Teaching Resources

Are You Bored Enough to Practice?

By Joanne Burrows

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20 solo piano pieces for Intermediate to Advanced Grades - Grades 4-6.

Each piece offers a number of technical challenges to assist students with classical and modern repertoire.
Each work may be used in a number of different ways to suit student development. For example:
Studies to work on and develop the student skills and musicianship
Quick Learn Pieces- learn and memorise one each week
Sight Reading Exercises
Performance Pieces

Grade 4: Dissonance Delight; Showing Off; Bored Enough Blues.
Grade 5: Funk Hole; Attitude Adjustment; Wasting Time Waltz; Funky Rumba Blues
Grade 6: Pentatonic Procrastination; Tarantella Tantrum; White Heather
Composed 2015

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ISMN 9790720151700
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Australian Women Composers' Piano Anthology

By Various Composers

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Grades 4 - Dip. 
15 piano works by Wirripang-published, Australian Women Composers 2014.  
Especially written and selected for this album as edited by Katie Zhukov and it includes a CD of each work recorded by Katie Zhukov.  
The aim of this new Australian Women Composers’ Piano Anthology is to provide a platform for both established as well as the emerging female composers. The new repertoire is written in a variety of styles (Classical, Romantic, 20h century and contemporary), and is suitable for intermediate-to-advanced students. 

1.    The Adventurous Platypus (Jenny Lee-Robins)  Grade 4, c.1'15
2.    Farewell (Jennifer Trynes) Grade 4, c.2'15
3.    Reflections in the Still Water (Barbara Durham) Grade 5, c.3'05
4.    Aslant a Brook (May Howlett) Grade 5, c.3'15
5.    Section 32 (Yvonne Barton-Leach) Grade 5, c.3'30
6.    Red Sky at Dawn (Joanne Burrows) Grade 6, c.3'50
7.    Raindrops (Carolyn Morris) Grade 6, c.3'25
8.    Triptych 3rd Movement (Christina Green) Grade 7, c1'20
9.    Soliloquy (Jocelyn E Kotchie) Grade 7, c.6'00
10.  Remnant (Nicole Murphy) Grade 8, c.3'25
11.  The Seduction of Andalucia (Amanda Handel) Grade 8, 4'10
12.  Retro Rag (Ann Carr-Boyd) Dip., c.5'45
13.  The Night Ship (Diana Blom) Dip., c.4'55
14.  Anywhere (Jane Hammond) Dip., c.5'10
15.  Music from a Quiet Place (Betty Beath) Dip, c.5'30

ISMN 979072051601

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The Adventurous Platypus - sheet music and audio

Farewell - sheet music and audio

Reflections in the Still Water - sheet music and audio

Aslant a Brook - sheet music and audio

Section 32 - sheet music and audio

Red Sky at Dawn- sheet music and audio

Raindrops - sheet music and audio

Triptych 3rd Movement - sheet music and audio

Soliloquy  - sheet music and audio

Remnant - sheet music and audio

The Seduction of Andalucia - sheet music and audio

Retro Rag - sheet music and audio

The Night Ship - sheet music and audio

Anywhere - sheet music and audio

Music from a Quiet Place - sheet music and audio

 

 

Century Volume I

By Larry Sitsky

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A set of 47 piano pieces for beginners. 

The order of pieces is there not just for progression of difficulty, but for variety, challenge, inspiration as well. At one stage, the composer did sit down with one or more teachers and arrived at a purely subjective grading for each piece. As the composer claims, it will always be contentious, but at least indicates roughly the intent behind the ordering of the collection. Volume I includes mostly pieces for Prep - Level I.  See Volume II.
Composed 1990

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Century Volume II

By Larry Sitsky

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A set of 52 piano pieces for intermediate grades, the second in the set of three volumes. 

These volumes address a serious artistic repertoire for beginning players, not just classical repertoire simplified. The only main-stream composer who has taken on such a task was Bartok with his MIKROKOSMOS, which gave the young pianist serious repertoire as well as drawing heavily on the folk-music sources which were close to Bartok's heart and compositional world. The order of pieces included is not just for progression of difficulty, but for variety, challenge, inspiration as well. As the composer claims that this will always be contentious, it at least indicates roughly the intent behind the ordering of the collection.  Volume two includes mostly pieces for Levels 1 to 4. (55 pieces in Volume II mainly - Levels 2/3- 5)
Composed 1990

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Century Volume III

By Larry Sitsky

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A set of 55 piano pieces for advanced grades, the third in the set of three volumes. 

These volumes address a serious artistic repertoire for beginning players, not just classical repertoire simplified. The only main-stream composer who has taken on such a task was Bartok with his MIKROKOSMOS, which gave the young pianist serious repertoire as well as drawing heavily on the folk-music sources which were close to Bartok's heart and compositional world. The order of pieces included is not just for progression of difficulty, but for variety, challenge, inspiration as well. As the composer claims that this will always be contentious, it at least indicates roughly the intent behind the ordering of the collection.  Volume III includes mostly pieces for Levels 3/4 to 8/AMusA.
Composed 1990

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Making My Own Music

By Joanne Burrows

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61 exercises in this collection for easy keyboard improvisation.

