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Introducing The Ultimate Easy Piano Songlist

The Ultimate Easy Piano Songlist brings together 45 top-selling songs all in one book, arranged for easy piano with lyrics and chords. With songs from David Bowie, Radiohead, Nat King Cole and more. Read more

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The Faber Music Piano Anthology

Faber Music is delighted to publish The Faber Music Piano Anthology, a beautiful collection of core repertoire from the great composers, presented as a stunning hardback book. Read more

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Jamie Cullum's Interlude out now!

Released on the 19th November, Faber Music is delighted to introduce the artist approved, matching songbook to Jamie Cullum’s latest album Interlude featuring all songs from the album transcribed for piano and voice. Read more

The Virtuoso Teacher

The Virtuoso Teacher

Paul Harris' most recent publication, The Virtuoso Teacher has been positively received by critics and customers alike since its launch back in March. Read more

'Mary's Music Cupboard' Launches

'Mary's Music Cupboard' Launches

Mary's Music Cupboard is a website which celebrates the wonderful collection of music compositions and teaching methods by internationally renowned string specialist Mary Cohen. Read more

Drumming Masterclass with Noam Lederman

Drumming Masterclass with Noam Lederman

Noam Lederman’s Drumming Styles covers beats created by some of the greatest drummers of all time. Practise drum beats from blues and jazz classics, dance and pop hits, rock and metal anthems and loads more in between! Read more

Pianofforte Magazine Summer 2010

Pianofforte Magazine Summer 2010

In this third issue of Faber Music’s magazine for piano teachers, John Kember talks about how he approached his new Pop Piano Player books, Elissa Milne gives us an insight into her day, and Pam Wedgwood sends a postcard from New Zealand. Read more

Simply Series Expands

Simply Series Expands

The Simply Series has some new additions – the Simply Film and Simply Jazz Collections provide excellent supplementary repertoire material appropriate for specific grades. Read more

Jamie Jazzes Up Lessons

Jamie Jazzes Up Lessons

How would your pupils like to play the piano like Jamie Cullum? Now they can learn from Jamie himself throughout these six lessons on his most popular songs, discovering the secrets of his technique and style. Read more

PianoWorld Series Expands with Exciting New Books from Joanna MacGregor

PianoWorld Series Expands with Exciting New Books from Joanna MacGregor

To complement the tutors there are now two repertoire books added to the series. Beautifully and imaginatively written, the progressive pieces in Exploring the Piano Repertoire Book and The Great Piano Voyage Repertoire Book reinforce many essential techniques for young pianists such as phrasing and dynamics, increasing range and playing in different keys, new hand positions, slurred couplets and using the black keys. Read more

A New Look for Improve!

A New Look for Improve!

The ABRSM sight-reading syllabus for piano was completely revised in January 2009. To help students prepare for these new exams, brand new editions of the complete Improve your sight-reading have now been published, with separate workbooks for each of the grades 1-8. They’ve been devised to support the new criteria at every stage with hundreds of brand new practice tests, guaranteeing sight reading success in every exam! Read more

Guitar Basics: New Tutor Now Available

Guitar Basics: New Tutor Now Available

Guitar Basics is a landmark method for young guitarists. It starts at absolute beginner level and progresses to Initial/Preparatory Grade. The method is set out in fifteen stages and contains original pieces and traditional tunes in an array of styles including classical, folk and world music as well as well-known favourite film and TV themes such as James Bond, Batman and The Flintstones. There is a thorough introduction to standard notation, with sections on chords and TAB, whilst ensemble Read more

Exciting New Repertoire for Young String Players

Exciting New Repertoire for Young String Players

It’s always difficult to find suitable repertoire which will allow you to be flexible with groups containing players of differing abilities and instruments. Look no further! Stringpops are flexible arrangements of pieces for young string players: perfect for concerts or just for fun! Beautifully arranged by Peter Wilson, they are scored for violin, optional viola, cello and double bass (all up to approximately grade 2 standard), plus additional open-string parts so that beginners can be included Read more

