An ebook for anyone with little to no experience with keyboard music and its history in classical music.

Inside you'll find an easy-to-read summary of keyboard instruments and genres extracted from the complete book The Concert Hall: A Listener’s Guide to Appreciating Music by James Syler.

This chapter introduces the most common types of keyboard instruments and music typically found in classical music. It also introduces a critical thinking approach to listening to deepen your listening skills and understanding.

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AUDIENCE: Anyone wishing to become more familiar with the history of keyboard music in a clear summarized approach.
CONTENT: 17-page ebook with links to listening samples. Available in read-only mode and also as a download.
6 Easy-to-Read Sections
 I. Introduction
 II. Stringed Keyboards
 III. Pianos
 IV. Organs
 V. Keyboard Forms
 VI. Conclusion
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COST: $19
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The Author

JAMES SYLER is a composer, teacher, and writer born in Hyde Park, NY. He attended Northern Illinois University, the University of Miami, and the University of Texas at Austin.
He has studied composition privately with composers Alfred Reed and Michael Colgrass. Since 2001, Mr. Syler has been a lecturer at The University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches composition, orchestration, and music appreciation courses. He is married to pianist Elizabeth Gutierrez and resides in San Antonio, Texas. For more information visit

~ James Syler

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  The Concert Hall: Keyboard Music Chapter 5
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“This ebook organization around genres focuses on musical content, the natural and familiar way to introduce listeners to new music. The material on historical context is brief and informative; musical examples are plentiful; presentation is non-technical, appropriate for students with no formal musical background. This is a thoughtfully prepared introduction to classical music for anyone interested in the musical arts.”

 — Dr. William Sherrill, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio

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