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New Creative Composition Toolbox Series for Elementary Piano Students Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Monday, August 01, 2011
Alfred Music Publishing, world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, releases Creative Composition Toolbox, Books 1-3, a step-by-step guide introducing elementary students to the art of original composition, by Wynn-Anne Rossi.

The Creative Composition Toolbox, Books 1-3 is a series designed to open the world of music to piano students. The books are compatible with any piano method and reinforce essential theory skills throughout. Materials can be taught in private and group lessons, and is perfect for piano camps. Each book in the series features 10 composition tools in a two-page format: On the first page, a composition tool is introduced with a performance piece that utilizes the tool; on the second page, an original composition is assigned based on the composition tool.

Book 1, early-elementary level, features the following composition tools: range, damper pedal, dynamics, tempo, melody, harmony, repeated patterns, conversations, meter, and grand staff.

Book 2, elementary-level, features the following composition tools: intervals; questions and answers; 8va and 15ma; flats, sharps, and naturals; major and minor pentatonic scales; major and minor harmonic scales; accents and staccato; ritardando and a tempo; motif; binary, ternary, and rondo forms.

Book 3, late-elementary level, features the following composition tools: eighth notes, syncopation, sequences, phrasing, crescendo and diminuendo, musical high point, primary chords, pandiatonicism, upbeats and downbeats, and song lyrics.

Creative Composition Toolbox, Books 1-3 are now available in an economical value pack for $15.00, or for $6.99 each, and can be found at music retail stores or at alfred.com/piano.