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Piano for the Developing Musician, Media Update, 6th Edition

  • includes Resource Center Printed Access Card
  • Martha Hilley
  • Lynn Freeman Olson
  • ISBN-10: 0495572187
  • ISBN-13: 9780495572183
  • 432 Pages | Spiralbound
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2002, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

Coauthors Martha Hilley and Lynn Freeman Olson have created an intuitive, flexible text that synthesizes keyboard skills, music theory, and creativity in every chapter, all while coordinating with theory curriculum. Designed for the music major that must pass a piano proficiency before graduating, PIANO FOR THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN, Sixth Edition, provides students with a wealth of performance music for honing their piano skills. Music from the Baroque period through the 21st century gives students a variety of compositions for practicing different performance styles. Authors Hilley and Olson also focus on improvisation, striving to encourage student creativity at the keyboard. PIANO FOR THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN, Sixth Edition, includes over 500 sound files in both MIDI and MP3 formats to help students learn individual parts of duets, multi-keyboard scores, and ensemble pieces; do self-assessment of their functional skill preparation; and aid in development of a more efficient practice process. In addition, coauthor Hilley has created a dedicated website with numerous additional materials as well as tutorials for text content. Instructors will enjoy the pedagogical approach of PIANO FOR THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN, Sixth Edition. This approach will help instructors build on the fundamental skills taught early in the book, helping their students become better-rounded musicians.


  • PIANO FOR THE DEVELOPING MUSIC, Sixth Edition, is a much smaller book, with fewer than 300 pages. The majority of the missing materials from the functional skill areas have been moved to the dedicated website. Instructors can use the website to select material that they want to make available to students.

  • Each chapter includes composition assignments that form the basis for learning key concepts and reinforcing skills learned in that chapter.

  • Exercises help students build a genuine understanding of the melodic and harmonic components of music, helping to make them better-rounded musicians.

  • Music selections range from the Baroque period to the 21st century, allowing students to practice a variety of performance styles.

  • PIANO FOR THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN, Sixth Edition, includes numerous online tutorials created by coauthor Hilley, providing support with practice suggestions and additional exercises.

About the Author

Martha Hilley

Martha Hilley joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin School of Music in 1982 as Coordinator of Group Piano and Pedagogy. Throughout her career, she has been active in piano pedagogy, teaching on the national, state, and local levels, as well as internationally in Italy, Belgium, Australia, Norway, Austria, and Taiwan. Hilley has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching throughout her career, including the Texas Excellence Teaching Award, 1983; a Dad’s Association Centennial Fellowship, 1988; and the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Outstanding Collegiate Teacher,1997. In 1992, Hilley received the prestigious Orpheus Award presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in recognition of her contributions to the field of music. She was the first College of Fine Arts faculty member to be awarded the William Blunk Endowed Professorship (1998). In 2002, Professor Hilley was named as the first MTNA Foundation Fellow for the state of Texas. Ms. Hilley was inducted into the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers in the fall of 2005. Professor Hilley was honored with the Music Teachers National Association Distinguished Service Award at the 2008 MTNA National Conference in Denver, CO. This award recognizes an MTNA leader who has provided significant and lasting volunteer service to the association. Hilley is coauthor of two college piano texts: PIANO FOR THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN and PIANO FOR PLEASURE, the first texts to embrace digital sequencer technology through disks and the first to provide Web-based computer tutorials.

Lynn Freeman Olson

Lynn Olson was an award-winning composer of piano music for adult beginners.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Chapter on Rudiments.
1. Intervals.
2. Pentascales.
3. Root Position Triads.
4. Extended Use of Intervals, Pentascales, and Triads/Dominant Seventh.
5. Chord Shapes/Pentascales with Black-Key Group.
6. Scalar Sequences/Modal Patterns/Black-Key-Group Major Scales.
7. White-Key Major Scale Fingerings/Blues Pentascale and the 12-Bar Blues.
8. White-Key Minor Scale Fingerings/Diatonic Harmonies in Minor.
9. The ii-V7-I Progression.
10. Secondary Dominants/Styles of Accompanying.
11. Harmonic Implications of Common Modes.
12. Diatonic Seventh Chords in Major and Minor/Secondary Seventh Chords.
13. Altered/Borrowed Triads.
14. Altered Seventh Chords/Extended Harmonies (Ninth, Thirteenth).
Index of Titles.
Index of Composers.

New to this edition

  • Review materials for mid-semester and final juries consist of sight reading, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation. On certain levels, these also include keyboard theory--available on the website.
  • Revised harmonization exercises created specifically for student capabilities include a variety of short excerpts to help students understand and apply harmonic concepts.
  • Duets, ensemble pieces, and multi-keyboard scores, with MIDI recordings of individual parts, assist students with both practicing and performing. Attention to Scale Fingering through a series of drills and études stress student finger and hand development and help their hands learn to work both independently and together.
  • A book-specific Resource Center created by coauthor Hilley features new material on topics such as figured bass and ensemble playing, in addition to over 500 downloadable MP3 files that reside on the dedicated website. Found at the end of each chapter, these files can aid in developing more efficient use of practice time as well as give immediate assessment feedback through modeling.
  • Exam prima vista materials for mid-semester and final juries for all four semesters including proficiency materials are available directly from the author upon request.