Ann Bryant Joins Liverpool Capital of Culture Celebrations

Ann Bryant Joins Liverpool Capital of Culture Celebrations

Myth, Magic and Minibeasts is the intriguing title for an exciting day of children’s concerts taking place in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on June 10th. Tying in with both the National Year of Reading and Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture 2008 status, the project aims to introduce both literacy and classical music to 2500 local children of Key Stage 1 age. The concerts will be based on the Introducing Classical Music Through Stories book and CD series by children’s author, musician an Read more

Christmas is Coming...Take a Break from Your Studies and Play Along

Christmas is Coming...Take a Break from Your Studies and Play Along

It’s nearly the end of term, and with Christmas concerts approaching and exams nearly out of the way, many instrumentalists will want to take a break from their usual studies. Why not explore our fabulous range of playalong books, covering everything from jazz, film and show music to Christmas favourites. Our Play Christmas books will get you in the festive spirit with, but if Christmas is the last thing on your mind why not try our Hollywood, Broadway or Soul books. Unlike many other playalo Read more

Getting Out of the Way (Part 2)

(Continued from 'Getting out of the way' part 1) Starting afresh A flyer was sent to all the children of Years 4 and 5, inviting anyone who was interested to attend a taster session of Violin Club with the four established members. Prospective new members were not put forward by teachers as being especially suitable in any way (in fact, it was quite clear that one child had considerable difficulties with basic literacy skills). The children had all applied to join Violin Club because they ha Read more

Getting Out of the Way (Part 1)

‘…give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest'. (John Holt. 'How Children Learn’) Anecdotal evidence suggests that many instrumental teachers use some form of `peer mentoring', particularly in school settings. Yet there have been few attempts to evaluate formally its effectiveness. In 2003 an award from the Bernarr Rainbow Trust enabled Mary Cohen to fulfil a lo Read more

Paul Harris: Teachers Guide to Sight-Reading Free Download

Paul Harris: Teachers Guide to Sight-Reading Free Download

Paul Harris' best-selling Improve your sight-reading! for piano is now published in a new edition. To support this exciting new series, Paul has written a Teacher's guide to sight-reading available free from Faber Music. Download the guide here (3MB) Read more

Serendipity Solos and Spooky Songs

Serendipity Solos and Spooky Songs

To those who know Lin Marsh's work, it will come as no surprise that her songs have been heavily selected on the new ABRSM singing syllabus. Two such collections are Spooky Songs and Serendipity Solos, previously published by Piper Publications. Spooky Songs is a collection of five songs written especially for young voices, with some simple part-singing. As well as 'Something Spooky' (Grade 2) and 'Hallowe'en Witches' (Grade 3) the volume includes 'Lady Dressed in White', 'The Haunted house' Read more

All in the Arrangement

All in the Arrangement

Pam Wedgwood is recognised as one of the most successful composers of popular repertoire for performers young and old. In her 61st year, she is still as prolific as ever – producing several new volumes of original repertoire, not to mention fitting in a cycling trip around India. And with Faber Music’s acquisition of International Music Publications in 2005, bringing access to Warner Chappell and EMI’s vast catalogues of pop and jazz copyrights, Pam is turning her hand more and more to arranging Read more

Teaching Beginners? New book from Paul Harris can help

Teaching Beginners? New book from Paul Harris can help

Teaching beginners is a huge responsibility and challenge, but also reaps enormous rewards. Today there are a host of colourful tutors to choose from – but none tackle how to teach beginners ….. A new book from esteemed music educationalist Paul Harris now helps teachers approach this area of their work with thought, inspiration and success! Energising and inspirational, Teaching Beginners is a “must have” handbook for all instrumental and singing teachers. Distilled from years of the author’ Read more

