Teaching and resources for English and Music

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Mediant Studies

MUSIC TEACHING AND STUDY MATERIAL

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KEYBOARD TUTOR BOOKS

TB12a and b SIGHT AND SOUND 2 books $14.00 each

This series concentrates on producing pianists who are good all-round musicians. The aim has been to make learning music as varied, interesting and creative as possible. There are opportunities for systematic development of sight reading, memorisation, composition, improvisation, and playing by ear. All skills are developed in relation to the topics being covered, so they reinforce one another. Techniques like legato and cantabile playing are introduced at a relatively early stage, so that the groundwork is laid for the production of pianists who are totally in tune with their instrument. The books are designed to be used with books one and two respectively of Making Sense of Music (TH11).

TB21 PIANO: A STARTER FOR MUSICIANS 1 book 27 pages $14.00

A book produced specifically for students who already sing or play and instrument, but want to gain some keyboard skills. Special attention is given to skills peculiar to pianists - like making the melody sound over the accompaniment A knowledge of grade one theory is presupposed.

TB27 FUN WITH CHORDS 17 pages $9.00

Planned to teach students to play chords on piano or electronic keyboard, and to use their knowledge of chords for performing, improvising, composing, harmonising and arranging. A good preparation for extemporisation and keyboard musicianship elements of examination board syllabi. A "Starter" to familiarise beginners with the keyboard and staff notation is available ($2.00) from the author.

TB43 AT FIRST SIGHT 3 books 10 pages each $5.00

Collections of short original pieces suitable for teaching music reading. Unlike many sightreading books available today, each book starts from the level reached at the previous book, and introduces gradually more complex melodies and rhythms until the level of that grade is reached. The Beginners book starts from crotchets and minims on middle C, and is followed by booklets which lead up to Grades 1 and 2.

TB52 FIRST IMPRESSIONS Grade 2 10 pages $4.00
. . Grade 3 14 pages $5.00

Music reading for electronic organ, similar to At First Sight. Pedals are introduced at grade 2 level, and this can be taken after the Grade One book of At First Sight.

TB65 THREE PART SCORES TO ARRANGE FOR PIANO 10 pages $6.00

Planned to give piano students experience in playing from open scores for three voices or instruments.

TB70 INSTRUMENTAL SCORES TO PLAY ON PIANO 36 pages $15.00

Suitable for preparing for musicianship requirements for Trinity College Grade 8 examination

TB75 CHROMATIC EXTEMPORISATION 19 pages $14.00

Suitable for preparing for key analysis and extemporisation requirements for ATCL examination

THEORY (Notation, harmony, history, form, composition)

TH11a, b and c MAKING SENSE OF MUSIC 3 books 14 pages each $5.00 each

Explanations and exercises teaching theory up to grade one level. Book one starts from middle C, and gradually works outwards. Books one and two are designed to accompany books one and two of Sight and Sound (TB12) respectively.

TH14 MUSIC-READING WORKSHEETS 16 pages $7.00

Designed to introduce or revise music terminology and music-reading. Includes explanations, examples, and a range of exercises. Particularly useful for students for whom English is a second language.

TH21 KEY SKILLS 20 pages $11.00

Simple, practical and creative ways of learning to understand and use keys and scales. Includes intervals, chords, degree names and transposition. Leads to To Touch a Chord.

TH23 KEYS AND SCALES 9 worksheets $6.00

Exercises to teach major and minor scales (including major and perfect intervals) up to two sharps or flats.

TH26 ARRANGING MUSIC FOR KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS 21 pages $14.00

How to write music in various styles for different keyboard instruments. Teaches a knowledge of jazz\guitar chord symbols, and shows how to write introductions, fillers and endings.

TH27a,b CREATING YOUR OWN MUSIC 2 books 23 pages $12.00

Develops skills in listening, playing by ear, harmonising, transposing, arranging, composing and improvising. Introduces elements of notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture and form, with examples of various periods and styles. Includes intervals, cadences and keyboard familiarisation (if needed).

