I am delighted to inform readers that ABRSM commissioned me to compose a number of pieces for their new Piano Star series of pre-Grade 1 books, which they formally unveil today. I feel honoured to have been involved with these fabulous new books…
As a direct contributor, of course I am unable to offer a full independent review of the publications here for ethical reasons. Instead, I have reproduced today’s Media Release from ABRSM, which gives full details of the publications below.
I do urge you to have a look at “Piano Star”, because I believe ABRSM have done a tremendous job of the books, and that they offer something genuinely fresh and really brilliant for young players. They will certainly be adopted immediately in my own teaching practice (actually I’ve been using some of the stuff for a while!)
Also, I hope you are happy to indulge me saying how delighted I am with the brilliant illustrations contributed by Tim Budgen, such as those included below…
ABRSM Media Release
ABRSM has released Piano Star, a new series of repertoire books to inspire young pianists and help them to develop their musical skills.
The books offer a rich selection of imaginative solo pieces plus some duets for pupils and teachers to play together, along with activities to enhance learning. With over 70 newly composed pieces and arrangements from a host of leading educational composers, the titles are brought to life with colour illustrations.
There are three books in the series:
- Piano Star 1 is suitable for learners who have completed, or nearly completed, their first tutor book;
- Piano Star 2 is at ABRSM Prep Test level and provides alternative repertoire for that assessment;
- Piano Star 3 helps move players towards Grade 1.
The variety of repertoire provides a rich mix of musical styles, with techniques introduced progressively.
Aisling Greally, piano teacher and co-compiler of the series alongside David Blackwell, said:
“Children will be immediately hooked by the new series, Piano Star. The wide variety of attractive and accessible pieces is sure to capture their imaginations and have them running to the piano to try them out!
“There are cute, funny and quirky themes, exploring familiar and surprising scenarios, within a variety of sounds. Children can sing the words as they play, enjoy the activities, play duets along with their teachers and admire the delightful colour illustrations by Tim Budgen…and all of this even before taking their Grade 1 exam!
Penny Milsom, ABRSM’s Product and Services Executive Director said: “We’re really excited to publish a new range of appealing and accessible pieces to inspire young pianists and help them to develop their musical skills. Piano Star provides a wealth of useful teaching material which children will love to play.
“ABRSM is committed to inspiring musical achievement at every age and level. We know that a beginner’s experience is vital to their musical journey and are delighted to offer this new material that will spark the imagination and help learners progress.”
Each Piano Star costs £5.95 and are now available to purchase online at http://www.abrsm.org/pianostar or from music retailers worldwide.