Michele Schottenbauer Postmodern Composer and Music Educator

M. Schottenbauer Publishing

16.06.2013 Article

M. Schottenbauer Publishing provides unique educational materials at a reasonable price.

An award-winning musician and science student as a youth and young adult, M. Schottenbauer, Ph.D. studied music, physics, mathematics, and liberal arts at the university before earning a doctorate in psychology. Dr. Schottenbauer held a position as a Research Assistant Professor, and currently works full-time as an independent researcher, author, composer, educational software developer, and publisher.

The Big Print Music Method

New Method Series Provides Ease of Learning Fingerings, Keyboard, Notation, and Essential Theory!

Beginning March 2013, The Big Print Method is being published at MusicaNeo. An extensive collection of learning materials for students of all ages, The Big Print Method includes every major western instrument in band and symphony, plus piano, organ, guitar, recorder, theory, and conducting.  The fundamental approach to The Big Print Method promotes ease of learning.  Students are first introduced to the instrument through pictorial instruction, and then gradually introduced to music notation and formal theory.  Big print fingering charts and large color-coded keyboards accompany introductory exercises, providing optimal visual-spatial facilitation to support learning musical notation.  Low prices support the rapid advancement of budget-minded students through these elementary materials, which prepare them quickly for the intermediate repertoire.

As of June 2013, offerings available from the MusicaNeo platform include:

1. Method Boosters

2. 3-Note Exercises

3. Interval Exercises

4. Learning Alternate Fingerings

5. Interval Exercises with Alternate Fingerings

6. Learning String Crossing and Double Stops

7. Elementary Exercises

8. Theory: Scales, Chords, & Arpeggios

9. Conducting Method

Complete publication of the Big Print Music Method series is expected within the next two years.


Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass

Flute & Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon

Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Percussion, Mallets, Timpani/Tympani, Drumset

Guitar, Bass (Electric Bass)

Recorder (Garklein, Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Piano, Organ


Theory, Ear Training

Method Boosters

Improve basic skills with large-print fingering charts, note names, and keyboards, with 1-note and 2-note exercises.  Transposition charts are included for relevant instruments.

3-Note Exercises

With these large-print exercises, students systematically hone fingering skills throughout the entire range.

Interval Exercises

Learning interval fingering combinations and names has never been easier!  Large-print exercises systematically teach all interval combinations, up to one octave.

Learning Alternate Fingerings

Woodwind players learn alternate fingerings with this exercise book set.

Interval Exercises with Alternate Fingerings

With this exercise book set, woodwind players receive extra support for learning alternate fingerings while playing intervals.


Learning String Crossing and Double Stops

These pictorial fingering charts enable string students to visualize and learn all combinations of notes up to one octave.

Elementary Exercises

Large-print, systematic exercises provide support for practicing basic techniques.  Lengthy introductory texts for recorders, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings provide tips for technique and practice.

Theory: Scales, Chords, & Arpeggios

Practice theory skills pictorially, with large-print keyboards and arrows.

Conducting Method

Learn basic conducting skills through large-print exercises and a follow-along video.

Pedagogical Music

Current intermediate and advanced pedagogical offerings include pieces for piano and violin, with additional selections upcoming.

Preparation to Learning “The Brighter Exercises”

These exercises consist of excerpted technical components required for Heller’s Opus 47 for Intermediate Piano.  Technical components are presented in simplified form, so that students may strengthen their skills and learn these lovely pieces at a faster rate.

Etude for Violin

This challenging etude was excerpted from Songs (1995-1996) for string trio and voice, also by M. Schottenbauer, at the request of violin virtuoso and pedagogue Robert Gerle.  This piece requires intense work on 7ths, strengthening technical skills to an advanced degree.

Original Music

Award-Winning Scores Written by Composer Decades Ago Make Their Way to Internet Self-Publishing!

