Other Books for Sale

Edited 25th May 2017

Stock list for books not published by DoReMi Piano. Prices quoted are RRP but make me an offer! helen@doremipiano.co.uk

Books include Piano Time, Poco Piano, Microjazz, American Popular Piano, Paul Harris and more. Get yourself some bargains and support Reduce Reuse Recycle!

Condition – Never Used unless stated

Tales of a Musical Journey Book 2 £17.99

Poco Piano for Young Children Book 2 £6.95
Poco Piano Sight Reading Book £6.95

Piano Time Book 1 £8.75
Piano Time Book 2 £8.75
Piano Time Pieces Book 1 £8.50 (2 copies in stock)
Piano Time Sports Book 1 £7.95

Get Ready for Chord and Arpeggio Duets Book 1 £5.95

The Classic Piano Course Omnibus Edition £14.99

Microjazz Collection 1 with CD (Christopher Norton) £10.99 (2 copies in stock)

American Popular Piano Repertoire Prep (CD used) £6.99
American Popular Piano Etudes Prep £5.99
American Popular Piano Skills Prep £5.99
American Popular Piano Etudes 1 £6.99
American Popular Piano Skills 1 £6.99
American Popular Piano Etudes 2 £6.99
American Popular Piano Skills 2 £6.99
American Popular Piano Repertoire 3 (CD used) £8.99

Improve Your Aural Grade 1 (1st edition) (CD used) – out of print
Improve Your Scales Grade 1 (1st edition) – out of print
Improve Your Sight Reading Grade 5 £6.99
Improve Your Scales Grade 5 (1st edition) – out of print

Joining the Dots Book 1 £5.75

Winter Elves

winter-elves-imageI am always on the lookout for interesting and topical activities for my students that are also linked to their learning objectives. I have a number of students this winter that have just been introduced to the minor tonality and I wanted a song that would be both seasonal and develop their familiarity and understanding of the tonality.

I love the song Goblins Are Around Tonight (Songs for Singing and Musicianship Training – David and Yuko Vinden) and often use it when introducing the minor tonality. Winter Elves is an adaptation of this with a winter theme. Hopefully it will evoke images of cheeky elves and not sinister ones!

It uses the la pentachord la ti do re mi and the rhythms ta, titi and ta-a although you could rewrite with a ta rest.

  • You can teach it aurally and then analyse the melody and rhythm using solfa and stick notation
  • You can notate it on the stave
  • You can play on the piano using just five fingers
  • You can use it for sight reading
  • You can use it to support the understanding that la and mi are the tonic and dominant of the natural minor
  • You can use it as a starting point for a minor improvisation or composition

The opportunities are endless! I hope you enjoy using it. Do let us know how you get on.

Click here to download

Sleeping In A Stable

Sleeping In A Stable ColourHere is a Christmas nativity song I wrote called Sleeping In A Stable. It uses the limited solfa toneset of do mi so and la. This is ideal for Reception/Early Years children (aged 4-5) or any child learning singing and musicianship using the Kodaly approach.

It could also be used in piano lessons. You could teach the child to sing the song, away from the score. Then demonstrate that they can play the melody by ear using just the black keys.

The song would fit into the nativity as Mary and Joseph settle down in the stable. They are not too impressed with their accommodation and are worried about getting to sleep with all the animal noises! You can alter the number of verses depending on which animals you want to add to the stable. I have included horses, ducks, hens, cows and dogs! I’ve saved the sheep to arrive with the shepherds later on!

Let me know if you use it!!

Merry Christmas!

Download Sleeping In A Stable for free here

Winter Elves – A “minor” freebie

Winter ElvesI am always on the lookout for interesting and topical activities for my students that are also linked to their learning objectives. I have a number of students this winter that have just been introduced to the minor tonality and I wanted a song that would be both seasonal and develop their familiarity and understanding of the tonality.

I love the song Goblins Are Around Tonight (Songs for Singing and Musicianship Training – David and Yuko Vinden) and often use it when introducing the minor tonality. Winter Elves is an adaptation of this with a winter theme. Hopefully it will evoke images of cheeky elves and not sinister ones!

It uses the la pentachord la ti do re mi and the rhythms ta, titi and ta-a although you could rewrite with a ta rest.

  • You can teach it aurally and then analyse the melody and rhythm using solfa and stick notation
  • You can notate it on the stave
  • You can play on the piano using just five fingers
  • You can use it for sight reading
  • You can use it to support the understanding that la and mi are the tonic and dominant of the natural minor
  • You can use it as a starting point for a minor improvisation or composition

The opportunities are endless! I hope you enjoy using it. Do let us know how you get on.

Click here to download

Free Nativity Song

Sleeping In A StableLooking ahead to Christmas, perhaps you’re looking for an easy song for your Early Years Nativity.

Here is a Christmas nativity song I wrote called Sleeping In A Stable. It uses the limited solfa toneset of do mi so and la. This is ideal for Reception/Early Years children (aged 4-5) or any child learning singing and musicianship using the Kodaly approach.

It could also be used in piano lessons. You could teach the child to sing the song, away from the score. Then demonstrate that they can play the melody by ear using just the black keys.

The song would fit into the nativity as Mary and Joseph settle down in the stable. They are not too impressed with their accommodation and are worried about getting to sleep with all the animal noises! You can alter the number of verses depending on which animals you want to add to the stable. I have included horses, ducks, hens, cows and dogs! I’ve saved the sheep to arrive with the shepherds later on!

