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PIANOff ORTE A Faber Mus ic ma ga zine for p i an o te ac h e r s

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PLUS Jazzin’ About the Years PAGE 10 The Faber Music Piano Anthology PAGE 14 Ideas for having fun with practice! PAGE 16

THE LANG LANG PIANO METHOD A brand new adventure for beginner pianists

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Mindfulness A mindful approach to playing the piano

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2016

has been an incredibly exciting year for Faber Music’s piano publications, with the release of The Lang Lang Piano Method – a fantastic new series for beginners from the superstar pianist and the second series in the Lang Lang Piano Academy. There was a lot of excitement surrounding its release, which you can read about on page 4. We’re very proud of our rich catalogue of piano music and are constantly adding new and exciting publications to it. This year, we’ve been delighted to bring you The Graded Piano Player series (page 12) which provides students with the tunes they know and love, plus a musical journey through the seasons with Pam Wedgwood’s Easy Jazzin’ About the Year, and the stunning new Faber Music Piano Anthology (page 14) to name but a few. Mindfulness has become a recent trend and our guest writer Andrew Eales explores its connection to piano playing on page 8. We hope you enjoy reading this issue of Pianofforte, and don’t forget you can visit www.fabermusicstore.com to find out more about our latest piano publications, listen to audio tracks and view sample pages.

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Success at Music Teacher Awards and Nils Frahm’s Sheets

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The Graded Piano Player

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T H E FA B E R M U S I C PIANO ANTHOLOGY

Thoughts from Pianofforte editor Rachel Topham

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PRACTICE!

A bit of fun goes a long way…

From guest writer Andrew Eales

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A preview of our upcoming piano titles

JAZZIN’ ABOUT THE YEARS

A brand new Jazzin’ About publication and interview with Pam Wedgwood

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News Success at Music Teacher Awards The 2016 Music Teacher Awards honoured Dame Fanny Waterman with their Lifetime Achievement Award. At the same event, Faber Music author Paul Harris received the Best Print Resource Award for his series of educational music theory books, Improve your theory! The evening, which celebrated excellence in music and performing arts education, was held in London, and was attended by industry guests including teachers, hub leaders, musicians and VIPs – representing the best and brightest in performing arts education.

Dame Fanny & Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor

Nils Frahm In June 2016, Sheets Zwei was published by Manners McDade. Distributed by Faber Music, this deluxe publication is the second book in the SHEETS series featuring the German composer Nils Frahm’s piano works. It presents Frahm’s pieces in a beautiful linen hardback book alongside a selection of art and photographs by Nils’ father, Klaus Frahm, and illustrated instructions on how to prepare your piano.

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THE LANG LANG PIANO METHOD

Features

A brand new piano adventure for beginners

“I have loved making my new series for complete beginners and presenting a way of learning the piano that 21st century children can relate to. I hope including the cartoon character helps kids to have fun and engage with the lessons.” Lang Lang

The 8th March 2016 was an exciting day for Faber Music, with the launch of Lang Lang’s brand new piano series for beginners – The Lang Lang Piano Method. Aimed at children aged five to ten, this series of five books progressing from complete beginner to around Grade 1 level and is designed to inspire the next generation of pianists with Lang Lang’s passion and enthusiasm for the piano. Lang Lang was joined by four school children, Poppy, Anna, Lara and Max, for the launch, at which press were invited to a photo call at Steinway Hall in London. Lang Lang also visited Classic FM’s studio where he met with charity auction winner Grace Reid and took a tour of the BBC studios, talking on Radio 3, Radio 4, with Cerys Mathews on Radio 6’s World Service and on BBC World TV.

Lang Lang talks to Classic FM’s Charlotte Green


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L-R: Anna, Lara, Lang Lang, Poppy & Max

The Method is the next step in the Lang Lang Piano Academy, bringing an imaginative and contemporary approach to learning the piano. Lang Lang’s experience and expertise are distilled throughout the books, encouraging performance skills and selfexpression right from the start. Fiona Lau reviewed the first three levels for Music Teacher Magazine and said, “As I played through these books with my pupils I was pleasantly surprised and eventually

delighted. They represent a credible and imaginative approach to learning the piano. [The Lang Lang Piano Method] is pedagogically and technically very sound; clearly presented; and works quickly, thoroughly and (most importantly) enjoyably from beginner to beyond Grade 1 level – I would use it myself.” Turn to pages 6 to 7 to find out about each level in more depth.

