by Daniel McFarlane
Series: Supersonics Piano Method
Level: click here to view the flowchart
Book information: Spiral bound; 114 pages
Supersonics Piano Method Level One is designed for complete beginners and will provide 12-18 months of material. The target age range is 6-10 but it is suitable for all ages (older beginners may be more suited to Quick Start though). There are three ways to effectively use this method:
TAKE A LOOK INSIDE
Modules: This book features the first 11 modules in the course (there are 30 in total). Each module is targeted towards a particular technique, note-reading range or rhythm making it easy to understand and to integrate supplementary material.
Techniques: Six fundamental techniques are taught in this book. These give students a very strong technical foundation.
Note-reading: On the stave notation is taught from the very first piece and the reading approach is intervallic + landmark note based. A unique feature of this method is the inclusion of repetitive melodic patterns that serve as "building blocks" for pieces.
Rhythm: Any rhythmic system can be used with this method (e.g. French rhythm names or counting) making it very flexible and adaptable.
Style: The greater majority of this book consists of original pieces by me! These are composed in an engaging, contemporary style. In order to expand a student's musical range I have also included folk tunes, nursery rhymes, canons and popular classic arrangements (an exploration of more "authentic" classical repertoire is included in Levels Two and Three).
Creative: This book includes call and response pieces, simple harmonization exercises and an introduction to composition.
Popular harmony: A unique feature of this method is the inclusion of the structured development of practical contemporary harmony skills. This commences in Module Ten and continues throughout the rest of the method.
Supersonics Plus is the online system that works in conjunction with this book in order to give you the "complete" method experience. Supersonics Plus features:
Rote pieces: Every module in this book has several rote pieces associated with it. You can use these pieces to introduce or consolidate new techniques/concepts and to challenge students with a different style of learning (although it is recommended that you use these pieces they can be omitted without any detriment).
Backing tracks: Every original piece has a backing track. Practicing with backing tracks is a great way to develop a strong sense of beat.
Teacher duets: Every piece in the first eight modules has a teacher duet. These develop a student's ensemble skills.
Supplementary repertoire: Supersonics Plus features a huge library of supplementary pieces.
Theory: a structured online theory course is included in Supersonics Plus. The course is highly practical and is based on the repertoire featured in the method.
Rhythm Builders: Every piece has a Rhythm Builder worksheet associated with it.
Improvisation: Every module in this book has an improvisation piece to explore.
|MODULE ONE||MODULE FIVE||MODULE TEN|
|Can You Count?
|Up and Down||Texting||Spooky|
|Count It Out||In the Dark||
|Light of the Moon (Traditional)||The Chase||Dungeon Run|
|Mary Had a Little Lamb (Traditional)||
Hot Cross Buns (Traditional)
|Call and Response One||Call and Response Five||March Slav (Tchaikovsky)|
|MODULE TWO||MODULE SIX||The Princess Pat (Traditional)|
|Stepping Up||Stretchy||The Beginning|
|Stepping Up and Down||Reach the Stars||MODULE ELEVEN|
|Up and Down Again||
Trapped in the Maze
That’s So Sad
|Step and a Skip||
Pop Goes the Weasel (Traditional)
|Piano Pro||Brother John (Traditional)||
|Left and Right||Call and Response Six||Flight Over the Mountains|
|All Together Now
|Don’t Let Go!||
|Skip To It||Waltzing Up|
|The Cuckoo (Traditional)
|Lightly Row (Traditional)||
|Call and Response Two||
London Bridge is Falling Down (Traditional)
|MODULE THREE||Call and Response Seven|
|Louds and Softs||
|Let’s Get Loud!||Sneaky|
Lord of the Keys
|Hot Cross Buns (Traditional)
||Sounds From Below|
|Sweetly Sings the Donkey (Traditional)||Mysterioso|
|Call and Response Three||Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Traditional)|
|MODULE FOUR||A Sad Canon|
|Don’t Trip!||Skip To My Lou (Traditional)|
|Sad Steps||Call and Response Eight|
|Ghostly Waltz||MODULE NINE|
|Happy and Sad||
|Aura Lee (Poulton)||Sir Prance-Alot
|Little Mary’s Lost Her Lamb||
|Call and Response Four||
Ghosts and Ghouls
|Call and Response Nine|
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