Let me know if you use it!!

Merry Christmas!

Download Sleeping In A Stable for free here

Brand New – e-Books with Studio Licenses

Due to popular demand DoReMi Piano Book 1, Book 2 and also the Book 1 Teacher Guide are now available as studio licensed e-Books.

DoReMi Piano eBook 2

When you purchase an of the e-Book you will be sent a personalised pdf of the book along with permission to use the e-Book with any number of your own students as an individual teacher; this license may not be shared with any other teachers in the same studio or different studios.

Teachers outside the UK can use this option to avoid paying the international postage costs. You can print pages yourself or take the pdf to a local printer.

Teachers all over the world can use this option to create a tailored curriculum for their students. It enables individual pages of the book to be printed out as and when needed by each student. Perhaps you want to develop musicianship alongside your existing favourite method book, or prefer to work without notation for longer. Maybe you are already experienced with the Kodály approach and want to use the resources in your own way. It’s totally flexible.

Do get in touch if you have any questions and let me know how you use the e-Books to help you create a flexible and tailor-made curriculum.

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New online teacher guide

DoReMi Piano Book 1 Teacher Guide CoverThe teacher guide for DoReMi Piano Book 1 is now available online. So wherever you are you can access the games and activities for each unit.

Perhaps you are not yet a DoReMi Piano teacher and are interested in learning more about the method. Reading through the online teacher guide will give you a valuable insight into the benefits for your students.

Hard copies of the Book 1 Teacher Guide are still available in the shop for just £4.99.

New Lower Price Teacher Guide!

I am pleased to announce that due to its popularity, the DoReMi Piano Book 1 Teacher Guide is now available at the new lower price of £4.99! A free pdf is still available to all teachers ordering Book 1 directly through the site. All you need to do is order Book 1 and pop the free pdf in your basket too!

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Book 2 Coming Soon

Coming soon, pre-order now for delivery before the end of February 2015

Book 2 Cover for web

DoReMi Piano Book 2 covers

  • Solfa singing names do, re, mi, faso and la as hand signs and on the stave
  • Rhythm names taata and titi (minims, crotchets and quavers)
  • Time signatures 2/4 , 3/4 and 4/4
  • Grand staff
  • Treble clef notes from B3 to D5
  • Bass clef notes from C3 to D4
  • C major tonic triad
  • Tied notes
  • Rests
  • Hands together
  • Slurs and phrases
  • Staccato
  • Sight Reading

Piano Parents

I have just read a great blog post on Teach Piano Today. They have produced a great poster to help parents to support their children’s piano practice.

I get a lot of things land in my inbox that claim to he helpful for parents of piano students. I won’t bore you with all of them. However this week, this popped up. I have to say it’s really useful and I can happily say I agree with all the points.

I know some of you work really effectively with your children. They are well prepared for their lesson, excited to show me their new skills and eager to move on. When they are not prepared they don’t enjoy their lessons as much, they creep out of their classroom with apologies and the atmosphere of the lesson is totally different. When this continues over a couple of weeks they get demotivated, they won’t make progress and they won’t enjoy piano.

During the lessons teachers and students work really hard, make good progress and have fun. Without effective practice at home, this is really difficult.

Perhaps you didn’t realise how important you are. Maybe you think because you can’t play the piano you can’t help your child. Well you definitely can. Take a look at this poster that gives some good advice for piano parents.

In particular these phrases jumped out at me

“Sit down with your child immediately after the piano lesson. Ask him/her to show you the teacher notes, demo the newest material, and tell you what was covered in the lesson.”

This is really important. The evening of the piano lesson is the best time to do the first practice of the week. Your child will still remember what we did in the lesson, how the songs sound and the rules of the games or actions. If you wait too long, they will have forgotten the detail. Of course with DoReMi Piano you can always pop along to the audio resources section of the site to listen to the songs if you can’t quite remember them.

“Establish a realistic and predictable practice time that can happen easily every single day… regardless of other family activities”

Everyone’s daily schedule is different so I can’t say when it’s best to practise. In my house, after breakfast but before school is our instrument practice time. Sometimes practising isn’t possible because we forgot to do something for school, or we’re just a bit behind. However, on those days we get a second chance after school. Some days we don’t manage it, but if we aim for every day, succeeding four or five times a week is still excellent.

“Give your undivided attention.”

Gosh, I’m not very good at this with my boys. My eldest is past the beginner stage now and can quite happily get on with his practice without my supervision. Although I still listen out, and jog his memory when he’s playing his favourite piece and neglecting the others! My youngest is not so self sufficient. He will go and bash out something he thinks is quite adequate, but really the teacher wants him to work on more than just banging the right keys in sort of the right time. I sit with him and almost give him a mini lesson as we work our way through the activities for the week and chat about whether he thinks he has made any improvements in relation to that week’s objectives. I’m so busy in the mornings getting everything ready for school that sometimes I just let him bash the keys. However, I know that each time he bashes, it’s not much better than not bothering to practise at all. Bad habits are harder to get rid of.

“Inform yourself of the basic skills you will need to help your child at home. By following along with your child as they learn, you too can gain the knowledge you may need to assist with practice”

Learn with your child. Get them to teach you! And contact your teacher if you have ANY questions about the homework, or whether you’re doing it right. I’m sure they will be happy to answer.

There are more ideas on the poster. Take a look, and welcome to the world of piano parenting!!

Teach Piano Today