TH29 COMPOSING MADE SIMPLE 11 pages $6.00

Easy steps to creating music, particularly for keyboard. Includes pretasks leading up to 9 compositions.

TH31 HARMONY MADE SIMPLE 11 pages $6.00

Easy steps to understanding harmony. Shows how to recognise a variety of common chords and keys (including key changes and non-harmony notes).

TH32a.b TO TOUCH A CHORD 2 books 23 pages each $13.00 each

A creative introduction to keyboard harmony, with opportunities to gain skills in analysis, composition and arranging. Most examples can be played easily by a pianist of grade IV level. Hearing the chords is emphasised. Designed for use with TH35 Harmony by ear. Leads to Making Chords Work.

TH35 HARMONY BY EAR 7 pages $5.00

A series of aural examples to illustrate the principles introduced in To Touch a Chord (TH32). The booklet describes the sorts of tests to give, while the teacher is expected to improvise specific examples. Two test papers are supplied, with answer sheets. Individual copies for students are not necessary.

. MAKING CHORDS WORK $9.00
TH37a Keyboard $14.00 TH37b Two Part Counterpoint $6.00 TH37c SATB $10.00

Easily-played examples from music literature showing how to use diatonic harmony to write or arrange music. Each point is related to exercises in analysing, harmonising, arranging and composing.

TH40a,b TUNES TO CHORDS 2 books 13 pages $7.00

How to write effective melodies that work harmonically. Suitable to prepare candidates for the melody-writing question in the Royal Schools theory examinations (Book 1 for grade 5, book 2 for grade 6)

TH43 BAROQUE, CLASSICAL, ROMANTIC 10 pages $10.00

Styles, composers and major works of the three periods, with suggestions of music to listen to and topics for research. Summaries which can be photocopied on to slides for overhead projector are available. Suitable for introducing a class to music history, or to prepare a student for senior examinations. No prior musical knowledge is required to understand the text.

TH47 THE CHANGING STYLES OF WESTERN MUSIC 25 pages $13.00

A brief survey of music history, concentrating on the development of musical style from 1500. With each topic there are suggestions for listening and research topics to discuss or complete as assignments.

TH48 RELATING HISTORY, STRUCTURE AND STYLE 14 pages $7.00

Teaches all the common forms of music, as well as stylistic features, in the context of music history, showing how different forms and styles developed.

TH51 SONATA FORM . $3.00

A simple grid setting out the elements of Sonata Form. Available as overhead projector slide or A3 poster. See PP38 In Classic Style in the Piano pieces section for an original piece in Sonata Form.

TH53 LUTE AND KEYBOARD 24 pages $12.00

Features major instruments, styles, forms and composers.

TH55 ORCHESTRAL MUSIC 12 pages $6.00

Historical development of instrumentation, orchestration and structure of orchestral music.

TH58 FIGURED BASSES 16 pages $7.00

An introduction to reading, realising and writing figured basses for SATB and keyboard

TH62 UNDERSTANDING NON-DIATONIC MUSIC 9 pages $6.00

Shows how different modes and scales have been used and adapted (or avoided) over the centuries (including jazz and atonal music).

TH63 NOTE VALUES . $3.00

A simple grid setting out minims, crotchets, etc. Available as overhead projector slide or A3 poster

TH66 WRITING NON-DIATONIC MELODIES 9 pages $5.00

Shows how to write tunes in pentatonic, modal, whole-tone, and atonal styles.

TH68 WRITING JAZZ MELODIES 9 pages $5.00

Shows how to write tunes in various jazz styles.

TH70 PERFORMANCE DIRECTIONS 9 pages $5.00

Families of instruments and how they are played, terms and signs showing how to play, and exercises.

TH72 ORNAMENTATION 14 pages $7.00

The various ornaments, and how to perform them (taking into account period and context).

TH80 GET THE SCORE 23 pages $13.00

How to read and analyse musical scores. Suitable for Royal Schools grade 6 theory examinations.

