playbacks!         Phrase; p; 2nds               Dotted half note                             1              directional shape of pieces in the air.                    Specific instructions for drawing notes have not been
                                                                                                                                                                                                 given because stem direction is not a major concern
               Creativity                                                                                                                                                                        at this point. However, the teacher may provide some
         38    My Day at the Circus                                                                                        2                                                                     guidance regarding stem placement and direction.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The stem direction rule appears later.

   16                                     Level 1, Unit 3                     C              elebrate Piano! ™ Teacher’s Guide        Celebrate Piano! ™ Teacher’s Guide                               Level 1, Unit 3                                     17

                                                                   Celebrate Piano! : Level 1
                                                         ExploringPreparation for Literature

Students will graduate from Celebrate Piano!®                                                           Selected repertoire from Celebrate Piano!®
with the technical facility and musical                                                                 serves the curricula of RCM Examinations and
understanding needed to make a smooth                                                                   the National Music Certificate Program at the
transition into classical literature such as that                                                       Preparatory A and Preparatory B Levels, and
found in Celebration Series Perspectives®.                                                              Level 1.

                                            Year 1                                           Year 2               Year 3                Year 4

                 LESSON AND



                 Celebrate Piano!

                                           A Comprehensive Piano Method by
                                    Cathy Albergo   J. Mitzi Kolar Mark Mrozinski

                                                                          Preparatory A                       Preparatory B             Grade 1

                                                                                        “Students studying from Celebrate Piano!® will be well
                                                                                        prepared and eager to approach the classical literature of
                                                                                        Celebration Series Perspectives®. Teachers should indeed
                                                                                        celebrate this new resource which is certain to become the
                                                                                        method of choice for students moving into The Royal
                                                                                        Conservatory of Music curriculum.”
                                                                                         James F. Lawless, Chief Examiner Emeritus, RCM Examinations

Exploring Celebrate Piano! : Level 1

About the Authors

J. Mitzi Kolar is director of graduate     Cathy Albergo, a curricular expert in       Mark Mrozinski served for twelve years
studies in music and the director of the   the field of piano pedagogy, has            as Coordinator of the Harper Music
graduate degree program in piano           contributed numerous articles to            Academy, the community music school
pedagogy at San Diego State University,    professional keyboard journals. She is      associated with William Rainey Harper
School of Music and Dance, where she       currently Professor of Music and Music      College in Palatine, Illinois. He has
specializes in teaching piano              Department Chair at the University of       served as both the East Central Division
performance, class piano, and piano        North Carolina at Wilmington and has        President of Music Teachers National
pedagogy. Mitzi Kolar is the author of     served as President of the Illinois State   Association and as President of the
Music in Education, a keyboard/            Music Teachers Association, National        Illinois State Music Teachers
technology-based public school music       Certification Chair of the Music            Association. He currently serves as
curriculum published and distributed       Teachers National Association, and          Dean of Continuing Education at
by Yamaha Corporation of America.          Regional Chair of the National              Harper College. Mark Mrozinski
Mitzi Kolar currently serves on the        Association of Schools of Music. Cathy      maintains a studio in his home, is an
theory review committee for the Music      Albergo is a co-author of Celebration       active clinician and adjudicator, and
Teachers Association of California         Series Perspectives®, Handbook for          has published a collection of
(MTAC) Certificate of Merit program.       Teachers, published by The Frederick        elementary piano solos entitled
                                           Harris Music Co., Limited.                  Enchanted Forest.

The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited
Since 1904, The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited has published educational print music materials designed to suit the
specific needs of studio teachers and their students. The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited publishes the works of many
of the most widely recognized creators, teachers, and performers in the field of music education.

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