Concise History of Music in Europe, A by Lorna Menzies-Wall


An enjoyable account of the story of the progress of the growth of Western music, humbly expressed, for the use of advanced students and young teachers. It is hoped that it may be an inspiration for further detailed study. An excellent resource book, it is comprehensive, accessible, appealing, written in a humorous style making it delightful and knowledgeable reading. Copyright 2015.



Preliminary Grade Piano Technique by Lorna Menzies-Wall

Teaching resource

There may be several reasons why we wish to play the piano – to have fun, to give pleasure to others, or to show what we can do.  As we grow older, we realise the importance of paying due regard to the intentions of the composer, and the creation of the most beautiful TONE or the most appropriate effects by the control of TOUCH.  This is often called TECHNIQUE.
Our goal should always be to achieve the ultimate effect with least effort.  The cultivation of certain basic skills cannot begin too soon.  Following are some simple exercises which will make the playing of the earliest pieces most effective.  They cover:  
    Finger control and legato touch
    A balanced arm and staccato
    Thumb preparation for scales
    Two hand coordination for mixed touch
    Balanced tone between two hands
    Phrasing action in a two note slur
    Mixed touch in the fingers of one hand
    Balanced tone in the fingers of one hand – voicing.

Created 2015

 ISMN 9790720151281