TH85 MUSIC TOPICS FOR REVISION 10 pages $7.00

Contains all the basic information students need to know for senior theory examinations :
ˇ terms related to tempo, dynamics and mood
ˇ basic principles of ornamentation, structure, harmony, and score reading
ˇ style, forms, composers, common forms and important works of the periods of music history

TH88 RECOGNISING STYLES 12 pages $7.00

This resource teaches students how to appreciate the style of music they study or hear.  This is useful for general music appreciation, as well as preparing for theory exams, but is intended for preparing students for aural tests in grades 6 to 8 of Trinity Guildhall and Royal Schools (ABRSM) examinations.

TH90 THE MUSICAL DETECTIVE 21 pages $19.00

How to analyse unseen extracts and recognise the composer.

PIANO MUSIC

PP05 WHEELIES 4 pages $3.00

An exciting way of learning terms and signs for first year pianists. Includes a recital piece.

PP09 ADD YOUR BIT Grade 1 10 pages $5.00

Original pieces illustrating various jazz styles, with ideas for creative involvement by the student. This booklet can be used after TB21 Piano: a starter for Musicians or Book 2 of TB12 Sight and Sound.

PP12 EASY CLASSICS Grade 1 17 pages $9.00

Simple arrangements of melodies from seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. These can be used as a means of introducing a student to Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, and others. Suitable as a companion to Easy Jazz.

PP15 DUCKWALK Grade 4-5 2 pages $3.00

A lively piece in jazz style. Requires careful attention to phrasing, articulation, pedalling and dynamics.

PP21 CHARACTERISTIC INVENTIONS Grade 2-3 8 pages $5.00

8 two-part pieces. The idea came from the Two-Part Inventions of J.S.Bach, although the technique needed to perform these is much more modest. The pieces are short, tuneful and rhythmical. The notes are generally not difficult to play, although careful attention to dynamics and articulation is necessary if the pieces are to be heard at their best. Can be used after PP11 Easy Jazz or PP12 Easy Classics.

PP23 NOTES FROM HOME Grade 3 8 pages $5.00

Music by composers living in New Zealand, arranged for piano. Pieces can be ordered separately.

PP25 CLAYDERMAN'S GHOST Grade 2-3 2 pages $3.00

A gentle parody of the music of a popular performer, written by Graeme Cleland.

PP26 SAKURA Grade 3 2 pages $3.00

An arrangement for piano or guitar of a melody in Japanese style by Purnomo Hardjosentono.

PP34 BLACK VELVET Grade 3 1 page $2.50

A chromatic piece in 3/2 time in a style not unlike that of Hindemith.

PP36 PERCHANCE TO DREAM Grade 3 1 page $2.50

An arrangement of a piece by David Hamilton. Can be played as a two-part duo (treble/bass).

PP32 TAKE-OFFS Grade 3 4 pages $3.50

3 simple parodies of well-known songs or styles: By Candlelight, Stroll down the Avenue, The Second Noel, A Classic Twist. Attention to rests, accentuation and pedalling is necessary to give the pieces life.

PP35 EASY CAROLS Grade 3 4 pages $3.50

Silent Night, The First Nowell, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks. Words are included.

PP38 IN CLASSIC STYLE Grade 3 8 pages L

A simple piece in eighteenth-century style written to illustrate Sonata Form. Included is a worksheet backgrounding the symphony and sonata form, with worksheet on thematic development. See TH51.

PP41 PACHELBEL'S CANON Grade 3-4 2 pages $4.00

An arrangement of the famous Canon in D which exercises pedalling, phrasing, and staccato.

PP45 POOLSIDE Grade 5 2 pages $3.50

A sultry piece in blues style, requiring careful attention to articulation, expression and pedalling.

PP50 GYMNOPEDIE no.1 Grade 5-6 1 page $2.50

A short piece in the style of Satie. Edited from an original by David Hamilton.

