2007
Improvisation on
Christian Music by
Fran Toney Young

What People Are Saying About the Book

Since this is the first edition of Improvisation on Christian Music, those who proofed were asked to share their thoughts with you, as well as several current and former students and parents. I am grateful to all who contributed, and hope that you can get a feel for what the book is all about from their comments.
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“What a great chance to get inside a music arranger’s mind! Teacher and performer Fran Young explains harmonization and accompaniment styles both from a music reader’s perspective andfrom the aural perspective. Her patterns for accompaniments are described and explainedremarkably well, then applied immediately to a great selection of today’s hymn and praise melodies. This collection of accessible arrangements for church musicians is valuable in itself, but the pedagogy for the various styles makes it such a great source for all music teachers and musicians wanting to learn how to improvise or improve their accompanying skills.”

Dr. Kathy Thompson
Associate Professor of Music
Oklahoma Christian University

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"Teacher and improviser Fran Young has put into book form her well-tried and systematic approach for developing technical skill and musical imagination in improvising on songs for praise and worship. Designed to help players of any age, from early to advanced stages of musical development, this clearly written book contains step-by-step, yet concise instructions, so that even a teacher like me, with little or no personal experience at improvising, could use it to help students who want to develop this skill. From the private studio to university keyboard class, teachers are welcoming Improvisation on Christian Music as a much-needed resource that fills a gap in the pedagogical library. With its numerous musical examples and arrangements, this book seems certain to become indispensable for teachers and church musicians alike.”

Dr. Linda Owen
The University of Central Oklahoma

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“The author’s extensive research into the study of chords and the many years of teaching experience that are incorporated into Improvisation on Christian Music will benefit many of the students I teach:


Jacquie Karash, NCTM
Adjunct Professor of Piano
Oklahoma City Community College

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“As a former student of Fran Young’s, I eagerly await the publication of her new book. Fran has a great methodology for teaching improvisation and her extensive experience serves her students well. Fran’s arrangements are fun to play and are good tools to learn increasing skill levels of improvisation. With practical guidance, she teaches students to move into their own style with techniques that are easily transferred to other music. Improvisation on Christian Music will be a wonderful addition to any student’s music library and an excellent resource for teachers.”

Jamie Crooch, former adult student

 

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