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  Major, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Fingering chartsPiano Scales

This popular book enables students of all abilities and levels to progress quickly and accurately.

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Learn to Read Music by DrawingLearn to Read Music by Drawing

This is a note-memorisation workbook which has immediate young student appeal and makes learning to read music more fun than you thought possible.

Suits beginner vocalists and instrumentalists. It teaches, entertains and makes learning to read music a pleasure.

'Tell me and I'll forget,
Show me and I will understand,
Involve me and I'll remember.'
                                  (Chinese proverb)

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My Weekly Lesson and Practice LogbookMy Weekly Lesson and Practice Logbook

Not only is this A4 sized booklet a helpful record-keeper for the teacher and parent, it is a supportive friend for the student so that great things can be achieved on their musical journey - by being organised.

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Children's songbook reader.It's Time to Sing!

Young piano students and the experience of singing for fun are natural companions. At the end of a lesson, the teacher playing an accompaniment while the student sings is an experience that will be looked back on in later years with great pleasure. All songs in this book are original, and link very well to what is being taught at school.

An added advantage with this little songbook is that the notation is easy enough to attract many children to want to play while they sing to their own accompaniment.

(This book is also listed in Resources for School Music, and has a Teaching Manual for full class singing games that add actions to the songs.)

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Piano Pieces - free downloads
These pieces range from beginners through to Grade 3.

Für Elise Beginner's Kit 1

Everyone wants to play Für Elise because it is so beautiful. This kit provides manageable and enjoyable finger exercises based on the musical patterns found on the first page of the score. More kits to follow!

Free Download Fur Elise

I Want to Play the Piano Today!

Treble clef, minims, interval reading, finger numbers are the focus points.

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Sight Singing for Piano Players

Overcome your fear of singing and become a better piano player as a result. You will love this page.

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Haunted House - piano piece

Discover the beautiful B flat while both hands move in parallel motion with the slow and slightly creepy melody to describe a haunted house.

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Jumping Jacks - piano piece

Two short contrasting sections teach looking ahead, reading and playing octaves, 4/4 time, quick chord changes, RH fingering changes are the main focus areas.

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Walking on a Tightrope - piano piece

This is a piece for right hand only. Details: F# as an accidental, legato, staccato, quaver rests. The student works out the best fingering as a valuable learning skill.

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Vesper Hymn - extract - piano piece

C major, F major, G major and E major versions enhance sight reading, inner ear pitch accuracy and improvisational skills.

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Show-off Sixths and Octaves - piano piece

Tap your foot, look cool, be a star! 
The notation is a launching pad to then go it alone to learn the pleasure of improvisation.

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Other Information that may be of interest to teachers

Sight Reading

Ways to conquer sight reading difficulties are set out in detail with musical examples. The intervallic system is explained.

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Pitch Accuracy Teaching Method

This method was devised by me to meet a need for students going for an exam where aural was a component. I adapted it for an adult 'tone-deaf' choir with great success.

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End of Term/Semester Student Progress Report Suggestions Checklist

This is a set out as a formal assessment of student progress for teachers to use or make adjustments to suit. It is easy to fill in, and will please parents and students because it is so similar to a school report.

This style of document also helps parents and student realise what is involved in learning an instrument, and it endorses your professionalism.

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Do you have students who do not practise?

Check the list of possible reasons. HOW to practise is the second part of this article and shows how to re-motivate the reluctant student.

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Words for Ode to Joy

While not being a direct translation of the German, the essence of Beethovens message is captured. Read, sing, accompany.

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The Ideal Studio

This list is worth reading because it may rekindle a forgotten thought.

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Exam and Performance Confidence

Some surprising ideas not seen elsewhere are set out in this article.

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Music and the Autistic/Dyslexic Child

Research has shown that singing not only provides therapeutic benefits for ADHD children, but boosts emotional camaraderie and sense of well-being for all children.

For those with an Autism Spectrum Condition, remarkable things have been shown to happen when singing is added to language.

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Piano Student Questionnaire for Teacher Information

You can modify this two-page form to suit your needs.

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