Learning an instrument can be a really important part of a child’s

development and a great way to improve many things like concentration and focus. Learning needs to be enjoyable as well – I’m sure kids will make good progress and be inspired to keep going with this series. Lang Lang

Free teachers’ packs!

Are you in need of some exciting extras to kick off the new term? We’ve got some fun Lang Lang Piano Method Teachers’ Packs to give away, with stickers, pencils, bookmarks and sticky notes for you to use in lessons or just for fun. To request your free pack, simply email us at marketing@fabermusic.com with your name and address. Happy teaching!

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Sample Pages

Level 1 introduces complete beginners to: • • • •

Different five finger positions Note reading Moving around the keyboard Developing both hands equally right from the start

Hi, I’m Lang Lang! Welcome to the wonderful world of the piano. Learn to be a superhero pianist like me!

You can hear all the pieces on the online

illustration to sit on dot background audio* and you can hear me play the concert

piece in each section. The audio gives two bars of count-in clicks for each piece. means there is a teacher’s accompaniment available to download*.

Try to play the piano every day and always perform as beautifully as you can.

* Scan the QR code or go to: www.fabermusic.com/LangLangPianoMethodDownloads

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Level 3 continues the progression by:

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A MINDFUL APPROACH TO PIANO PLAYING

‘Mindfulness’ has become one of the buzzwords of the decade. We’ve no doubt all seen the regular articles about it in the popular press, exploring the possible benefits of mindfulness practice for our physical and mental health, productivity, learning, and general happiness. But what of piano players – can we benefit from joining the craze for mindfulness practice? Doug Hanvey is a Mindfulness Teacher and Pianist from Oregon. He explains that the benefits for pianists are many-fold, suggesting that we can apply mindfulness: • to reduce stress • to increase concentration

• to improve technique • to better convey the emotional content of music • to reduce the impact of negative thoughts on practicing • to reduce performance anxiety • as a teaching strategy. In his article “Is Mindfulness Relevant to Piano Playing?”[1] Hanvey explains each of these benefits in detail, backing up his claims with research, personal experience and practical advice. Pianists often live very busy, stressful lives. We try to fit in as many hours of practice as possible alongside professional and family responsibilities, and our daily living.

But setting aside just a few minutes each day for mindfulness practice can offer potentially huge benefits, also enabling the rest of our time to be spent more productively. Mindfulness practice costs almost nothing. There are many excellent introductory books available, and a proliferation of phone and tablet apps to lead us through simple mindfulness meditations. For those who want a guide to help them jump in whole-heartedly there are plenty of great courses, workshops and retreats to choose from.


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From Mindfulness to Qigong The mindfulness that Doug Hanvey and many other popular teachers promote is predominantly rooted in the practices of Zen Buddhism, emphasising a still mind, calm breathing and mental body scanning. However, the term mindfulness properly applies to a range of other practices, including Qigong (pronounced “chi gung”). Qigong incorporates moving as well as still meditative practices, and is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine and martial arts. Bodhidharma, the patriarch of Zen Meditation, was also the patriarch of Shaolin Qigong, which was a form of mindfulness practice that he taught at the Shaolin Temple. I have been practising Qigong for nearly a decade, and can testify that it has not only changed my life (including my physical and mental health) but also my piano playing. This has led me to develop my Piano Qigong resource, an ongoing series of stretches and breathing exercises specifically for piano players. As an adjunct to mindfulness, Piano Qigong offers two clear benefits in addition to those already identified: [1]

1. The mindful stretches involved in moving meditation enhance the mind-body connection, specifically addressing issues that pianists face. 2. The focus on coordinating breathing with movement helps pianists develop their awareness of breathing while playing. The importance of this second point is underlined in a great quote from concert pianist András Schiff, who made the following observation in a recent interview[2]: “For me, it is breathing that is vital. You must breathe naturally, like a singer. Pianists and string players often tend to forget the necessity of breathing and they can become very tense; then they get back pains and wrist pains and so on. Usually it can be sorted out through the breathing.”

