PIANO

SAXOPHONE

GUITAR

MUSIC THEORY

INTRODUCTORY COURSES

PRIMARY MUSIC EDUCATION

PIANO

The Beginner Piano Lessons for Kids Book with Online Video & Audio Access was designed to help the absolute beginning student learn to play the piano or keyboard. This step by step course is designed for very young beginners and quickly teaches the student to play songs they will know. These lessons start by playing with just the right hand and gradually build to adding the left hand thumb and learning how to play with both hands. Song arrangements were carefully selected to provide an easy transition from learning the basics to covering more interesting rhythms, techniques, and musical ideas. The book features standard music notation for each song and exercise along with fingering notation and hand shifts to make the course easier to learn. This method includes online access to over an hour of video instruction that will help the child play with proper form and timing. The video shows the piano, both hands, and the sheet music on-screen at the same time. The audio tracks allow the student to practice and play along with easy songs at two speeds. The slower speed features just the piano playing the song. The faster version includes vocals and other instruments in a performance-like setting. The combination of book, video, and audio make this the easiest to understand piano course for kids available.


Age 6+

Beginner Piano Lessons for Kids


Piano Basics 1 (Beginner to Pre-Grade Level 1) and Piano Basics 2 (Pre-Grade Level 1 to Grade 1 ) takes students on their first steps to becoming a pianist and well-rounded musician. This unique method provides the building blocks to develop a sound technique in an imaginative and practical way, whilst also establishing essential theory and general musical knowledge. Packed with plenty of toetapping, irresistible pieces, there's no better way to learn the piano! - Warm-ups, fun exercises and great tunes throughout: from jazzy pieces plus well-known tunes. - Theory quizzes and fact files help to develop a broad knowledge of music. The accompanying CD contains complete performances and imaginative backing tracks to play along with. A host of online supporting resources is available to download from www.fabermusic.com/pianobasics. Piano Basics Workouts reinforces new notes and techniques, these fun warm-ups and technical exercises are an ideal start to any practice session. Fun warm-ups and technical exercises to get fingers working: pick one or two exercises each week to play every day at the start of practice. Essential technical development for all early-grade pianists, strengthening hands and improving finger flexibility and co-ordination. Consolidates new notes and techniques learnt in Piano Basics 1 (Step 7 onwards) and Piano Basics 2. Hints and tips are included throughout to develop valuable musicianship skills. Also ideal for sight-reading practice.


Age 7+

Piano Basics Book 1

Piano Basics Book 2

Piano Basics Workouts


Adults

It's Never Too Late


Graded Examinations:

Trinity College of Music Initial Grade

Trinity College of Music Grade 1

Trinity College of Music Grade 2

Trinity College of Music Grade 3

Trinity College of Music Grade 4

Trinity College of Music Grade 5 +


Scales, Sight-Reading and Aural Training:

(For use as preparation for graded examinations)

Trinity College of Music Scales Initial-Grade 5

Trinity College of Music Sound at Sight Books 1 2 3 4

Trinity College of Music Aural Books 1 2


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SAXOPHONE

Method:

Andy Hampton’s Saxophone Basics

This method includes clear technical drawings, fun illustrations, new activities, pull-out fingering chart and of course all of the great tunes featured in the original Saxophone Basics. Starting at absolute beginner level and progressing to about Grade 2, it contains:

  • a wide range of repertoire, including original pieces and well-loved favourites from every genre
  • warm ups and fun original exercises
  • invaluable fact files, quizzes and technical advice covering notation, general musicianship and care of the instrument
  • helpful fingering diagrams and rhythm boxes
  • duets throughout ideal for group teaching
  • pull-out fingering chart to pin on your wall
  • CD containing piano and saxophone accompaniments to play along with.


Alternatively:

Progressive Beginner Saxophone

Progressive Rock Saxophone Method


Music Theory is also taught alongside the saxophone method.


Graded Examinations:

Trinity College of Music Initial Grade

Trinity College of Music Grade 1

Trinity College of Music Grade 2

Trinity College of Music Grade 3

Trinity College of Music Grade 4

Trinity College of Music Grade 5 +


Mosaics: Saxophone Book 1

Mosaics: Saxophone Book 2

Musicial Moments Book 1

Musical Moments Book 2

Musical Moments Book 3

Musical Moments Book 4

Musical Moments Book 5


TCL Scales & Arpeggios


Sound At Sight Book 1

Sound At Sight Book 2


Supplementary Song/Tune Books:

A range of song/tune books will be used to build on the students’ repertoire, performing skills and knowledge of musical genres/styles.


