Weekend Competition: The Intermediate Pianist

Today’s weekend competition focuses on a new three-book piano course published by Faber Music. The Intermediate Pianist is intended for students and piano teachers tutoring students, from approximately Grades 3 – 5 level. Written by Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond, the course is designed to help students (and teachers) negotiate the intermediate stages of learning, where pupils are often prone to quitting. With this in mind, the books are progressive and roughly graded (Book 1 is equivalent to Grade 3 (ABRSM level), Book 2, Grade 4, and Book 3, to that of Grade 5).

Arranged in chapters, each volume features a collection of attractive pieces (both original (many by composer Heather Hammond) and arrangements), and provides a curriculum for teachers to work through with quick-learn studies, musicianship activities, sight-reading exercises and much theoretical information, helpful for those at this crucial stage.

I have three books to give away to three lucky readers, so please leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this blog post and I will announce the winners on Monday evening (British time). Good luck!

You can find out more about the books here.


My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 level are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.


 

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39 thoughts on “Weekend Competition: The Intermediate Pianist

  1. This is very exciting! New material to encourage students to carry on with their piano. Fabre publications are excellent resources. I can’t wait to see the books and use it ! 🎶🎶🎶

  2. This is very exciting! New material to encourage students to carry on with their piano. Fabre publications are excellent resources. I can’t wait to see the books and use it ! 🎶🎶🎶

  3. I absolutely love Heather Hammonds work (sorry Karen, I’ve not had so much of your books – nothing personal lol just not had them yet) and am currently working through “Cool Piano for Dudes” with my struggling Grade 3 15yo! He passed Grade 3 with a merit however his reading skills are still quite poor and he’s desp to do Grade 5 too? Hard to find the right repertoire for 15yo boy too I find, so these books sounds perfect 🙂

  4. I would absolutely love to have Heather Hammond’s books.I think her great selection of repertoire makes the practise so desirable for the student plus there is a lot of great technique advice.I would benefit so much from them!

  5. Having read a glowing review from Andrew Eales about these books, as well as Melanie’s informative outline,I would love to own them.The content seems so comprehensive that they definitely qualify as stand alone resources, with very attractive repertoire.

  6. I am an adult student. I have been having lessons for 2 years and have achieved intermediate level. I think these books would be a great tool to aid in my self development, working alongside the teachings from my lessons. I think it will add another dimension which will help to keep me motivated.

  7. I like having everything together in one book. Fewer things to have to remember to bring to a lesson. I think students will enjoy playing these.

  8. Just exactly what I’ve been looking for – really exciting to have everything in one place – will be sure to buy these if I don’t win – think my intermediate pupils are going to love them – and greatly benefit from them!

  9. I think these books are a great idea as pupils often struggle between grades 3-5 and these books offer an alternative approach with the some nice material for students to do in between and sling side exam material.

  10. I currently use Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond’s Get Set Piano method with my younger students and love it! So exciting to have their books for intermediate students too! 😀

  11. Thanks Melanie. Sounds like just what I need to help my sight reading. I am a mature student – hoping to take my grade 8 next spring.

  12. I think these books will fill a gap in the market and I like the idea of everything being in one book. I have already purchased book 2 for one of my teenage students and would love to own the other 2 books.

  13. Thanks, Melanie. These books seem to offer a fresh and original approach. Many of my adult students would find them especially helpful, I think, as would some late-starting teenagers.

  14. Most of my pupils are adults 🎹🎼😬 (70%).
    I also have a book addiction and have over 300 piano books 🙄

  15. I like that these books are aimed at Intermediate pianists as sometimes it can be hard to find appropriate pieces for students of this level to play. I also love that this book covers repertoire, concepts and skills all in one.

  16. Having so many graded element in one book is a tremendous source for teachers. I look forward to examining this series.

  17. I’m intrigued. I am always looking for new material for my students and these look like they would fit the bill really well. Thank you for sharing about them.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this! My dream has come true! I’m a new teacher and intermediate students scare me… I have 2 that are almost there now and I’ve been scrambling around the music store looking for ideas. This will be so helpful for me as a teacher and it sounds like it has a lot of great material for helping students become well-rounded. So excited!

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