New Arrangements of Selected Taiwanese Popular Songs for the Early-Elementary Piano Student

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This project documents the creation of new arrangements of existing music, intended to supplement existing piano methods for early elementary piano students. It presents ten personal arrangements of Taiwanese popular song melodies for solo piano with teacher accompaniment parts. Should teachers wish to create music they believe their own students would enjoy, this project can also be used as a guide to the compositional process. This collection of pieces was not arranged to be a method book, but instead to provide a fun and educational way of inserting Taiwanese music and culture into the pedagogical repertoire. Chapter 1 is an introduction that provides a brief history of Taiwan, an overview of the project, and a review of related literature and other arrangements of popular music. Chapter 2 includes the methodology and an outline of the organization of the project. It discusses popular sequencing concepts in early-level piano method books and teacher accompaniments in early-level books and includes some ideas for how these new arrangements can supplement existing piano method books. Chapter 3 contains the new arrangements and a discussion of pedagogical concepts presented in each of the ten arrangements. Scores for each solo arrangement and teacher accompaniment are included in this chapter. Chapter 4 offers a summary of the project and lists implications for future research.

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Piano, Piano pedagogy, Taiwan, Popular song

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