7 Winning Features of the Emonts Method:
1 Songs from many European countries
2 Pupils begin to play without music notation
3 Improvisation and playing on the black keys
4 Development of listening skills and aural awareness
5 Simple and logical learning structure
6 Lots of duets
7 Attractive full-colour illustrations
While the first volume of "The European Piano Method" introduces the basic principles of playing the piano, Volume 2 is concerned with extending technical and musical training. The course begins with the theme of 'Phrasing and Articulation'. This is followed by a series of pieces arranged systematically to give practice of playing in different keys (3 sharps to 3 flats) and so to improve reading skills and increase familiarity with the keyboard. Together with major and minor scales, the corresponding cadences are introduced which can be varied in many different playing styles. Parallel to this there is granded practice material for playing scales and to develop 'Velocity and Even Playing'. In this way students gradually reach a technical standart that allows 'artistic' work on expression and musical interpretation to begin. This development of musicianship starts with the use of pedal and an introduction to cantabile, which will be taken further in Volume 3.
Again, playing by ear, inventing accompaniements, experimenting with timbres and chords, and composing little pieces should constantly supplement lessons. In the appendix of Volume 2, the author offers some idea, though he has consciously left much to the individual approach of the teacher.
Phrasing and Articulation
The Major Scale
the Minor Scale
Travelling through Various Keys (3#-3b)
Velocity and Even Playing I
Velocity and Even Playing II
Accompanying Songs and Dances
5 Dances with Drone Accompaniment
Song Accompaniment with 2 Chords
Song Accompaniment with 3 Chords
Dances with Cadential Harmony
European Piano Method
The 'evergreen' among the piano methods for more than 20 years – still well-liked and frequently used in beginner's lessons today. Due to the selection of international pieces as well as the multiple languages the 'European Piano Method' lives up to its name: Originally published in the languages German, English and French, it is now also available in the language combination Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
For piano beginners from the age of 4 – but also for young and adult beginners without previous knowledge
- Beginning with improvisation, playing by ear – at first without notes:
to activate the sense of hearing and train the auditory memory
- Playful first steps through the black keys, with the pentatonic scale as basis for first improvisations
- Special yellow 'teacher's pages' contain suggestions and tips, providing even more flexibility in the individual work with the pupils.
In 1993, an interview between Fritz Emonts and former editor-in-chief of Schott Music, Dr. Rainer Mohrs, was published in the specialist journal üben & musizieren.