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The music of past centuries can provide a window into the thoughts, feelings and experiences of peoples of varied times and places. And in general, repertoire that has withstood the test of time has a natural appeal to students of all ages. From the very first lessons, students learn repertoire of the highest quality that is firmly grounded in history. Below is a grid of music of the various musical traditions of the Western World, from the volumes that I often use, and with video examples from my students. As you scroll down, the music progresses through the various levels of difficulty from beginning to advanced. (To view videos of beginning pieces played by my students, click here.)

Baroque (1600-1750)

J.S. Bach: Minuet-Short Prelude-Invention-Suite

Classical (1750-1830)

Clementi Op. 36 no. 1-5

Haydn Sonatas

Mozart Sonatas

Romantic (1830-1920)

Schumann Op. 68

Schumann Op. 15

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Most of the styles of music that have come about in America (thanks mainly to the influence of African musics) over the last century are traditionally learned by ear, or 'aurally'. Jazz, pop, gospel, blues, and funk are all styles of music that have been passed down in this way. Students that I am training in an aural tradition learn to use their ears to assist them in learning musical selections of their choice. Keyboard theory, particularly chords, key signatures, and orchestration, are emphasized over grand staff note reading. Below are a few examples of student projects.