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’.
Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Christmas Crackers
Guest post by Karen Marshall
Multi-sensory music teaching is just what it sounds like: using all the senses to teach and learn music. The main senses employed are visual (seeing), auditory (hearing) and kinesthetic (doing).
I would also add in reading and writing (text) as the literate nature of our world shows that many people find this useful, even those with dyslexia.
Multi-sensory music teaching can be seen in some of the most respected approaches to such work throughout the world including those of Dalcroze, Kodály, Suzuki and Orff. It can benefit all learners, including those with specific learning difficulties like dyslexia. In her key book Instrumental Music for Dyslexics: A Teaching Handbook (Whurr, 2002), Sheila Oglethorpe emphasizes this, encouraging people
“to employ as many of the child’s senses as possible in the hope that the stronger senses will compensate for the weaker ones”.
However, multi-sensory teaching shouldn’t be seen as a method to just use with students who have special needs – it has huge benefits for all…
Continue reading Multi-Sensory Music Teaching
With the generous permission of Collins Music and author/composers Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond, the Pianodao site has for some time been a host to the many creative and useful FREE resources that accompany the excellent Get Set! Piano series of tutor books.
And these have proved super-popular with both teachers and students!
So it’s a pleasure to let you know that there is a new addition to the growing resource-bank available for download here.
This certificate of merit is, according to Karen,
“… a general certificate of merit for the series which teachers can use as they please. For some children there are some big achievements before they finish the book that need to be recognised. The design is pretty beautiful and if put on card I think will be really special for children.”
And Karen is at pains to mention that the certificate would be useful regardless of whether you happen to use the Get Set! Piano series or not:
“It also could be used what ever method is being used – as Get Set! is a word that can simply be a general term linked with piano learning.”
So what are you waiting for? Here is the FREE download for you to save and print off:
Get Set certificate Piano Certificate of merit
Once again, it’s a pleasure to be able to share these resources on this site, and do check out the whole collection of them here!
Collins Music have just made available a brand new FREE resource to accompany and support the Get Set! Piano series, written by Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond.
The latest additions to the stunning range of materials are a set of “Character” posters featuring the books’ popular Louis Legato, Suzie Staccato, Patrick Piano and Francesca Forte, as wonderfully illustrated by Julia Patton.
Each poster can be printed off as an A4 sheet to display in your teaching studio and use as a teaching and learning resource.
The complete set comes as a PDF file which Collins Music are generously offering on their own site, and by special permission, right here via Pianodao:
And many thanks indeed to the creators of Get Set! Piano and the lovely people at Collins Music.
You can also still find the full range of the Get Set! Piano downloads here.
And my review of the method books is here.