Christopher Norton Connections Preparatory contains 28 newly composed elementary pieces for young students. The pieces in Connections for Piano Preparatory cover a wide range of styles – from swing to rock and from folk to pop ballad. These pieces present many of the same challenges found in more traditional repertoire. Lyrical pieces demand tonal beauty, excellent balance between melody and accompaniment, natural breathing and phrasing. More rhythmically oriented pieces require coordination, a deep-seated sense of pulse, and awareness of stylistic touches and accentuations.
The notation in Connections is clear – easily understood by teachers and students accustomed to traditional piano scores.
As fun and entertaining additions to the performance repertoire of young players, these pieces will prove to be popular selections for recitals, festivals, informal performances, and even examinations. Parents and friends will enjoy them, too, resulting in a positive experience for the performer.