There’s no doubt, then, that mindful breathing can help us directly as pianists, and Piano Qigong includes several exercises that will help

Doug Hanvey: Is Mindfulness Relevant to Piano Playing? pianodao.com

you to start directly coordinating breathing and playing. When I started practising Qigong a few years ago, I quickly realised that applying it to my piano playing reaped great benefits. It has since become an ongoing focus of my practice, as well as having an impact on my teaching. It is worth noting that many Qigong exercises actually focus on important issues for pianists, including: • developing good posture • maintaining balance • regulating weight distribution • smooth, flexible, controlled movement • release of tension • awareness of breathing • mind-body connection. It dawned on me that Qigong complements piano playing in ways unlike any other activity I had tried. Mindfulness practice in general, and Piano Qigong in particular, can in a short space of time help you to experience these benefits for yourself – so why not get started right away? Andrew Eales [2]

Pianist Magazine (No.76, Feb-March 2014)

Andrew Eales is a well-known writer and piano teacher based in Milton Keynes, UK, where he runs his busy private teaching practice Keyquest Music. He is the creator of Piano Qigong and owner of the popular Pianodao blog site, where you can find many free resources supporting this article. www.pianodao.com

Mindfulness: the piano collection ISBN: 0-571-53954-8 £9.99

The Mindful Pianist ISBN: 0-571-53963-7 Mark Tanner £9.99

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JAZZIN’ ABOUT THE YEARS It ’s n o w o ve r 25 ye ars s i nc e Pam Wedg wood came to the attention of music tea c h er s up a n d do wn the c o untry (and i nd eed around the wor ld) with what has beco m e o n e of t h e b e st - l ove d and s uc c e s s f ul educational ser ies, Jazzin’ About . These fu n b o o ks w e re de si g n ed to gi ve pupi l s a break from the classics, prov iding an introd u c ti o n t o a n u m b e r o f j az z y mus i c al s t y les whilst still suppor ting and maintainin g go o d t e c h n i q u e . We s po k e t o Pam abo ut the star t of the Jazzin’ About jour ney … The first ever Jazzin’ About book was for trumpet, published in 1989. Did the idea start out as just the one book, or did you have a series in mind from the very beginning? The first Jazzin’ About books came about in my quest to find something a little bit different from the normal run of classical/pop music on offer at the time. I was teaching as a peripatetic teacher at this point and had a lot of brass pupils to motivate. I found that this set of books really helped to get them to focus on their practice and gave them pieces that they actually wanted to play! During this period I was also teaching quite a lot of private piano pupils. There was a distinct lack of interesting books out at that time and I just happened to strike lucky with the first Jazzin’ About book for piano, aimed at about grade 3 onwards. I call this book my ‘adolescent book’ as it was written with teenagers in mind who were fed-up with exams and the normal repertoire on offer. As soon as I tried out the pieces on my pupils I knew I had a winner! They all started to practice regularly and even began to have fun! The rest is history, as I then subsequently began to write books for the lower grades too. What’s your favourite Jazzin’ About book or piece to date? My favourite Jazzin’ About book is the first Jazzin’ About for piano. My favourite piece in this book is “Pink Lady”.

The inspiration for the title came from an au-pair we had at the time. Every day she seemed to have a different hair colour, and on the day I penned the piece it was PINK! You travel a lot and we’ve seen that come through in some of your pieces. What is your favourite source of inspiration? I get my inspiration from many things. Maybe I am on holiday in a beautiful surrounding and I just have to write a piece to describe it, and sometimes certain situations inspire me, the people I meet, and the funny side of life. Animals also play a big part. I am just about to introduce another addition into my life, “Charley”. She’s a Double Doodle and so cute – there will be a piece written for her very soon! What does the future hold for the Jazzin’ About series? In the next book in the series I’m hoping to introduce young and old players to the beginnings of improvisation in Jazzin’ About Piano Sessions. Wherever I am in the world I always get asked the same question from teachers and pupils alike “How can I learn to improvise?” So very soon this book will be available to inspire you all into improvising action!


