Faber Music’s PianoTrainer series, comprising, The Foundation Pianist (2 books), The Intermediate Pianist (3 books) and The Advanced Pianist (2 books), has made a huge impact in the piano education world over the last couple of years, offering a progressive musical curriculum which can be used between or instead of grade exams.
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In this special Guest Post, series editor and writer Karen Marshall tells the story behind the development of the series, while Faber Music have provided a special FREE Download which outlines the curriculum underpinning it, giving an essential insight for all teachers and students working through the books.
Karen Marshall and David Blackwell have created some superb, FREE carol arrangements and Christmas lesson resources to accompany Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers, which publisher Collins Music has generously agreed to host here on Pianodao!
Some of these resources appeared here in 2018, when Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers was also published, while others are brand new for 2019…
Visit the Downloads Page here!
Sheet Music Review
When I reviewed Get Set! Piano about three years ago, I had never met either of the authors (Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond), but subsequently I have developed a friendship with both. And along the way, Pianodao has (with the generous agreement of Collins Music) become a highly visible hosting site for the many free downloads which accompany the Get Set! Piano series.
My review of the new Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers is therefore now offered in an obviously different context to my original review.
But I hope to be as objective as ever, writing as a teacher giving an insight into the uses of the material – and I hope you will agree that I can at least offer a factual description of its content! So let’s get started …
Continue reading Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers
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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Sheet Music Review
Around this time last year, Faber Music unleashed The Intermediate Pianist series, co-authored by Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond. It was a solid success, warmly received by teachers and students alike, and in my Pianodao review I wrote:
“The Intermediate Pianist books get right to the heart of what learning music is really all about. This truly could prove a milestone publication – don’t miss it!”
As many readers will know, The Intermediate Pianist deservedly went on to win Best Print Resource at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2018.
This Autumn, it’s a joy to welcome the arrival of The Foundation Pianist, two companion books in Faber’s growing Piano Trainer series. This time, Karen is joined by new co-author David Blackwell.
Let’s see what’s included, and consider how these books might fit into a rounded curriculum for young pianists…
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