[Menvi-discuss] piano methods

Bettie Downing bnbdowning70 at embarqmail.com
Sun May 5 15:32:19 EDT 2013


There you go.  Terrific!!



On May 4, 2013, at 10:58 PM, Jordie Howell wrote:

> Steph,
> 
> Vision Australia has brailled the following books from the Alfred series:
> 
> Alfred's basic piano library : prep course for the young beginner ; lesson
> book, level F
> Alfred's basic piano library : fun book level 1.
> Alfred's basic piano library : solo book level 1a
> Alfred's basic piano library : lesson book level 1b.
> Alfred's basic piano library : solo book level 1b
> Alfred's basic piano library : fun book level 2.
> Alfred's basic piano library : piano repertoire book level 2.
> Alfred's basic piano library : lesson book level 2.
> Alfred's basic piano library : solo book level 2
> Alfred's basic piano library : solo book level 3 piano
> Alfred's basic piano library : lesson book 3 level 1a.
> Alfred's basic piano library : solo book level 4 piano 
> Alfred's basic adult piano course : level 3 : greatest hits : recordings,
> Broadway, movies
> As you can see, there's quite a lot at your doorstep, so why not get an
> account with 
> i-access to download these publications, or give Vision Australia a call on
> Monday and request a few titles?
> 
> Jordie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Menvi-discuss [mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org] On Behalf Of
> Stephanie
> Sent: Sunday, May 05, 2013 1:44 PM
> To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
> Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] piano methods
> 
> Thank you so much.  I will look in to these.  I live in Australia, so not
> sure how much i can tap in to these.
> I'd like to build my music colection before starting to teach full time.
> Steph
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "STEPHANIE PIECK" <themusicsuite at verizon.net
> To: "This is for discussing music and braille
> literacy"<menvi-discuss at menvi.org Date sent: Sat, 04 May 2013 11:18:26 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] piano methods
> 
> Hi,
> 
> American Printing House for the Blind sells the complete Alfred Basic course
> (Levels 1A, 1B, and 2 through 6).  They're expensive, but this is still one
> of the most widely-used method series in the U.S., both for kids and adults.
> 
> Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) has the Oxford Piano Course
> (Piano Time, books 1 through 3; Piano Time Pieces, books 1 and 2; Duets with
> a Difference for ensemble work; and Tunes for Ten Fingers, More Tunes for
> Ten Fingers, and Fun for Ten Fingers--all by Pauline Hall).  The "Ten
> Fingers" books are really good for very young beginners because they
> introduce musical notation reading using middle C as the starting point for
> both right and left hands and working outword.  This makes it easier for
> players with very small hands to play; it also fosters stronger
> note-recognition earlier in students than the usual C Major 5-finger
> approach does because it encourages reading by relationships, not through
> memorizing isolated note positions on the bass or treble staff.
> 
> Another excellent (and fun) series is Christopher Norton's "American Popular
> Piano Repertoire" series.  The Library of Congress has the Preparatory Level
> and Levels 1 through 8 available for download, and Prima Vista Braille Music
> Services sells all these plus Levels 9 and 10.  I like these both as
> supplementary material and as sight-reading practice for my sighted
> students.
> 
> For general repertoire collections, one of the best comprehensive series is
> Denes Agay's "Classics to Moderns".  There are four volumes: 
> "Easy Classics
> to Moderns, Volume 17", "More Easy Classics to Moderns, Volume 27",
> "Classics to Moderns for the Early Intermediate Grades, Volume 37", and
> "Classics to Moderns, Volume 47".  All can be borrowed and some can be
> downloaded from the Library of Congress.  These books offer a very wide
> variety of pieces spanning from early Baroque (Jerimiah Clarke, the Bachs,
> Handel, and many French composers such as Rameau, Dandrieu, etc.) through
> early 20th-century ones (Stravinsky, Bartok, Villa-Lobos).
> 
> The Bastien "Piano Literature" series in four volumes is also still widely
> used and while it has a much smaller sampling than the Agay books, it
> contains the most popular "old standbies" of classical music
> teaching: "Fur
> Elise", Elmenreich's "Spinning Song", (both in Volume Three), Mozart's
> Sonata K.  545 and various Bach two-part inventions and Chopin preludes
> (Volume Four).  Apparently, the publisher of this series has produced a
> Volume Five and Volume Six, but neither of these are available yet in
> Braille.
> 
> If you're unable to purchase music from RNIB, you can join their National
> Library for the Blind and borrow titles.  This makes it possible to access
> any of the graded exam pieces from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools
> of Music--which for some reason can't be bought by anyone outside the United
> Kingdom.  These books offer a wide variety of styles and periods at each
> grade level (1 through 8), and also give blind teachers an opportunity to
> have access to some of the more modern arrangements and compositions.  For
> example, the 2013-2014 Grade 2 book includes a nice easy jazz piece called
> "Strange Things Happen" by Sarah Watts; a great arrangement of "Meet the
> Flintstones!"; and pieces by Thomas Attwood, Matthyas Seiber, Handel and
> others.  Further up the difficulty ladder, at Grade 5, the
> 2013-2014 book
> includes "For Lydia" by Darius Brubeck, MacDowell's "To a Wild Rose", and
> others.
> 
> The Suzuki Piano School books (Volumes 1 through 7), available through the
> Library of Congress, are good sources for many of the "standard repertoire"
> pieces, too.  I have heard from sighted colleagues who use the Suzuki books
> that they have been revised many times over the years, so I'm not sure how
> the Braille would correspond to what's being published now.
> 
> The Alfred "Sonata Album" (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven), and Scarlatti's
> "Sixty Sonatas" are both available for download from the Library of Congress
> and are fixtures in any good teaching collection.
> 
> The "Piano Adventures" series is really popular, but as yet, I'm not sure if
> it's available in its entirety, although Prima Vista was working on it.  The
> concepts in it are well-presented, but they're done in highly visual ways so
> I'm not sure if this would be an easy book to use for a Braille reader
> working with sighted beginners.
> 
> Finally, while not used as much these days, some teachers still rely on the
> following books:
> Bastien "Piano Lessons" books--Primer and Levels 1 through 4.  If you end up
> using these and want to make sure your students have matching print
> equivalents, be sure that you ask your print music retailer for the "old
> edition"--i.e., not revised or updated.  I haven't used these in a long time
> because I didn't like the constant use of chord symbols--students ended up
> cheating and just reading those instead of learning to read bass clef
> notation!
> John Thompson's "Modern Course for the Piano", beginning with Teaching
> Little Fingers to Play and continuing from First to Fifth Grade books--the
> constant use of finger numbers infuriated me, but these can all be borrowed
> from Library of Congress.
> 
> Hope that helps you get started ...
> 
> Stephanie Pieck
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Stephanie" <sim.musicschool at gmail.com
> To: "This is for discussing music and braille literacy"
> <menvi-discuss at menvi.org
> Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:40 AM
> Subject: [Menvi-discuss] piano methods
> 
> 
> Hi all,
> I am just begining to start my teaching studio and looking for piano
> methods to use.  I'd like to buy one for use at home, and if possible have
> a complete one, not the first few books.  Any help would be fantastic!
> Thanks,
> Steph
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