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Useful Books

Recommended Books for early elementary

Piano

  • Wunderkeys - Andrea & Trevor Dow

         New books being released in 2020.  Currently available for 3 - 5 years (Preschool), 5 - 9 years (Primer and Levels 1A and 1B),  10+ years - teens (Rock Repertoire, Intermediate Pop Studies). 

  • Piano Time

        Ideal for children aged 7+, a series of method books that combine practical music and theory. 

  • Accelerated Piano Adventures - Faber

        Designed for the older beginner, the lesson books are accompanied by theory books and performance books.

  • A Dozen a Day - Edna-Mae Burnham

        Suitable for beginners of all ages. Explores techniques.

 

  • Upgrade! for Piano - Pam Wedgwood (Various levels and styles)

        Excellent books starting from pre-grade 1 onwards. Suitable for all ages.

FOR EXAMS students will need (grade appropriate):  ABRSM pieces, ABRSM scales & arpeggios + Improve your sight-reading! (Paul Harris) 

Violin

  • Fiddle Time Starters + Joggers - Kathy & David Blackwell

       A good introduction to the violin for young children.

  • Abracadabra Violin Book 1 - Peter Davey

          Ideal for adults and older children new to music.

 

  • Upgrade! for Violin - Pam Wedgwood (Various levels to grade 3)

          Lovely pieces between grades. Each piece is designed to ease you towards the next grade. Perfect for all ages. 

  • Young Violinist's Repertoire Books 1 - 3 - edited by Paul de Keyser

          Great introduction to classical music. Well suited to older children and adults.

FOR EXAMS students will need (grade appropriate):  ABRSM pieces, ABRSM scales & arpeggios + Improve your sight-reading! (Paul Harris)

Viola

  • Viola Time Starters + Joggers - Kathy & David Blackwell

         A good introduction to the viola for young children 

 

  • Abracadabra Violin Book 1 - Peter Davey

         Ideal for adults and older children new to music

  • Time Pieces for Viola vol. 1 / More Time Pieces for Viola vol.1 / First Repertoire for Viola

         Great introduction to classical music. Well suited to older children and adults.

  • Solo Time for Viola - Kathy & David Blackwell

         A series of books starting for grade 3+.   A mixture of music from Baroque to Contemporary.

 FOR EXAMS students will need (grade appropriate):  ABRSM pieces, ABRSM scales & arpeggios + Improve your sight-reading! (Paul Harris)

Music Theory - up to ABRSM Grade 5

  • Theory is Fun (grade appropriate) - Maureen Cox

          Great for new starters to music. Ideal for children.

  • AB Guide to Music Theory (pink book) as well as Music Theory in Practice (grade appropriate) - Eric Taylor

          Both books are designed to work together. The AB Guide provides information, the Music Theory in Practice books are the workbooks.  An excellent series for starters up to grade 5 - more suited to the older child and adult.

  • Pass Grade 5 Theory (2018 edition) - Dorothy Dingle

         Takes the learner from start to grade 5, however best understood by those from grade 3.  An excellent choice for teenagers to adults.

FOR EXAMS students can purchase papers for practice (N.B. changes to the syllabus means the most suitable past papers are from Session A of 2018).  

 
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