'The Maze of Methods unpacked’
An exciting day exploring 10 different piano methods from the leading publishers. Andrew Eales will host the day and chair a vibrant discussion about the value of methods with audience and presenters. FREE for all to attend.
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11am Welcome and introduction - Andrew Eales
What is a Method? If there were no "method books” how would you teach a beginner?
What are you therefore looking for in a “method book”?
11.15 Play it again: PIANO - Melanie Spanswick (Schott)
This is the ultimate piano course for adult returners, and this presentation will focus on what the books offer for this student demographic, and how they can be incorporated into piano lessons in order to get the most from this useful series.
11.45 Playing with Colour- Sharon Goodey (Alfred Music)
How much do very young children really understand what is on the page?
Is it necessary for progress in playing to be dependent on progress in note reading?
Are we creating problems for ourselves if we offer an easier method of note reading?
When the honeymoon period of the first few terms is over, is there a common issue that triggers a drop in motivation to practise?
All of these questions were the triggers for several years of research and finally the publication of the Playing With Colour books.
12.15 short break
12.30 Dogs and Birds - Chris and Elza Lusher with 4 year old piano student Ling.
Dogs and Birds is a piano method for 3 to 7 year olds, which provides a solid foundation at the start of a child’s musical journey. The method has a strong focus on continuous singing and is carefully structured to build in all the elements of music making (Ear Training, Rhythm and Pulse, Technique, Reading, Improvisation and Composition) under one umbrella, with the help of Cat, Dog, Egg, Fish, Goose, Ant and Bird. The presentation will include a live demonstration with Ling, who is 4 years old and will have just finished her 18th piano lesson.
1pm The Lang Lang Piano Method & Pam Wedgwood's Piano Basics- Rachel Topham (Faber)
Concert pianist Lang Lang wrote The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today’s students with his passion for the piano. The five progressive books in method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world’s most successful concert pianist.
Pam Wedgwood's Piano Basics series takes students on their first steps to becoming a pianist and well-rounded musician. Packed with plenty of Pam’s toe-tapping, irresistible pieces, there’s no better way to learn the piano!
1.30 lunch break and browse the shop
2.30 Pianoworks series (for the older beginner) and Pauline Hall’s Piano Time series for younger learners - Alan and Jan Bullard (OUP)
Piano Magazine had this to say about Pianoworks: "[The Pianoworks series] incorporates all sorts of music and is presented in an attractive, unpatronising and adult manner. The Bullards have exemplary credentials and I admire the way they have gone about this difficult task."
The award-winning Piano Time is a hugely successful series for all budding pianists, taking young pupils from their very first lesson up to around Grade 3 standard. With a full range of carefully paced and attractive books - teaching and technique books, pieces and duets - Piano Time is an enjoyable way to teach and learn the piano.
3pm John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course & Rockschool brand new Piano Method books – Thomas Lydon and Ollie Winston (Hal Leonard Europe)
Hal Leonard Europe are proud publishers and distributors of thousands of resources for music education, including a broad range of piano methods. John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course is perhaps the best known, and has recently undergone a bit of a makeover. Commissioning Editor for Education, Thomas Lydon, will be giving an overview of this classic piano course. Faber Piano Adventures is well-known to piano teachers, and we’ll be giving an overview on what this method has to offer. Finally, Rockschool, best known for their award-winning contemporary exam syllabus, have recently published a piano method, and the author will be in attendance to introduce it.
3.30 comfort break
3.40pm Open discussion chaired by Andrew Eales with all presenters and audience.
4.30pm Close of the day
With grateful thanks to Schott Music Ltd for their generous support of this event