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spring interlude When is Spring? It is a time of year associated with rejuvenation: when new life appears following the harshness of winter. Spring in the northern hemisphere coincides with Autumn in the southern hemisphere. On the Spring equinox, the hours of daylight and night-time are equal.

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Take yourself on a musical journey through the seasons with Pam Wedgwood’s Easy Jazzin’ About the Year. The newest addition to the series, this book and CD offers a fabulous assortment of tunes linked with special days and times throughout the year. With original and favourite tunes on themes including Christmas, Halloween, Bonfire Night, seasons, festivals and holidays ranging from Grades 1-2, every piece exhibits the hallmarks of Pam’s fun, stylish and funky style.

ISBN: 0-571-53945-9 £9.99

EASY JAZZIN ’ ABOUT THE YEAR PA M WEDGWOOD

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THE GRADED PIANO PLAYER The best of both worlds? How many times do piano students ask to learn their favourite Disney, musical or pop songs or TV themes? And how many times do you struggle to find something that ticks all the boxes for arrangement, difficulty level and suitable technical challenge? It’s not easy to find pieces that students are enthusiastic about that double up as credible teaching material. The Graded Piano Player series addresses this head on, presenting classic tunes and songs from Disney, TV and film, jazz, pop and musical theatre that have been rigorously researched, edited and fingered by top pedagogues. The pieces have been meticulously arranged to progress in line with the ABRSM and Trinity graded piano examinations Grades 1-5, and can be used for leisure, for exams or as fun and technical repertoire between grades.

Hakuna Matata, Auld Lang Syne, Can you feel the love tonight, Close every door, Summertime, All I want, I wan’na be like you (The monkey song), Where is love?, Memory, Deep river, Sunny afternoon

The Lord is my shepherd, Fly me to the moon (In other words), I want, Streets of London, Wade in the water, Wouldn’t it be loverly?, Hushabye Mountain, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Loch Lomond, A whole new world, Hedwig’s Theme

Consider yourself, Feeling good, Shenandoah, If I ruled the world, Bonny at morn, Circle of life, Goldfinger, He’s a pirate, (They long to be) Close to you, If I were a rich man, Doctor Who, Let it go, Cry me a river, Pride and prejudice, Wayfaring stranger

The Graded Piano Player Grades 1-2 ISBN: 0-571-53940-8 £5.99

The Graded Piano Player Grades 2-3 ISBN: 0-571-53941-6 £6.99

The Graded Piano Player Grades 3-5 ISBN: 0-571-53942-4 £8.99


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Pianofforte editor and Faber Music Marketing Coordinator, Rachel Topham introduces Faber Music Piano Anthology and explores what draws pianists and musicians to printed music in the modern age.


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Stephen Lotinga, chief executive of The Publishers Association, said in May 2016: “Those who made predictions about the death of the book may have underestimated just how much people love paper.” This sentiment extends to musicians and our relationship with printed music books. Even in this digital age with the convenience of downloading and printing music at home, there’s nothing quite like the feel of getting your hands on a brand new piano book and deciding which piece will be the first to hit the keys. Everything from opening the book, running your fingers down the first crisp sheet, scanning the music for surprises, to placing the first pencil scribblings on the page – all turn the sometimes daunting task of learning a new piece into a joy. For me, an anthology is much more than just sitting at the piano with an exciting new collection. It’s a book to dip into when the mood takes you, to discover exciting new pieces, to be cherished for years, and to pass on to students or family. I love the idea of having something on my shelf that I can always trust to provide me with the piece of music I need in that moment. It could be a simple and familiar piece to warm up to, an old favourite for entertaining friends, a challenge that I’ve always fancied having a go at or a hidden gem that I’d never even thought to try.

