Guest Post by Karen Marshall
Like many other musicians (and having musical children) I walk into the next two weeks packed with rehearsals, performances and concerts.
It is so easy to become stressed, anxious and to not remember that Christmas is suppose to be about joy (as I mentioned in my last year’s Christmas blog post).
Yet, I want to suggest that over these next two weeks we look out for the special musical gifts we can receive from children we teach over this festive period.
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Sheet Music Review
Phillip Keveren has established a formidable reputation as an outstanding arranger with his Phillip Keveren Series, numbering nearly 100 titles published worldwide by Hal Leonard.
Ranging from Gospel music, hymns and worship songs to contemporary popular artists such as Coldplay, Queen and Billy Joel, and with plenty of music from films and stage thrown in, these beautifully presented “Piano Solo” collections offer arrangements suitable for the late intermediate player, while there’s also a selection of “Easy Piano” titles aimed at elementary players.
The Phillip Keveren Series already includes several Seasonal titles, such as A Celtic Christmas, Yuletide Jazz, and for “easy piano”, Santa Swings.
For 2019, Keveren brings us another seasonal newcomer to the series, Christmas Carols with a Classical Flair, so let’s see whether he has again struck gold…
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In a special Christmas message for Pianodao, Karen Marshall offers generous words of encouragement and advice for musicians, teachers and parents during this busy season…
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Guest Post by Karen Marshall & David Blackwell
We are thrilled to be able to offer this Practice Advent Calendar to Pianodao readers.
The idea of a Practice Advent Calendar went down really well with Karen’s students last Christmas. That little bit of extra reward and recognition can be very helpful to motivate music practice.
The simple logo-like Christmas symbol illustrations (for each day in December up to the 24th) are line drawings for children to colour in.
We are excited to see finished advent calendars in the future so please do take pictures and show us them on social media. We’d love to see them!
We really hope it will inspire your students to do a little more practice this festive period but most of all, to have some fun!
Practice Advent Calendar [PDF Download]
Very best wishes, Karen Marshall and David Blackwell
All images and downloads included in this post are copyright Collins Music, shared with the kind permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
Guest Post by Karen Marshall
Behind the scenes of Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers and its five aims.
The book was written between October and December last year, with all the materials tested with pupils in Karen Marshall’s teaching practice.
Karen and David spoke extensively to teachers to find out exactly what they were looking for in a Christmas book and ‘Get Set! Christmas Crackers’ was the result.
Here you get a ‘behind the scenes’ account of the ideas behind the pages and a quick summary of the main ‘Five Aims’.
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The Pianist’s Reflections Series
As I write it’s December, and in keeping with the season, I’m going to consider generosity.
Let me start by sharing this brilliant quote from my good friend Paul Harris, which nicely sets the scene for my thoughts on generosity:
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“Performing is an act of giving.
If we perform with artistry and skill – at any level, and with unconditional generosity – then everyone is the better for it.”