Weekend Competition: Composer’s Choice Series

20160204_205923_resizedFriday seems to present itself on an increasingly quicker basis! The weekend competition today features two books by American composer Glenda Austin. They come from the Composer’s Choice series, published by The Willis Music Company. Glenda is in demand as a composer and teacher, and she frequently presents workshops for conventions and teaching organizations all around the world; her music has been published and recorded in the US and Japan.

There is much to enjoy in both volumes of piano music, each containing 8 original compositions; the first is intended for Mid to Late Elementary (Grades 2-4), and the second, for Early to Mid-Intermediate (Grades 5-6). The books include performance notes written by the composer, and contain a whole smorgasbord of Contemporary styles, which will appeal to a wide range of students.

As usual, just leave your comment in the comment box at the end of this post, and I will pick two winners on Sunday evening (British time). Good luck!

Alternatively, you can purchase these volumes by clicking here.


My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious 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.


Friday Competition and Workshop by Pamela Wedgwood

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The weekend competition today features a volume by one of the most popular Contemporary pedagogical piano composers, Pamela Wedgwood. Pamela has written a substantial amount of piano music at all different levels, with many pieces included in various exam board syllabus’ and festival classes across the world. Those familiar with her style will know Jazzin’ About and Up-Grade! as well as the After Hours series.

My competition prize is a copy of Pamela’s On My Travels from the After Hours series, which was published earlier this year by Faber Music.  It’s intended for those of around Grades 6-8 or intermediate to advanced level, and was inspired by people and places visited by the composer. The collection consists of evocative titles such as Thetis Island, Chez Kate, The Spirit of Pohutukawa and Abel Tasman, and each piece provides plenty of melodic and harmonic interest for pianists.

To win this copy, please leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post and I’ll select the winner on Sunday evening (British time).

Pamela Wedgwood will be giving a workshop (and adjudicating the EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) composer’s competition) on Saturday November 7th which is being held at Monkton Combe Senior School, Bath, BA2 7HG, UK. This will be a wonderful opportunity for all budding composers. Presented by EPTA UK, the workshop is free to attend, and there are still a few places left for both participants and observers.

You can purchase your copy of On My Travels, here.


My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious 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.


 

Friday competition: back by popular demand!

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Last week’s Friday competition featured Lucinda Mackworth -Young’s new book, Piano by ear, which is designed to help pianists learn to improvise and accompany songs. The competition proved extremely popular, and many of you asked for another chance to win this useful book. Your wish is my command! Faber have very kindly provided a second book, so for chance to win this volume, please leave a suitable comment in the comment box at the end of this post, and I will select a winner on Sunday evening (British time). Good luck!

You can read more about this book here.

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My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious 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.


 

Friday Competition: Improve Your Theory! Grades 3, 4, & 5

20150705_083625This is the second competition featuring Faber Music’s Improve Your Theory! books, written by expert educator Paul Harris. I know many of you enjoy these competitions, and If you recently entered for the Grades 1 & 2 competition, you’ll be pleased to hear this weekend you have a chance to win Grades 3, 4 & 5; three books for three lucky winners!

These volumes are designed to prepare students for theory exams (such as those by the ABRSM) and provide a wealth of information on all aspects of theory. They are useful additions to any music library.

To take part, just leave a suitable comment in the comment box at the end of this post and I will select the winners on Sunday evening (British time). Good luck!

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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.


Friday Competition: Improve Your Theory!

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A Friday often denotes a competition here on my blog, and today is no exception! There are two prizes, and therefore two lucky winners. You will probably be aware of Paul Harris’ very popular series, Improve Your Theory! At present, there are five books in this series (Grades 1 – 5), and they have all appeared in my monthly recommendations.

I have a copy of Grades 1 and 2 to give away. Published by Faber Music, Improve Your Theory! is designed to provide practical help and assistance to all those who desire a straightforward method to study the theory of music. The books are beautifully laid out and are based on Paul’s Simultaneous Learning ideology. You can  purchase them here. If you’re not familiar with these books, this is the perfect opportunity to explore what they have to offer.

As always, leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post to be in with a chance of winning, and I will announce the winners on Sunday evening (British time).


My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious 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.


 

Friday Freebie and Competition!

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Today’s competition offers the chance to win a signed copy of Digressions. If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know I often hold competitions and I’ve blogged about my new pieces a fair amount already! If you would like to know even more about them you can click here.

Digressions consist of 5 short piano pieces intended for pianists of intermediate level (around Grades 4-6 ABRSM), and they are designed to offer something different for those seeking alternatives to the usual jazzy idioms prevalent in Contemporary educational piano music.

To take part in the competition, just leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post and I will select a winner on Sunday (June 14th) evening (around 8pm British time). You can hear each piece by clicking on the links below:

Chasing

Moving On

Karma

Musing

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My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious 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.