PERFORMANCE AWARDS - offered via London College of Music as an alternative to full grades. Candidates are marked on performance/pieces only.

These can be submitted as a video recording.


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ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Method:

Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners Book 1

How to hold the guitar and correct posture.

Contains tunes involving five notes (G, A, B, C, and D) and four simplified chord shapes (G, D7, C and G7). It introduces the student to 4/4 and 3/4 time, playing both melodies and simplified chords with suggested strumming patterns. It also incorporates crotchets (quarter notes), minims (half notes) and semibreves (whole notes) and their equivalent rests. The student is taught how to read music, and introduced to such basic terms as bar lines, repeat signs and lead-in notes.



Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners Book 2

Introduces five new notes (E, F, G, D, and F#) and five simplified chord shapes (G, D7, C, G7, and D). It contains very easy arrangements and introduces the student to quavers (eighth notes), eighth note strum patterns and dotted crotchet/quarter notes.



Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners Book 3

Continues on from Method Book 2. Method Book 3 extends the range to cover all the natural notes on all six strings in the open position and introduces Bb and another F# note. The C major scale is also explained. The book contains very easy arrangements of over 20 songs, using 6 simplified chord shapes (G, D7, C, G7, D and a new chord, F).


Alternatives:

My First Guitar (Ben Parker)

Guitar - An Absolute Guide For Beginners Level 1 (Ben Parker)

Easy Guitar Tunes (Ben Parker)



Building on Musical Knowledge, Performing Skills and introducing Tablature:

RGT Acoustic Guitar Playing Initial Stage

RGT Acoustic Guitar Playing Preliminary Grade

RGT Acoustic Guitar Playing Grade 1

RGT Acoustic Guitar Playing Grade 2

RGT Acoustic Guitar Playing Grade 3


PERFORMANCE AWARDS Levels 1 - 3: Provided and assessed via RMA.



Guitar Theory:

Alfred’s Basic Guitar Theory Books 1 and 2


Supplementary Song/Tune Books:

A range of song/tune books will be used to build on the students’ repertoire, performing skills and knowledge of musical genres/styles.



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MUSIC THEORY

Improve Your Theory (Paul Harris) Grades 1 2 3 4 5


Rubato Music Academy - Introduction to Music Theory - a book of quizzes and worksheets introducing the basics of music theory. Suitable for students and parents!


Alfred's Basic Guitar Theory Books 1 & 2 (see guitar section)



REFERENCE BOOKS

How to Blitz Musical Knowledge

Little Book of Music Theory & Musical Terms

ABRSM First Steps In Music Theory

Oxford Concise Dictionary of Music

Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms



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MIGHTY MAESTRO CLUB (Theory Basics)

This takes place in the form of an after school tutor group. It is aimed at students at pre-grade level who would like revision or just a booster! Includes a variety of enjoyable music theory lessons, games, races and ear training activities to introduce and reinforce music theory concepts such as music notes in two clefs, music values, time signatures, dynamics and key signatures. The completion of The Mighty Maestro requires listening, observation and a bit of trial and error, leading to a solid understanding of basic music theory.


INTRODUCTORY COURSES

Book a block of ten 30-minute sessions. These are at beginner level and ideal for those returning to an instrument after a break and wanting a refresher course. Alternatively, those looking to take up an instrument but not wanting to commit to weekly lessons during term-time.


Available for:

PIANO

KEYBOARD

SAXOPHONE

GUITAR

MUSIC THEORY

RECORDER

FOLK WHISTLES

FOLK ACCORDION

PRIMARY MUSIC EDUCATION

It is important for a school to have a strong tradition in the provision of music. Most children have their first experience of music at primary school and providing music education of a high level is paramount. It’s important that children experience a combination of classroom, instrumental music and singing as music helps bind pupils into the wider life of the school. When young people make music together, they work toward a common goal that has the potential to change lives profoundly for the better.


Whether you require a resident music teacher, someone for PPA cover or a teacher to provide lessons on a termly basis to a specific class or key stage.


•Whole class lessons are tailored to suit both the school and pupils.

•Planning, ongoing assessment and reports.

•Subject Coordination.

•A range of specialist cross-curricular music topics available

•From Reception to Year 6.

•Instrumental & Vocal work.

•Performing, composing, listening & appraising skills.

•Enjoyable and engaging lessons aimed at all levels and learning styles.


Also available:

Extra-Curricular Music Activities

Music Workshops

Music Consultancy - to assist teachers in cross-curricular planning, resources, implementing music in the wider curriculum and raising the general music profile within a school.