It is now generally accepted that long before exams are contemplated, beginners should be working on all areas of musical development, not just learning their instrument. In reality, however, teachers have to concentrate on instrumental technique and pieces, with a smattering of sight reading and scales in lessons. Not surprising with so much to cram into a limited time slot!
Getting Started is a ground-breaking new series from the Trinity/Faber joint imprint which aims to solve this problem. Four new books help teachers achieve simultaneous learning in lessons by covering important areas of musical development which are often neglected. Starting at the very easiest level and linking in to pupils’ own playing experience wherever possible, the books are packed with activities which the student completes as part of their practice time at home.
Students’ first experience of aural is often when practice tests are brought out a few weeks before an exam. But how does your pupil get to exam test level? Getting started with aural is a unique introduction to aural skills. From absolute beginner level, students are encouraged to listen to the sounds around them and become more aware of their own pieces. Ultimately they get to write their own aural tests and there are practice tests for Initial up to Grade 3.
Composition is a skill which instrumental teachers often feel least at home teaching, with little or no experience of it themselves. In addition, students’ experience of composing in the classroom is often quite different to composing for their own instrument. Getting Started with Composition is specifically written for instrumentalists and singers, allowing teachers to introduce ideas in the lesson and the student complete them at home. From simple improvisation and basic structures through to writing a musical story and TV theme tune, this book is lots of fun!
Getting Started with Theory is a practical and imaginative introduction to theory. This book is not about theory exams, but is all about making sure pupils’ theory knowledge keeps pace with and supports their playing ability. Looking at the practical aspects of theory, the book introduces key skills in a gradual and fun way and is applied to students’ pieces wherever possible
Good keyboard musicianship skills are incredibly useful for pianists or second study players alike. Getting Started with Keyboard musicianship at last provides a truly easy introduction which players of all levels and ages will welcome! Transposition is made super easy and there is a clear, fun approach to harmony and chords. As well as improving playing and sight reading skills, this book is a gateway into all sorts of different areas such as improvisation, composition and accompanying others.
Packed full of activities, this series forms a brilliant foundation which will help to foster well-rounded musicians – there really is no easier way of Getting Started.
For more information see the Getting Started website (www.fabermusic.com/gettingstarted) which also includes answers to questions in the books where applicable.