Folia-Featured-Image2

With Abandon!

The Music ’Tis madness. Truly. To the Portuguese, who originated this musical form in the late 15th century, La Folia (Foh-LEE-ah) was music for singing and dancing, and the singing and dancing were often so riotous that the participants appeared “empty-headed.” The Folia was a 16-bar melodic and harmonic pattern, sometimes with a short coda, […]

220px-Claude_Debussy_atelier_Nadar

Homage to Debussy

The music world honours Debussy this year, the 100th anniversary of his death. Pianists have always enjoyed playing one of his most beautiful pieces, Clair de lune. It is the third in a set of four pieces grouped under a title drawn from a poem by Paul Verlaine. The poet refers to dancing “masqueraders and bergamaskers,” […]

ACE-Featured-Image

Teach and Learn with ACE

To the student, Piano Adventures implies an exciting exploration. To the teacher, Piano Adventures implies a philosophy and mission to develop the student’s musical mind and heart. The process of guiding a young person to develop the mind (intellect) and the heart (expression) can help form valuable life skills: confidence, curiosity, discipline, self-esteem, sensitivity to nuance, […]

EBook-Feature-Image

Adult Piano Adventures® Now in E‑Book Format

Now available! The Adult Piano Adventures Book 1 by Nancy and Randall Faber is in a NEW user-friendly e‑book on iBooks, Kindle, and Google Play. This adaptation offers a welcome format for teachers and adult students to explore digital learning, or for screen sharing during classroom instruction. Though digital textbooks have evolved, music e‑books present unique challenges with […]

article-MFPA-Friends

The Young Beginner: Keys for Connecting — My First Piano Adventure

What is this world of the young beginner? It is fun, fantasy and exploration. Seriousness? Teacher-driven rules? Tight control? These close down a young learner’s intrinsic interest. Not only is this young beginner’s world substantially different than the adult world and qualitatively different than ages 7–8, the young beginner does not “meet us halfway.” 4–5 year […]