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The Clowns Tumble By with duplet eighth-notes in 2-quarter time. Clowns are great entertainers and so is this bright, playful piece. A one-page Study Guide assures success.

An Important Errand spins by with no subdivided pulse. The circular melodic figures in the melody remind us of a young lad vigorously pedalling his bicycle to complete his important errand. The confidence and high spirits of the piece are coached and captured in the page-long study guide.

Prelude, by Jon George, with its flowing broken chords and climbing scales in 2-quarter time, displays an authentic texture and character. The buds on the cover help students understand that a prelude is something that precedes another event, just as their study of scales and chords make this exciting piece quick to learn. Easily memorized, it resides in a student’s repertoire for special musical events.

Reflets dans l’eau (French for “Reflections in the Water”) provides early intermediate preparation for Debussy’s music. It requires discreet uses of the damper pedal and a gentle performance shaped by rubato and refined balance between melody and accompaniment. Enchantingly beautiful, it is a treasured recital piece, composed by Jon George.

Macedonian Mountain Dance, by Jon George, gains color in the Mixolydian mode. Its melody is composed in ways that suggests the improvisations of mid-European folk musicians. Students may want to extend the piece by continuing the basso ostinato accompaniment and devising their own melodic variations and ornaments in performance. Thus the piece invites a tour de force of imagination in this vigorous dance that is a delight to perform and to hear!

Toccatina is a highly patterned piece, by Jon George, that includes “mirror writing” between the hands, the accumulation of energy by consecutive and patterned abbreviations, and the patterned uses of chords in 4ths that create a remarkably brilliant and exciting performance that is easy to learn and not to be missed!

Sixteen elementary piano solos with optional, easy duets at Level 1. Composed by Jon George, these supplementary pieces provide full musical experiences within the reading, technical, and interpretive capacity of elementary students of all ages.
Pattern recognition is an essential function of the human mind. Jon George was fascinated with pattern principles, which gave birth to this valuable text on the role of patterns in the musical language.

These six original Sonatinas include six different kinds of analysis to guide students in interpreting music in collective forms. The music is delightful and the analysis provides the student with ways to interpret all music.