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Learning Strategies for Musical Success 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.

 

"A truly masterful book. Especially impressive is the manner in which he offers a wealth of practicing strategies, all supported by evidence that makes clear why these strategies will be effective. He has done extensive research in many areas and has found ways of organizing and presenting his findings in a clear and cogent manner. As I was reading, I found myself nodding in agreement and underlining copiously throughout. This book is a must read for all teachers and students. Bravo!" – Paul Sheftel - Julliard.  More reviews.

 

"This book really does deliver...a great resource on a piano pedagogy list...wonderful support for the teacher." - Dr L. Scott Donald for American Music Teacher.

 

Modern Harmony Method

 

This clear and well organised text is suitable for students of arranging and composition, and for classically trained musicians wishing to further grasp the simple logic of jazz harmony.  

Essential understandings: Triad structures and inversions, How to select chords; chord symbols, Simple but effective voicing formulae, The circle of 4th progressions, Extensions to the 9ths and dominant 13ths, and altered 5ths and 9ths. 

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.

 

Table of Contents.  "This book certainly delivers. Mr. Griffin does a superb job giving clear and concise steps that students should take when approaching the task of harmonizing a melody. The book is laid out in a clean, easy-to-understand format. Mr. Griffin has developed a book that would be a great resource for any music teacher or student interested in understanding and implementing more complex theory/harmony concepts." – Natalie Wickham, Music Matters, USA. 

 

What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn’t Tiger Woods “choke”? Why are the best figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has one small street in Reading produced more top table tennis players than the rest of the country put together.

Two-time Olympian and sports writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the latest in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband – and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters. Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics.

Looking at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people really are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a must-read for the hardened sports nut or brand new convert.

"Teaching from the Balance Point contains a masterful interpretation of all aspects of the Suzuki Method from philosophy to technique. Edward Kreitman exhibits the Suzuki philosophy in his presentation of these materials using a clear, articulate and "user friendly" approach. This book is wothout a doubt the most logical and comprehensive treasure the Suzuki community has received thus far. Ideas that have been repeated from one generation to another suddenly takes on lives of their own with "aha" moments happening in each paragraph. Kreitman has provided an invaluable text for all followers of the Suzuki method. I thank Ed for creating this work which has become the main text for my graduate Suzuki pedagogy class."

Teri Einfeldt, Past Chair of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, SAA Registered Teacher Trainer, Chair of the Suzuki Department at the Hartt School Community Division

Helping Parents practice: Ideas for Making it Easier is a response to the most common concerns of parents who practice a musical instrument with their children.

 

- Why won't my child listen to me when I give the exact same directions the teacher gave?

 

- How do I know that my son has the interest and discipline to continue?

- Should we switch to a different instrument?

- Does my daughter need a more challenging piece?

- Should we switch teachers? Get a different instrument?

 

- How can I get my child to play from the heart - loosen up and play with more freedom and expression? When do they start to feel it?

 

- My daughter is the Bulldozer Queen - why does she act as though she can't wait to be finished - doesn't she enjoy playing?

 

- Can you recommend some games to make practice more fun?

 

Now in a new translation, this book is legendary pedagogue Shin'ichi Suzuki's exploration of the concepts of his Talent Education philosophy through a personal narrative of discovery and experiences. Taken from the original Japanese directly into English, this new work provides fascinating insight into the mind of the master. Both the original Nurtured by Love and Nurtured by Love Revised Edition are a must for any teacher, player, or devotee of Dr. Suzuki's teachings, and promise to inspire new generations.

"If this book becomes a light of hope for mothers who love their children and wish for them to grow up wonderfully, I could not be happier." Dr Sinichi Suzuki

 

The fate of a child is in the habds of his parents.

 

The foundation of education is to carefully raise children with the ability to be fine human beings without being hindered by their individual characteristics.

 

The resposibility for education is in the home.

 

Advanced abilities can be nurtured in any child.

 

Even a Mozart had the possibility of becoming tone deaf depending upon the way he was raised.

 

Shinichi Suzuki

"This is an immensely valuable book and one which is clearly designed to appeal to all musicians—not just string players...Mr. Blum has captured in great detail the little things that so often make a great teacher. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Art of Interpretation."—Music Teacher

"The volume belongs to an exceptional class of literature: it is to be welcomed as a significant contribution. In his Forward, Antony Hopkins in a most eloquent way makes us fully aware of our possible great loss had the subject material forming this book not been preserved for posterity...throughout the book one remains not only an absorbed reader, but very much an active participant."—Violoncello Society Newsletter

"Now we have an authoritative guide to this great artist's approach to interpretation...a book which should be compulsory reading for every player, conductor and teacher."—
Music Journal of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

"Blum has elegantly combined precise music terminology with meticulous music examples to present lucid and revealing details of interpretation that can be quickly and easily grasped. Only superlatives apply to this book, and all serious musicians would find immense pleasure and musical profit from reading this work. Highly recommended at all levels."—Choice

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