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Beginner

Beginner is suitable for 7 to 9 year-old students who are in their first year of piano or instrumental tuition. It contains theory exercises presented with lots of pictures and quizzes, and six orchestral instruments are introduced.

Elementary

Elementary is for students in their second year and follows a format similar to Beginners. The Elementary book has been found very useful by some secondary schools for students who must do music in their first year but have not previously had any musical experience.

Preliminary

Preliminary is for students studying the A.N.Z.C.A. theory syllabus but is also very useful as a forerunner to Grade 1 A.M.E.B. & A.N.Z.C.A.   It presents all new information in an easy to understand format and has a test paper following each new topic. ALL parts of the syllabus are being revised constantly.
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Grades 1,2,3 & 4

Grades 1, 2,3 & 4 are available for both A.M.E.B. & A.N.Z.C.A. theory syllabi. Each topic is covered in a chapter, followed by a Test Paper. These comprehensive test papers constantly revise ALL material covered - not just the previous chapter.

Student's Note Book (for Students)

"THE TEACHERS' FRIEND" A student’s music note book containing 39 weeks which is an invaluable aid for busy teachers. As well as a page for each week of the teaching year, there are pages on: "How to Play the Perfect Scale", "How to Practice", "Advice to Parents", charts for the current grade's scales, and the names of exam, eisteddfod, recital and memorised pieces. Teachers can keep track of each student's work without having a phenomenal memory! The Teaching Pack, Flashcards and "The Six Cs" all complement this very useful publication.

The Amazing Scale Book

The Amazing Scale Book has proved a winner! I believe in learning by logic, not rote or guesswork. The first part of the book is for younger students and introduces them to the Major and Minor Houses. Once a child understands the pattern, he or she can work out any scale with the greatest of ease. All scales - major, harmonic minor, melodic minor, contrary motion and arpeggios are presented in a pictorial form - on the keyboard, with fingering.

The Six Cs

This innovative 44 page book for use by the Teacher helps students to develop note and sight reading skills. Children need to understand that reading music by intervals is far quicker than reading note names - provided the starting note is known. When this is put into practice, sight reading is greatly facilitated. Reading by note names is akin to spelling a word before saying it. This does not mean that students should not learn their notes! It can be used as soon as the student starts reading notes on the staff and should be completed by the end of the third of fourth year. Teachers at the Horsham Music Academy have used The Six Cs for many years and it is frequently the most popular part of the lesson, especially when a perfect score wins a sticker.

Test for Young Pianists 2 sample pages

Tests for Young Pianists is for the teacher to use during the first three years. You know what it's like. The child comes to the lesson, you have a brief chat, do exercises, lesson book and recital pieces, and before you know it, the 30 minutes are up. One week the child does Sight Reading, Music Meanings and Note Recognition. Alternate weeks are Rhythm Clapping (whilst counting aloud!), Sight Singing and Ear Training. All these areas are so important in a student's musical development but it's all too easy not to get around to them. Because everything is in one book for the first three years, you can find it quickly, it takes about 3 minutes of the lesson, the child has fun and the benefits are huge. Each year has 36 weeks, with a week to an A4 page. All children have their own Flashcard sets which are a vital part of the meanings and notes tests.

Teaching Packs for AMEB & ANZCA

There are three sets of sheets. One has a scale chart for each grade - printed on white paper ready to photocopy for each student. The chart shows all technical work to be learned. The second set is also on white paper, ready to photocopy, and has all the scales, broken chords and triads set out for each grade. The scales are written with fingering and accidentals. The third set consists of coloured scale card sheets (a different colour for each grade) containing scales in random order which can be used for weekly testing. There are 12 different cards for each grade from Preliminary to Grade 2, and 8 different cards for Grades 3 to 7. It is a good idea to laminate them and one sheet is done as an example.

Composers' Time Chart

This is a chart of composers, inventions and our changing world - from 1600 until the present. Each student has a cardboard chart (84cms. long x 29cms. deep, which folds up to one A4 page size.) Ideally, it can be glued inside the back cover of Grade 1 Theory Can Be Fun as it is well suited to this age group. However, it makes an excellent study course for older students as the topics can be covered in greater depth. Home schoolers have found it a very useful aid.

Key Signature Cards

There are four A4 sheets printed on thick cardboard with 6 cards to a sheet. The answers are printed on the back.

Flashcards

There are 130 cards on thick cardboard. 40 notes on white, 48 pink meanings, 12 yellow rhythm cards, 30 green cards with intervals, steps & skips etc. All have answers on the reverse side.
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It is progressively filled in over a 36 week period. Each week an invention or important happening is presented and drawn on the chart. A composer and his or her music of that era is also introduced, with suggested listening included. There are also references to famous artists and their paintings and instruments invented or developed during those 400 years. Maps are included for students to colour the appropriate countries. Each of the four main musical eras - Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary takes a term to complete.
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