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Tales of a Musical Journey Christmas Collection by Adrienne Fero McKinney

Tales of a Musical Journey Christmas Collection by Adrienne Fero McKinney

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The Tales of a Musical Journey Christmas Collection was written by Adrienne Fero McKinney to correlate with the original piano method books by Irina Gorin. These ten short pieces are graded from the easiest to most difficult. Each piece is printed on a large staff for ease of reading by the youngest piano students. The printed notes vary from five (bass G, A, & B and treble C & D) in the first piece, to nine (bass G through treble A) in the last piece. Use of fingers 1 and 5 is avoided as much as possible, and the first three pieces use fingers 2, 3 and 4 only. The next two pieces add finger 1, but only in one hand. In order to allow for melodies with a wider note range, several pieces have very small hand shifts indicated.  Eighth notes are introduced in the 8th and 9th pieces and maybe taught by rote to students who haven't yet progressed to the middle of Book 2 of Tales of a Musical Journey. Each piece also features a teacher accompaniment directly beneath the student solo, including a two-bar introduction. In most pieces, the student will play one or two octaves higher than written.
Jingle Bells
We Three Kings
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Deck the Halls
Away in a Manger
Good King Wenceslas
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella!
Oh Christmas Tree
Up On the Housetop
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Carol of the Bells
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Tales of a Musical Journey

Tales of a Musical Journey is a piano method for beginner students. The series primarily targets ages 4-7; however, older piano students will benefit from it, too!

Books 1A, 1B, and 2 of Tales of a Musical Journey cover the span of the first year of piano lessons. Studying with this piano method will sufficiently prepare all for playing classical repertoire.

Musical Journey Series

Upon completion of Tales of a Musical Journey or other beginner piano method books, students may begin the Musical Journey Series.

Pieces in this collection serve as transitional repertoire
toward more advanced music works as well as effective, technical, or sight-reading material.

Supplemental Sheet Music