PP85 FANCY WORK 14 pages $9.00

A collection of atmospheric but energetic pieces. Individual pieces may be ordered separately as follows:

PP48 A TOUCH OF PARADISE Grade 6 3 pages $5.00
PP56 BE NATURAL Grade 6 3 pages $5.00
PP66 THE HAUL OF THE GREAT FISH Grade 8 4 pages $6.00
PP68 CHATTERBOX Grade 7 3 pages $5.00

DUETS OR TRIOS FOR PIANO OR KEYBOARD

DT11 LEND A HAND(booklets)/ENSEMBLES FOR KEYBOARD(worksheets) 9 pages
. Booklets $8.00 Originals for photocopying $15.00 Laminates $20.00

Graded duets and trios for one hand or both hands. All can be performed by students in their first year.

DT22 TEAMPLAY 13 pages $7.00

Original and traditional tunes arranged in order or difficulty for instrumental or keyboard solos, duos or trios. Suitable for the keyboard laboratory.

DT32 LATE BLOOM 6 pages $3.50

A lively piano duet (about grade six level)

OTHER MATERIAL

OM15 TRICKS COMPOSERS PLAY 8 pages $4.50

This introduction to understanding and appreciating music is suitable for people of all ages.  It focuses on the music of five composers, each representative of a different period and style.  Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók lived over two hundred years apart, and the last one, Bartók, died seventy years ago;  yet they wrote much of the keyboard music played today.  Which instruments were they writing for, and how did this affect their music?  What made their music different – and “special”?  Which “tricks” did they use to make their music interesting?

OM20 A SENSE OF STYLE 12 pages $8.00

This resource aims to prepare students for recognising characteristics of musical style in aural tests of grade 6-8 exams, and arranging music in various styles in grade 6-8 and diploma theory exams.   It presents musical examples which students can study or listen to, so they can see how features of the music (such as texture, ornamentation, articulation and pedalling) affect the sound and style of the music. There is particular emphasis on which elements in the music create its character or mood.

OM33 ISSUES FOR NEW TEACHERS 6 pages $3.50

Topics for discussion with trainee piano teachers. Covers repertoire, technique, teaching principles.

OM39 MUSIC FOR THE PIANO 30 pages $14.00

List of major repertoire for piano, indicating grade levels, with notes and worksheets on composers.

OM45 PRACTICE REGISTER 4 pages $8.00 per set of 15

A grid for students to fill out the amount of practice done on each day. Includes letter to parents/guardians asking for their co-operation, indicating how much practice should be done each day, and encouraging them to initial daily entries. There is also a list of hints on how to practise effectively.

OM49c PROFILE OF A COMPOSER, OM49f STUDYING A MUSICAL FORM,
. OM49w ANALYSIS OF A SET WORK each worksheet 1 page $7.00

per set of 10 Useful for studying pieces or styles or preparing for senior practical, theory or school examinations.

OM63 EFFECTIVE GROUP TEACHING FOR KEYBOARD 6 pages $3.50

Advice and suggestions concerning starting a keyboard group, improving teaching methods and using creative ideas.

OM75 WRITING PROGRAMME NOTES 7 pages $5.00

How to write programme notes for certificate and diploma performance/recital examinations.

The material listed in this catalogue is copyright.

Please do not photocopy without permission,
except for the following:

Photocopiable originals suitable for teaching

TH21 Key Skills 27.50
TH26 Arranging music for keyboard instruments 32.50
TH27 Creating your own music, books 1 and 2 at 29.95 59.90
TH29 Composing made simple 15.50
TH31 Harmony made simple* 15.50
TH32 To touch a chord, books 1 and 2* at 29.95 59.90
. Writing effective melodies 17.50
TB27 Fun with chords, books 1 and 2 at 22.50 45.00
TH80 Get the score 29.95

NOTES ON SELECTED WORKS:

  EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK (Mozart) 39.95
  VIOLIN CONCERTO IN G MINOR (Bruch) 34.95
  REVOLVER (Beatles) 24.95
  GYMNOPEDIES (Satie) 29.95

All contain:
•  elements of analysis, research and description
•  recall sections for revising or testing information learnt
•  aural exercises
•  suggested compositional tasks (often with two or three options)

  Please contact us and ask for a full catalogue.  

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