[Menvi-discuss] Braille piano method and duet books

Debra Baxley debrabaxley330 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 08:03:53 EDT 2019


What about Bi Beginning Piano For Adults by Bastien?  I' It's in six 
Braille volumes.  It's books one and two.  I haven't read the Book two 
print volume yet.  That book may be another six volumes in Braille.  It 
has Pre=Reading drawings, although mead meant for adult students.


Debra

On 6/24/2019 8:26 PM, Carol Sexton via Menvi-discuss wrote:
> Hey this will help and I will add these to my braille list.
> Having books on the pre level for adults I think would be good and 
> again I will have to become familiar with them.
> Thank you I will make notes of these books and if the library can make 
> me copies this will be great.
> Carol.
> *From:* Stephanie Pieck via Menvi-discuss 
> <mailto:menvi-discuss at menvi.org>
> *Sent:* Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:28 PM
> *To:* 'This is for discussing music and braille literacy' 
> <mailto:menvi-discuss at menvi.org>
> *Cc:* Stephanie Pieck <mailto:themusicsuite at verizon.net>
> *Subject:* Re: [Menvi-discuss] Braille piano method and duet books
>
> Hi,
>
> The “Piano Adventures” series is now available from NLS, either as a 
> download from BARD or in hardcopy format by borrowing it in the 
> traditional way. If you start with Level 1, there are plenty of duets 
> to play with students both in the Lesson and Performance books. As for 
> written exercises for learning notation etc., there are opportunities 
> throughout the books at all levels to do this. Level 1’s Thdory volume 
> is only available in Braille in the first edition which can’t be 
> obtained in print anymore. However, beginning with Level 2A, all the 
> Braille is Second Edition. There are four “core” books for each level, 
> with levels 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, and 5: Lesson; Performance; 
> Technique and Artistry (contains really great ways to teach good 
> technique); and Theory. There are also Popular and Christmas solos 
> volumes, and a Sight-Reading volume—check BARD to see which of these 
> are available for each level.
>
> If you’d rather have a dedicated duet book, check out Bastien Duet 
> Favorites, Levels 1-4. All available on BARD. Another recent addition 
> to BARD is “Twenty Top Young People’s Classics”, familiar classical 
> pieces arranged for four hands.
>
> Hope that helps.
>
> Stephanie Pieck
>
> *From:*Menvi-discuss [mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org] *On 
> Behalf Of *Carol Sexton via Menvi-discuss
> *Sent:* Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:21 AM
> *To:* This is for discussing music and braille literacy
> *Cc:* Carol Sexton
> *Subject:* Re: [Menvi-discuss] Oops--wrong part of Measure 24 for 
> Braille music sign!
>
> Hey I think you are all experts as far as I am concerned because to be 
> quite honest, to tell you the truth, I simply read braille music and 
> there are lots of signs that I am totally unfamiliar with. I guess it 
> is important that I become familiar.
>
> I think the hardest thing for us as blind teachers is to be able to 
> understand the sighted students, to be able to understand how print 
> music notation is laid out. When they do note spellers for example, I 
> simply let them read me their answers and I check their answers by 
> what I have transcribed, Schaum note speller. Do any of you use 
> Schaum. I have used teaching little fingers and the pre a Schaum piano 
> course for eons but what I need to do and especially for adult 
> students, maybe not that it matters so much especially but the thing 
> is, is it really possible to get the pre a books or pre grade books 
> that would be presented in adult fashion if you know what I mean? I 
> know that there are levels one and so on, I copied a list in braille 
> and want to try some of this music that I am not familiar with and I 
> note that there is music for piano duets and maybe even four hands. I 
> know that there are some Kulah sonatinas for four hands and when I get 
> any students that are that advanced, I can learn both parts and then 
> be able to play either part with the student. I would like to find 
> some easy four hand piano pieces that would be at the first grade 
> level so that I could do something with them for fun and play with 
> them and I think playing duets or four hands together can really 
> bolster their confidence don’t you? I am sure that many of you have 
> done this. If you can suggest any books for me like I have described 
> please tell me and thank you.
>
> Carol.
>
> *From:*Eileen Scrivani via Menvi-discuss <mailto:menvi-discuss at menvi.org>
>
> *Sent:*Friday, June 21, 2019 10:48 AM
>
> *To:*This is for discussing music and braille literacy 
> <mailto:menvi-discuss at menvi.org>
>
> *Cc:*Eileen Scrivani <mailto:etscrivani at verizon.net>
>
> *Subject:*Re: [Menvi-discuss] Oops--wrong part of Measure 24 for 
> Braille music sign!
>
> Hi All,
>
> Boy, do I feel dumb!
>
> Several of you told me what the braille symbols were in a measure of 
> Martini Gavotte, and I disputed it when you were correct about it 
> being a down-bow half-note G. Its just when I looked at that bit it 
> did not strike me as the signs I should have known. I think it was the 
> breath mark with dots 345 near the end of the line plus the opening 
> dots of 126 in the down-bow that made me start thinking they were some 
> type of parens or bracketed something or other from previous versions 
> of the code. I also think that if there hadn’t been continuation marks 
> at the end of the line and the measure was written out all in one on a 
> single line it would have clicked more easily for me. Okay, I know I’m 
> making excuses for myself. So sorry for telling the experts they were 
> not correct!
>
> I didn’t have time to write back sooner about this, plus the fact that 
> I felt embarrassed over not knowing some very basic symbols <SHEEPISH 
> GRIN>.
>
> Eileen
>
> *From:*Stephanie Pieck via Menvi-discuss
>
> *Sent:*Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:11 PM
>
> *To:*'This is for discussing music and braille literacy'
>
> *Cc:*Stephanie Pieck
>
> *Subject:*[Menvi-discuss] Oops--wrong part of Measure 24 for Braille 
> music sign!
>
> Hi again,
>
> Sorry; I just found the signs Eileen was asking about. They indicate a 
> down bow on a half note G. Down bow equals dots 126, 12; half note G 
> equals dots 1235 (which is also the literary letter R); and after that 
> is a two-cell sign indicating a breath mark (dots 126, 2).
>
> I apologize for the confusion. Measure 24 of this piece is split 
> between lines, and the measure number at the margin is used for the 
> second half of the measure. I missed the dot 3 following the measure 
> number that would have told me it was a continuation of a measure 
> begun on the previous line.
>
> Stephanie
>
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