Sunday, 31 August 2008

Back to School ...

It's that time of year again, and the mad rush to get everything ready for the new school year has begun. This year, the item of choice seems to be conductor's batons - I sold more in one week than I did in 9 months! I have a new range on the website -

Over the summer I have added lots of new items to the site:

  • gig bags/cases for clarinet and flute

  • massively increased selection for voice

  • new section for accordion

  • increased folk music section

  • Trinity Guildhall exam books

  • American Popular Piano

  • increased range of strings and instrumental accessories - more to come on this

So why not check out the site and see what's new?

Friday, 15 August 2008

New Exam Syllabus for 2009 - piano, singing

This summer has been a bit of a double whammy, with both Associated Board and Trinity Guildhall bringing out the new piano exam syllabus for 2009 at the same time.  The website - now contains all the new books and pieces.   CD recordings of the exam pieces are a great way to decide which pieces to choose for the exam, and are a good guide to how a piece of music should be played - these are also on the website.

The Associated Board has also made changes to piano scales and sight-reading - the new books are now on the website.  Do remember that while the 2007/2008 exam pieces can be played for the first set of exams in early 2009, the old scales and sight-reading are no longer valid and you will need the 2009 set.

Discounts on bulk purchases of these books are available for teachers - just put "teacher's pack" into the search engine.

The Associated Board has also given the singing syllabus a makeover, with new sight-reading there as well.  There will be new set of songbooks published soon, but they are currently being printed and are expected to be available in early September.  In the meantime, I am gradually loading all the exam pieces for the singing syllabus on the website.

The Art of Song (Edition Peters songbook) has been revised and republished in line with the new syllabus.  So it's all change for voice!

I try hard to get all the pieces needed for exams for every instrument, but if you ever can't find anything, do drop me a line - - and ask, I can get pretty much anything that's in print.

That's all for now, I will keep the blog updated with the new publications.