Discover The Joy of Singing: Workshops

Discover The Joy of Singing: Workshops

Experience the joy of singing first hand! Brenda Rattray has been inspiring specialist and non-specialist teachers, singing leaders, children, young people and adults in workshops since 1983. She is also available as a conference keynote speaker. A workshop can be tailor-made to suit your needs but can cover the following: · Warm-ups (vocal and physical) · Technique and posture · Singing in unison, in parts and in harmonies · Reflecting on some of the songs in the book All are designe Read more

London International Music Show Education Day is 13th June

London International Music Show Education Day is 13th June

Faber Music is pleased to be supporting the London International Music Show in force, with stands at the Unplugged Show, London Guitar Show and Drummer Live. Friday June 13th is a dedicated 'Education Day' offering teachers an unmissable opportunity to see over 300 exhibitors, catch up on all the latest music education resources and take advantage of some exclusive special offers. Great new products - Make sure you’re up to date Faber Music’s educational catalogue caters for teachers and Read more

Faber Songbooks Feature in New ABRSM Singing Syllabus

Faber Songbooks Feature in New ABRSM Singing Syllabus

Faber Music's vocal publishing programme has been endorsed by extensive selection on the ABRSM's new Singing syllabus for 2009. The new singing syllabus, published in July 2008, has been revised and expanded with the addition of some 400 new titles. We are delighted that The Language of Song (winner of MIA 'Best Educational Publication' Award 2007) by Heidi Pegler and Nicola-Jane Kemp features at all 8 grades. And several songs from Lin Marsh's highly popular Songscape series have also been Read more

Ultimate Guitar Tutor - New Addition to the Series

Ultimate Guitar Tutor - New Addition to the Series

The Ultimate Guitar Tutor provides a comprehensive introduction to playing, for today's beginner electric or acoustic guitarists. Published in Autumn 2007, it proved an instant hit with budding guitarists and their teachers alike, and we are pleased to announce that a supporting repertoire book is now available. Just like the tutor itself, Playlist is packed with classic pop and rock songs from legendary artists such as Radiohead, The Kinks, R.E.M., Eagles, Green Day, Nirvana and Arctic Monke Read more

It's Never Too Late to Play...Christmas

It's Never Too Late to Play...Christmas

As follow up to the recent new edition of Pam Wedgwood's Piano tutor It's Never Too Late to Play Piano Faber music have published It's Never Too Late to Play Christmas, a fun collection of fifteen piano solos with an additional duet arrangement of Winter Wonderland to add to the festive fun. Read more

Joanna MacGregor Spells Innovation

Joanna MacGregor Spells Innovation

Joanna MacGregor is widely thought of as one of the most innovative and wide-ranging of today’s pianists, and divides her time between playing classical, jazz and contemporary music. She has performed in over forty countries, and has recently given recitals and concerto performances in both eastern and western Europe, the Far East, Australia and the USA. Joanna’s innovative and eclectic style is reflected in PianoWorld, a unique piano method, whose first volumes were published to great accla Read more

Welcome to Pam Wedgwood’s RecorderWorld

Welcome to Pam Wedgwood’s RecorderWorld

Pam Wedgwood is best known for her acclaimed series Jazzin' About, Up-Grade! and It's Never Too Late to Play Piano. However, many people do not know that the composer, private instrumental teacher and performer also has many years experience of classroom teaching at Key stage 1 and 2, as Director of Music in a junior school. It was whilst teaching at her local Surrey school in the 1990s, that Pam first hit upon the idea of writing a recorder tutor. Read more

Paul Harris Inspires

Paul Harris Inspires

‘So many useful ideas’; ‘what a rewarding morning’; ‘very practical’ – the hall was abuzz with enthusiasm at a recent workshop led by Paul Harris. It began with sessions on practice, sight-reading, scales and aural, and went on to include some simple group improvisations. Read more

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Faber Music is delighted to announce that composer Kenneth Hesketh’s colourful work for brass band The Alchymist’s Journal has been selected by the Music Panel of Kapitol Music Promotions as a test piece for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain (First Section). Read more

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