Carol Barratt is one of the biggest names in piano pedagogy in her home country of Britain. Her piano arrangements, especially for easy piano, have been compiled into some of America's most popular collections - the 'Tunes You've Always Wanted to Play' series and the 'Library of Easy Piano Classics, ' just to name two. Here is her first method for adult beginners - The Classic Piano Course. This course is based on familiar favorites from the classic repertoire, themes from opera, ballet, folksongs, blues and other sources, including copyright material from the Chester catalog (Stravinsky's 'The Five Fingers, ' for example.) The Omnibus Edition contains all three books. Book 1: Starting to Play - Includes pull-out keyboard chart - Covers note reading (begins immediately with reading notes on the staff, ) dynamics, rests, tied notes, eighth notes, phrase marks, dotted quarter notes, flats, sharps, chords, key signatures, leger lines, slurs, staccato, the sustain pedal, and much more. Also includes a dictionary of terms. - Includes these pieces and others as exercises: "Surprise Symphony, " "Ode to Joy, " "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, " "Scarborough Fair, " "La Traviata, " "Blue Danube, " "Auld Lang Syne, " "Fur Elise, " "Swan Lake" and others. Book 2: Building Your Skills - Covers scales, metronome and expression marks, sixteenth notes, dotted eighth notes, triplets and more. Also includes a dictionary of terms. - Includes these pieces and others as exercises: "Marriage of Figaro, " "The Entertainer, " "Can-Can, " "Blue Danube, " "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, " and others. Book 3: Making Music - Covers minor scales, arpeggios, 6/8 time signatures, intervals and triads, chord symbols, the blues, and other compound time signatures. - Includes these pieces and others as exercises: "Greensleeves, " "Unfinished Symphony, " "Funeral March of a Marionette, " pieces by Chopin, Schumann, Haydn, Brahms, Handel, Tchaikovsky and others. ©2004, 128 pages, with pull-out keyboard chart.