Learning Strategies for Musical Success (2nd edition) demonstrates how the quantity and quality of practice is the greatest predictor of musical success, so that aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities can best bring about expert performance.
This inspiring, accessible guide will equip students, teachers, and parents with the methods and mindset to improve the likelihood of learning music successfully.
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Bumblebee! Rounds & Warm-ups for Choirs.
More than just a collection of 130 choir exercises. Timeless wisdom to help you get your choir into shape.
“An excellent publication, fun and varied. I have many different books with warm ups, but this is definitely my favourite.” – Sandra, UK
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Developing Musical Skill – for Students is a student guide for improving the quality of musical practice.
An original medley of timeless wisdom, evidence-based strategies and encouragement, Developing Musical Skill offers invaluable insight on the essentials of reaching musical excellence that are within anyone’s grasp if they possess the correct perspective and the correct way to practice.
Developing Musical Skill is guided by the philosophy that achievement in music, and indeed most other pursuits, is largely a result of intrinsic belief mindsets coupled with the quantity and quality of practice. By creating the optimal circumstances to retain and further accomplishment, any student can further their skills and abilities dramatically.
“A really great book! Well organized, clear and concise. I will be recommending it to my students.” – David Coleman, OHIO USA
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Modern Harmony Method: Fundamentals of Jazz and Popular Harmony is a clear and well organised text is suitable for students of harmony, arranging and composition, and for classically trained musicians wishing to further grasp the simple logic of jazz harmony.
Included in the 116 pages are comprehensive explanations, examples, exercises, and solutions. For school students, the course can be started in year 9 and worked through to year 13. The exercises and solutions are available separately as Sibelius files.
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Children and Learning provides guidance on how to support children’s education and all-round development. It includes clear explanations on the most effective and important strategies for cultivating self-determined, life-long learners.
Parents are disadvantaged in that they are mostly unaware of the teaching expertise of those in charge of their children’s education. This book concentrates on a few select fundamentals for reaching success. Essentially, this entails a can-do mindset, an understanding of the mechanics of how learning occurs – and the time it takes, and the development of character traits such as commitment and perseverance. Amazon.
The Music and Keyboard series is for KS3 general music classes. Students work at their own pace through the exercises, and more skilled students are involved in assessing others. This is both fun and motivational. The course is not intended to be a full music course, but supplements singing, Orff and other parts of a rounded music curriculum. Given that the course can be continued over 2 or even 3 years, it is ideal that students have their own book. Bulk purchases attract a considerably reduced price (return email for this option)
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Developing Musical Skill – a presentation to music students, parents and teachers about how to practice.
It’s a simple connection but a powerful one. The internal drive required to pursue an activity relies heavily on the greatest of all motivators – making progress. For musical progress, nothing is as important as the quality and the quantity of practice time. This inspiring interactive, differentiated presentation will equip students, teachers, adult learners, and parents with the methods and mindset required to maximise the prospect of learning music enjoyably and successfully. Content and concepts include repetition (blocked, variable and spaced, brain myelination) chunking (the brain looks to recognise patterns, why theory matters, short-term memory considerations) slow practice (the brain’s learning preference) the quantity of experts (Ericsson’s violinists), and of course the core importance of cultivating a growth mindset.