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Ballade
This duet is very suitable for mixed abilities. The first part is about grade 2 / 3, the second part, about grade five.

It was originally written for two pupils who had been asked to play in a school concert: one was about grade seven, the other grade three. Neither had had any experience of duet playing, and as they only had a week or two to learn it, I did not want it to be too complex, so it does not contain any interweaving of parts. The tune is mostly in octaves split between the hands, although there are one or two challenging moments for the upper part, where there are both chord and key changes (!) - as well as occasional shifts in octave.


performed:       This has been performed at both a school concert, and a private concert, with a different pupil on the easier part.

Little Tune's Christmas - duration 20' (individual pieces

The last piece "Duet with Robin" (not actually a duet) is also suitable for performance.

(The whole volume/s are available for purchase, but without illustrations due to cost of production)

 

This began as a little story, written in the early hours one morning. I felt that it could be set to music for children. The result is a set of pieces in two volumes.

The first volume (illustrated by Geraldine green) contains the story set to music, of a sad little tiny tune, living on someone's music shelf. His conversations and thoughts are all illustrated in music, demonstrating how composers' ideas grow and develop. Some of the musical fragments and pieces are very easy and suitable for beginners and early grades; some are more difficult, with a few that parents or the teacher may play ! This is a book that can be kept from year to year, with new items able to be accomplished each year. It may also be used by siblings of different abilities, or even for a Christmas concert where each child plays something according to their ability..... the last piece is about grade seven or eight !

The second volume (with pieces illustrating different parts of The Christmas Story) follows on from the first, and shows how little fragments and musical ideas can be developed into pieces. All the little fragments of music from the first volume become complete pieces here. For example, when the main character becomes happy in the first volume, the musical idea that accompanies the story reflects this. In the second volume, this idea is extended and becomes "The Shepherds Hurrying." Some of the pieces also contain passages where other instruments (eg recorder) may join in, or passages may be sung, both of which encourage in people making music together.

I have tried some of these with my pupils, and they have to proved quite popular !


The Sea (Duet - (one piano) - for different abilities)
This is an ideal duet for brother and sister, or parent and child where as is so often the case, one is more advanced than the other. The top part here can be tackled by a beginner who is on a first- level beginners book, and only involves a few notes that are easily played an octave highrer once learnt. The second part can be learnt by a pupil on about grade two or three level.
"Raindrops" and "Bells" - Two Duets for the first lessons - for teacher/parent and pupil.
These two duets : “Raindrops” and “Bells” have a pupil’s part that consists of Cs only. Even a child (or adult) with no reading ability can join in here! It is also useful to help other learners keep a steady beat and to learn to listen to another’s playing, as the teacher varies tone and tempo whilst their part means there is nothing challenging to tackle - save listening! It may also be useful for demonstrating to older pupils how hamony can be changed subtly around one note.

Melodie

This is a simple little two page melodic piano piece, for a player around grade one level.

Prelude
A piece that involves crossing of hands and teaching
of simple broken chords, but is also very expressive. This piece is also at the end of the volume "Play in Twelve Weeks."  There are two versions available; one with conventional dynamics, and the other with the dynamics (in Italian) written underneath in English. The broken chords are also written on, to aid learning and help with an understanding of harmony. This piece is best when pedal is used.

Free Spirit  (for flute and piano)  duration - 1' 30"

dedicated to Isobel

This a simple and short piece, suitable for about grade two level, although the piece would benefit from a better tone of a higher grade player. It is tuneful and melodic, with an easy piano accompaniment. It is in the easy key of D, with a short passage of a few bars in Eb.

Tutors

(Not yet available for purchase)


Piano Scale Book
This book uses both notation and pictures of the keyboard to teach scales.
It may be used directly to learn from, or to facilitate an understanding of how scales work and relate to each other. Each page looks at a major scale, its two relative minors and the major version of the minor scales.....eg. C major, A hamonic and A melodic minors, as well as A major.
Play in Twelve Weeks !
A book for adult beginners. Really a book to be designed to be used along-side a conventional tutor, this book aims to take the fear and mystique out of playing the piano or keybaurd, is light hearted and desighned to quickly teach the principals of chord playing - which is what most adults want to be able to do quickly. This is a book for many who have no wish for formal lessons but who want to be able to get going as quickly as possible without too much terrifying theory !
Musical Games and interactive aids for teaching
(Not yet available for purchase)

“Music Box” - “Bag Loads of Fun”
Here,the teacher can choose from a variety of things to put into a bag which provides a basis for a variety of musical games and activities, covering elementary theory, note learning, memory, and general musical knowlege.

Pom pom pom.......
A set of ideas for teaching exercises and techniques based around the use of little wooly pom poms ! The children love them, it provides an atmosphere of fun and laughter which gives the relaxed atmosphere needed to try new techniques without tension.

Musical Snakes and Ladders
This game is based upon the traditional snakes and ladders game.This game is designed to help children overcome their all-too-often confusion over which way is up and which is down, on both stave and keyboard. Non-music reading parents can also be easily involved in this too.

“Up and Down” Game
This is a simple race game -designed  to encourage children to recognise which way is up, and which way is down on the stave, as well as helping them to understand how notes move up and down in steps from line to space....and they love it when they beat their teacher ! Non-music reading parents can also be easily involved in this too.
 

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