A resource book for practicing chords, fillers and improvisation using chord charts.  It is a wonderful thing to be able to sit at the piano and make music. Improvising is like writing a letter or short story. Everyone can improvise, so encourage students not to be afraid to try and focus on enjoying the process rather than the product. Improvising is not about finding the next Bach, Mozart or Oscar Peterson, it is about freedom to make music. Remind students that simple is great and their ideas have merit. 

Making My Own Music provides a simple step-by-step process with suggested activities for the teacher and student to use to develop improvisation skills. The material can be used in the sequence given, or as the teacher and student choose. The exercises and repertoire in the book have been used very successfully with students of all ages from the very young to adult. For younger students with small hands make adaptations to the given ideas, for example: use two note chords instead of three.

The preface outlines the many ways the examples may be used and re-used as new skills are acquired. The unexpected of adding improvisation to each lesson and weekly practice at home significantly increases student motivation to play each day. Once students are at the piano, improvising and creating, it seems the scales, studies and pieces are practiced as well.  
Compiled 2014

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Miriam Hyde Piano - album

By Miriam Hyde

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Miriam Hyde Piano Volume II - album

By Miriam Hyde

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A special collection of 16 pieces for solo piano for grades 7/8
All works are available as individual purchases online. 

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ISMN 9790720133799
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Miriam Hyde Piano Volume III - album

By Miriam Hyde

Regular price $75.00 Sale

One of two special collections of pieces for solo piano for Diploma levels.
All works are available as individual purchases online. 

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ISMN 9790720172446
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Miriam Hyde Piano Volume IV - album

By Miriam Hyde

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One of two special collections of pieces for solo piano for Diploma levels.
All works are available as individual purchases online

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 ISMN 9790720172453 
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Preliminary Grade Piano Technique

By Lorna Menzies-wall

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There may be several reasons why we wish to play the piano – to have fun, to give pleasure to others, or to show what we can do.  As we grow older, we realise the importance of paying due regard to the intentions of the composer, and the creation of the most beautiful TONE or the most appropriate effects by the control of TOUCH.  This is often called TECHNIQUE.
Our goal should always be to achieve the ultimate effect with least effort.  The cultivation of certain basic skills cannot begin too soon.  Following are some simple exercises which will make the playing of the earliest pieces most effective.  They cover:  
    Finger control and legato touch
    A balanced arm and staccato
    Thumb preparation for scales
    Two hand coordination for mixed touch
    Balanced tone between two hands
    Phrasing action in a two note slur
    Mixed touch in the fingers of one hand
    Balanced tone in the fingers of one hand – voicing.

 

Created 2015

ISMN 9790720151281

Selected Australian Piano Works (ANZCA) 2009-2010

By Australian Composers

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28 Selected Australian piano works on the 2009-2010 ANZCA piano syllabus in one album. Grades 2- L.Perf. Dip. 122 pages.
Grade 2
1.  Boogie Man Jack (from Jazamatazz album) - Jocelyn Kotchie
2.  Dragon's Lair (from Magical Mystical album) - Jocelyn Kotchie
3.  Boppy Bagatelle (from A Pinch of This .. A Dash of That album) Jocelyn Kotchie
4.  Meandering Mazurka  (from A Pinch of This .. A Dash of That album)
 Grade 3
5.  Jazzamatazz (from Jazamatazz album) - Jocelyn Kotchie
6.  Blacksmith's Anvil  (from Magical Mystical album) - J. Kotchie
7.  Mystic Journey  (from Magical Mystical album)
8.  A Change is Coming (from Music for the Heart and Soul album) - Mark Matthews
9.  Deeper (from Music for the Heart and Soul album)
10.  Thinking of You (from Music for the Heart and Soul album)
Grade 4
11.  Autumn Leaves (from Music for the Heart and Soul album) 
12.  Bitter Sweet (from Music for the Heart and Soul album)
13.  Emily's Etude (from Music for the Heart and Soul album)
Grade 5
14.  Sun Shower (from Piano Music album) - Amanda Handel
15.  Ceann-uidhe - Jocelyn Kotchie
Grade 6
16.  Rag for Razz - Ann Carr-Boyd
17.  Blue Bay (from Piano Music album) - Amanda Handel
18.   Battle of Camlann - Jocelyn Kotchie
19.  The Cycle Race  (from All at Sixes and Sevens) - Paul Paviour
20.  Daybreak - Phillip Wilcher
Grade 7
21.  Grasstree Hill - Ann Carr-Boyd
22.  Tiny Flower (from Piano Music album) - Amanda Handel
23.  Early in Autumn - Horace Keats
24.  Nocturne - Jocelyn Kotchie
25.  Leap Frog  (from All at Sixes and Sevens) - Paul Paviour
Grade 8
26.  Once I was Crazy Now I'm Just Mad - ( from solo piano album) - Frank Millward
Assoc Performer Diploma
27.  Summerhaze - Ann Carr-Boyd
Licentiate Performer Diploma
28.  Wind Chimes - Phillip Wilcher

A CD of most of these works will also accompany the album

Sample sheet music of each of these works, together with many sound extracts, are found with individual listings.

ISMN 9790720093352
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