Let’s say you want a new piano book for your intermediate/late intermediate student. But not just any book. You want one that’s going to get them pumped, kindles an interest in classical music, and integrates movie-like themes, yet is challenging all at the same time. If that’s what you want, then Madge’s Notebook: A Piano Tribute to the Hunger Games is the way to go!
I have only seen The Hunger Games movies, but from what I gather, Miss Maxner seems to be quite versed in The Hunger Games series. She has used that knowledge to put together a very creative and unique music book containing songs that capture the series’ setting and story really well, while tastefully interweaving snippets of famous pieces (“Ave Maria”, “Imagine”, etc). At the back of the book you can find what themes she incorporated into her songs.
When I was younger (and even now) I loved playing chilling soundtrack songs! I got goose bumps everywhere when I could finally play Pirates of the Carribean, but you know what was so great? I loved the feeling of playing something that sounded grand and elaborate, something that you could listen to on a CD. I believe some students will feel similar about Madge’s Notebook. Even though Madge’s Notebook isn’t a motion picture score, it’s well done “inspired by” music; and a motivated and hard working student will grow a lot from learning these songs. More than that, they’ll be one step closer to being able to play the original versions of historical pieces and pop songs they love!
Just as a side note, there are some pretty tricky rhythms and notations, and I found hearing some of the songs played on Rebekah Maxner’s YouTube channel quite helpful.
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