Recent musicological research sheds a new light on the way musicians from the baroque era till the nineteenth century acquired their skills. Fascinating agreements between baroque partimento practice and lead sheet approach in jazz and pop music emerge.
Tonal Tools is an inspiration book and app that blends old and current approaches. Nine ‘components’ serve as keys for a more aural, creative and tangible approach to tonal music from the very start.
Tonal Tools is applicable to any tonal idiom and spans the baroque, classical, romantic, jazz and pop repertoire by means of common improvisational and compositional principles. Don’t expect a straightforward method: interweave Tonal Tools with usual didactics according to your own tempo and needs. With your pupils, expect a better integration of musical understanding and skill, a more reliable memory and better sight-reading ability, not to mention a broadened musical imagination, expressiveness and joy for playing tonal music.
As a valuable extension to keyboard teachers’ existing professional expertise, Tonal Tools opens new artistic and (auto)didactic perspectives.