[Menvi-discuss] piano methods

Miranda knownoflove at gmail.com
Sun May 5 15:58:52 EDT 2013


Hi,
I am in the U.S, and wondering if the RNIB would have anything NLS wouldn't
have? Also, would there be cost associated with shipping books to and from
patrons outside the UK?
Thanks, and have a wonderful week!

In Christ, Miranda


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STEPHANIE PIECK
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Anyone in any country can join the National Library for the Blind (England),
and then you can borrow any of the books in their collection. I've done this
with old ABRSM books and am exploring what titles they have for books about
piano pedagogy.

Stephanie Pieck
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> 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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