I’m delighted that The Faber Music Piano Anthology contains many of my favourite piano pieces, such as Träumerei (Schumann), Une Larme (Mussorgsky), Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Gymnopédie No. 1 (Satie), alongside some that I have never played before. These new discoveries include works from lesser-known composers such as Charles-Valentin Alkan, Martin Peerson, Alexander Ilyinsky, Déodat de Séverac and Samuil Maykapar. Melanie Spanswick has done a stellar job in expertly selecting the pieces – 78 in total. I look forward to enjoying this anthology for many years to come. One thing is clear about The Faber Music Piano Anthology: it is a beautiful book. The way in which the sewn spine falls open on the page you need – and stays there! The high-quality premium paper, hardback cover and the pagefinder ribbon all add to the exclusive feel. I’m captivated by the 1935 linocut cover image of ‘The Concerto’ by Cyril Edward Power. This work of art, which was inspired by a Henry Wood concert in London, features a solo pianist surrounded by orchestra, all under the baton of an animated Sir Henry and serves as a stunning cover for this treasure trove of music.

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“I had a wonderful time selecting all the pieces for this beautifully presented volume from Faber Music’s extensive catalogue. My intention was to include a variety of well-known masterpieces peppered with a smattering of lesser known gems, introducing pianists to new repertoire alongside old favourites. From early Baroque through to the mid to late Twentieth century, there will hopefully be something for everyone to enjoy.” Melanie Spanswick

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The Faber Music Piano Anthology ISBN: 0-571- 53957-2

£22.00


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Paul Harris and Diane Widdison (MU) at the launch of the Practice Starter Cards

PR AC TI CE ! A BIT OF FUN G O E S A LON G WAY... Back in February 2016, Faber Music launched an exciting new product at the Music Education Expo in London. Paul Harris’s Simultaneous Learning Practice Starters were an immediate hit with music teachers and students alike, providing a truly unique and inventive way to kick-start music practice sessions and lessons. Teachers and pupils simply pull out a card from a pack of 52, follow the instructions and start making music!

“These are proving very popular with pupils...they even ask to use them!” “I will be encouraging all 60+ of my own students to go ahead and buy a pack straight away!”

Based on Paul Harris’s Simultaneous Learning approach, the aim of the pack is to connect and develop all areas of musical learning in a fun and imaginative way, by covering scales, aural, theory, listening, performing and much, much more. ISBN: 0-571-53943-2

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“These are fabulous!”

“Music lessons will never be the same again! Thanks Paul Harris”

“My Simultaneous Learning cards are proving to be very popular”

“I use these every day! Student picks one topic and I pick another, then we do “pick a card, any card”... Magic!”

Have you tried Paul’s Practice Starters yet? Why not tell us how you get on by sharing your pictures and stories on Twitter using #MyPracticeStarters


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COMING SOON... A FIRST LOOK AT SOME OF OUR UPCOMING TITLES THE PIANO TEACHER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE

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The Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide by Anthony Williams is a comprehensive and practical guide providing essential advice for all piano teachers. Aiming to improve and develop confidence in teaching skills and piano technique, the book focuses on the best ways to support pupils and develop their love of the piano. Featuring many case studies, musical examples and problem-solving clinics, this is a rich resource of basic principles, useful tools and thoughtprovoking ideas. by

Anthony Williams

IMPROVE YOUR SIGHT-READING! TEACHER’S BOOK PIANO GRADES 1-5 This new book from Paul Harris provides teachers with a range of meticulously graded, progressive sight-reading tests to use in lessons. Specifically written to work Improve your alongside the best-selling sight-reading! Improve your sight-reading! Teacher’s book graded series for pupils, it mirrors the introduction of key concepts and technical issues in the pupils’ books. Including over 100 progressive practice tests Supports ABRSM syllabus requirements

Paul Harris

ISBN: 0-571-53953-X ISBN: 0-571-53964-5

£8.99

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FILM THEMES: THE PIANO COLLECTION

IMPROVE YOUR SIGHT-READING! A PIECE A WEEK: GRADE 3 Grade 3 Piano

Following on from the first two Improve your sight-reading! highly successful titles in this A piece a week series by Paul Harris, Improve your sight-reading! A piece a week Grade 3 is ideal to be used alongside the Improve your sightreading! graded piano books to support and improve fundamental skills for successful sight-reading. The fun, short pieces are specifically written to be learnt one per week. By continually reading accessible new repertoire, hand-eye coordination and the ability to process information rapidly are established and improved, developing confident sight-reading. Short pieces to support and improve sight-reading by developing note-reading skills and hand-eye coordination

