Piano Press owner, Elizabeth C. Axford, M.A. has been contracted by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers as an author of music references books since 1996. She has written five critically acclaimed music reference books found in libraries worldwide, including the following:
In today’s digital age, learning and creating music has never been so easy and affordable. Anyone can enhance their musical knowledge, skills, and creativity with the multitude of music apps available. However, sifting through thousands of music apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play can be a daunting task for any musician or music instructor. But not anymore! Having spent countless hours researching the most interesting useful, educational, fun, and easy-to-use music apps, Elizabeth C. Axford in Music Apps for Musicians and Music Teachers surveys the landscape of music-related apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.
Music Apps for Musicians and Music Teachers lists hundreds of music-related apps organized by category, including singing, musical instruments, music theory and composition, songwriting, improvisation, recording, evaluating music performances, listening to music, music history and literature, music appreciation, and more. App developers are listed with each app, including links to their websites for updates and support. The book sections and chapters align with the newly revised National Standards for Music Education released in 2014 by the National Association for Music Education. Suggested activities for educators are provided, as well as key terms and a bibliography. Music Apps for Musicians and Music Teachers is for anyone interested in music, whether hobbyist or professional. It enhances the ability to learn on the go by offering musicians, music students, and music instructors a list of the most useful music apps available.
The third edition of Song Sheets to Software: A Guide to Print Music, Software, Instructional Media, and Web Sites for Musicians includes information on the history of printed music and publishing and copyright laws, as well as completely revised and updated listings of music software and other instructional media, web sites for musicians, and technical terms. In addition, Elizabeth C. Axford provides new information on instructional DVDs, book and audio CD sets, and music software programs for teaching everything from children's music to high-end professional recording.
The book is divided into 16 chapters by subject matter, such as Music Appreciation; Guitar and Bass; Country, Folk, and Traditional; and Vocal, Choral, Opera, and Musical Theater, offering both related software titles and web sites for each topic. New to the third edition is a CD-ROM supplying Live Links to the sites discussed, as well as an expanded and easily searchable Tech Talk and sample print music scores. The third edition also includes sections on digital sheet music, digital online collections of historical sheet music, video game music, and an updated bibliography. These updates and revisions make this the most complete resource of its kind available.
"Everything But Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms" comprises Traditional World Music Influences in Contemporary Solo Piano Literature, the multicultural repertoire guide for pianists, composers, music teachers and students, world music enthusiasts, and scholars. It identifies pieces in the contemporary solo piano literature which show world music influences not traditionally associated with the standard repertoire of Western European art music. The resulting annotated bibliography therefore includes pieces which use or attempt to emulate non-Western scales, modes, folk tunes, rhythmic, percussive or harmonic devices, and timbres.
Axford highlights the music cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, the Far East, Indonesia, Oceania, ethnic North America, Latin America and Spain, and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia. Separate bibliographies for each world music region show examples of contemporary solo piano pieces that demonstrate some of the traditional musical influences associated with the region.