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  • #87464
    kay-lister
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    What is a good book of music for a girl (14yrs old) who is at an upper beginner/low intermediate level.

    #87465

    I would think Sam Milligan’s Medieval to Modern Book 2, OR Danses pour le dauphine would be good choices.

    #87466
    kay-lister
    Member

    You know – it’s disappointing to see that only one person responded to this quest for information (Thanks June).

    #87467
    barbara-brundage
    Participant

    Hey, Kay, be fair. I didn’t respond because i couldn’t possibly answer this question without more information: what’s she playing now, what kind of music does she like? Where does she want to go with this?

    It’s not like there’s a generic book that comes Clunk! out of the slot for this question (although I think both of Briggs’s suggestions were excellent).

    #87468
    kay-lister
    Member

    Sorry – rough evening that seems to have extended into my morning.

    #87469

    Kay, have you tried any of the Andres books with her? Automates has some very nice things — some of which aren’t that simple and will push her.

    #87470
    barbara-brundage
    Participant

    >had several pieces memorized perfectly

    Can you give us some examples?

    #87471
    kay-lister
    Member

    Barbara – I will have the names for you tomorrow. Briggsie – good idea, I have several Andres books that might interest her.

    #87472
    carl-swanson
    Participant

    Kay- I don’t have any specific suggestions for you because I almost never teach that level anymore. But I do want to make a few suggestions. If the girl is doing it for her enjoyment, then be very sensitive to her likes and dislikes. When it’s time to assign a new piece, give her a choice of two or three different pieces at the same level. The one she likes is the one she will work hardest on. Also, keep the pieces short, like one or two pages. There’s a greater sense of accomplishment that way. And keep an eye on possible performance opportunities for the pieces you assign. Student recitals, church, etc. That will give here goals to work towards and a greater motivation to finish the piece she starts. And one more thing. Don’t ever be afraid to withdraw a piece you assigned her if it’s not going well. I’ve got a very good student at the moment and assigned him the First Arabesque of Debussy a couple of months ago. After 3 lessons on it, he told me that he just didn’t like the piece and could we do something else. I pulled out the Tournier Theme and Variations, which is quite a long piece(15 pages I think). He loved it and we’re almost finished with it. He memorized the whole thing and has all but the last two or three pages at performance level now. It’s not worth flogging a dead horse.

    #87473
    kay-lister
    Member

    Thanks Carl,

    #87474

    I have just recently had a book of pieces published that is good for intermediate to advanced harpists, and all the pieces work on both lever and pedal harp. All the original pieces are melodic and accessible to listen to, and there are arrangements of Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair, Sleepers Awake, and the Flower Duet from Lakme. Six of the pieces will be in the new Royal Conservatory Syllabus. I’ve had really good feedback already from those harpists and teachers who have bought it. It’s available from http://www.theavondalepress.com.

    #87475
    kay-lister
    Member

    Barbara – Was not able to get hold of my student last night so I will get back with you on the names of those pieces.

    Thanks to others for your input.

    Kay

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