After years of sitting on a shelf, composer M. Schottenbauer’s music is finally finding its way to internet self-publishing.  The following contemporary music selections have been published at MusicaNeo:


Etude for Violin (Solo excerpted from Songs; 1996-1997)

Songs (Soprano, Violin, Viola, & Cello; 1996-1997) [New Title]

String Quartet No. 1 (1995)



Spelunkers (Piano; 1995)

Fantasy for Solo Piano (1995)

contendimus duo (2 Pianos, 1990)*


Winds & Brass

Triumph (Symphonic Wind Ensemble; 1995) [New Title]

Fanfare & Exposition (Trombone Octet; 1991) [New Title]

Sprillitizima (Oboe & 2 Bassoons, 1991)**



Symphony No. 1 (1997)

Variations for Orchestra (1995)

*Third Place National, 1991 Young Composers Awards, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts

**Second Place National, 1992 Creative America Contest, Classical Composition Category, Sponsored in Part by the U.S. National Copyright and Patent Office

These compositions were originally registered with the performing rights organization BMI around the time they were written.  Performance licenses are not currently available through MusicaNeo.

Plans are underway for adding additional compositions from the 1980's and 1990's.



Novels, Poems, Puzzles, Art, Science, & More! 

In March 2013, M. Schottenbauer, Ph.D., published a novel, The Legend of Peter Borka, on the Independent Publishing Platform CreateSpace. The author wrote the novel as a child, in response to parents’ questions regarding an unusual mistranslation of their family name. The novel features an introduction which tells the true history of the Schottenbauer family name, a story which began in Russia in the 1500’s and wound around Bavaria and Prussia before ending up in the Midwestern United States by the late 1800’s, where the Schottenbauers mixed with an ethnically diverse mix of individuals from Jewish/Hebrew, French, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestry.

The Legend of Peter Borka is a fictional novel which provides both literary entertainment and intellectual satire.  Themes include the origins (ontology) of religion and myth, the nature of logic and reason, and the difference between reality and fantasy.  At the core is a fundamental question:  How is information obtained?  What is truly real?  What really matters?  The Legend of Peter Borka challenges the reader to think with new depth and breadth about the world and the humans who live in it.

Several editions are available from and, including English, German, and Bilingual Paperback Editions.  English and German Kindle Editions are also available from,,,,,,,,, and

Current and upcoming publications from CreateSpace, Amazon, and Zazzle, also include the following:


What’s Missing?:  Educational Tests Translated to 66 Languages


Where Does Sound Come From?  Data and Graphs for Science Lab, Volumes 1 to 4 (Deutsch: Woher Kommt Ton an?)

How Do You Play That Thingamabob?  The Science of Music Performance (Deutsch: Wie Spielt Man Dieses Gerät? Die Wissenschaft der Musikalische Darbietung)


Bow Technique: Science and Exercises

Teach Yourself and Learn!  Guides to Instrumental Education


Knowledge Awareness Tests for Employers and Employees:  Human Rights Treaties

Critial Thinking Tests: Human Rights (Volumes 1 to 3)

Do-It-Yourself Healthcare Resource Book

Intelligence: Making Sense of Contemporary Theory

Literature & Language

What’s Missing?: Multi-Lingual Poster and Puzzle Book Series in Over 60 Languages

A Collection:  Short Stories, Poems, & Art

The Land of Ok:  A 7-Volume Fictional Book Series about Preventing Nuclear War in the 1980's

A direct link to the full catalog and purchase information is:

Free Videos from Vimeo

Selections from Piano Recitals from 1996 and 1997

Selections from M. Schottenbauer’s piano recitals from Washington D.C. in 1996 and 1997 are now available free on Vimeo.  Selections include:

1997 Recital

Sonata in b minor by Franz Liszt

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28, by Sergei Prokofiev

1996 Recital

Selections from 24 Preludes, Op 11 and 12 Etudes, Op. 8, including the “Revolutionary Etude” by Alexander Scriabin

Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11, by Arnold Schoenberg

Grandes Etudes de Paganini No. 6 by Franz Liszt

The videos can be viewed at:


Trailer Videos for Music, Books, & More! 

Visit M. Schottenbauer's YouTube channel for fun, exciting, and entertaining previews of products.


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