Paul Harris

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ISBN: 0-571-53965-3

Grades 1–5 Piano

£4.99

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This collection, specifically arranged for the intermediate pianist, brings together favourite songs from the movies such as ‘Maybe’ from Annie, ‘Not Goin’ Home Anymore’ (Burt Bacharach) from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, ‘Alone In Kyoto’ from Lost In Translation, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ (Ellie Goulding) from Fifty Shades Of Grey, ‘Not About Angels’ (Birdy) from The Fault In Our Stars, ‘Bella’s FILM THEMES Lullaby’ from Twilight, as well as the main themes from Chocolat, The Cider House Rules and Gone With The Wind. The Piano Collection

Thirty film themes arranged for piano solo

ISBN: 0-571-53968-8 £9.99


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ROCK & POP

Hamilton It’s the musical that’s taken America by storm and it’s coming to the West End in October 2017, but if you can’t wait that long, this piano/vocal songbook is just the thing you need! Hamilton is the critically acclaimed, Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning musical about Alexander Hamilton. This vocal collection features 17 songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, including the opening title song “Alexander Hamilton”, “My Shot” and “Burn”. ISBN: 0-571-53967-X £18.99

Wrong Crowd Tom Odell’s debut album Long Way Down back in 2013 made waves, and we’re sure you’ll recognise his cover of The Beatles’ Real Love from the John Lewis Christmas TV ad in 2014. Now, the artist-approved songbook to this Ivor Novello and BRIT award-winning songwriter’s second studio album Wrong Crowd is available to buy. With all 11 tracks from the album arranged for piano, voice and guitar, together with four bonus tracks as featured on the deluxe album version, this songbook is perfect for fans and anyone who fancies some new songs to discover. ISBN: 0-571-53955-6

£16.99

Want to find out more about our extensive Rock & Pop catalogue? Why not check it out online at www.issuu.com/fabermusic


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ALFRED MUSIC Alfred’s Premier Piano Course Premier Piano Express: An All-In-One Accelerated Course for the later-beginner by Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, E. L. Lancaster, Victoria McArthur, and Martha Mier Premier Piano Express is designed for students who need a fast-paced approach to piano study. Based on the concepts and music from Premier Piano Course, this All-in-One Accelerated Course integrates Lesson, Theory, Technique, and Performance pages. The book is organized into skills-based units that feature clear explanations of important musical concepts. Worksheets within each unit provide review and strengthen understanding. Included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains both audio performances on acoustic piano and orchestrated accompaniments for selected pieces. Accompaniments are also available for download.

Premier Piano Express Book 1: Elementary ISBN 10: 1470633698 ISBN 13: 9781470633691 £11.95

Premier Piano Express, Book 2: Late Elementary ISBN 10: 1470633701 ISBN 13: 9781470633707 £11.95

Format: Book, CD & Online Audio & Software

Teacher Handbook for Kodaly’s 333 Reading Exercises The musical and pedagogical aim of this book by Sarolta Platthy & Ying Ying Ng is to establish the learning of musical reading in solfa and staff notation. However, the books original subtitle – introduction to Hungarian Folk Music – covers a larger scope than the name implies with many of its melodies featuring Western-international characteristics. Written in the favourable D-B range for children, it does encourage transposition too, by deploying solfa and stick notation techniques, while understanding that staff notation must remain at actual pitch. “…I got very excited when I heard Poco Studio had got together with the eminent Kodaly specialist Sarolta Platthy to produce Teacher Handbook For Kodaly’s 333 Reading Exercises. The original 333 is

a small, perfectly formed book full of opportunities for developing musicianship. What the Teacher’s Handbook cleverly does is to bring these pieces to life and guides teachers through the main musical skills that each exercise can help to develop. I am looking forward to using this in lessons during the Autumn term!” thecuriouspianoteachers.org

ISBN 10: 9670831024 ISBN 13: 9789670831022 £19.95

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