Less than 2 weeks until the publication of 'Simultaneous Learning'!
There clearly are serious issues in music teaching today. It really is time to begin to move forward in the way we teach instruments and singing. Whilst I'm certainly not suggesting I have all the answers, Simultaneous Learning is essentially a pupil friendly, inclusive and positive approach where both teacher and pupil can continually feel a sense of achievement. I'm hoping the book will be received with real interest...
Music Through Time Volume 1
Delighted to find the complete 'Music Through Time' piano series appearing on the new Trinity piano syllabus. Grades 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Here's a lovely performance of my 'Ghostly Conversations' which is on Grade 1.
I wrote this little piece for Clarinetwise, a club for enthusiastic young players, which now, sadly, is no longer. The very first performance was given my the great Michael Collins at a Clarinetwise meeting at the Purcell School in North London. Since then, I've also arranged it for clarinet quartet and clarinet choir. Both versions being available via Queen's Temple Publications. I'm delighted to see that it has been chosen to appear in the new Trinity Grade 5 syllabus. It's really quite a straightforward piece and just needs to be played with a big grin!
Heard a really lovely performance of the 3rd Movement on my Clarinet Sonatina (which is now on Grade 4 ABRSM) at an exam the other day. I remember being in Oxford when I wrote this piece, doing a holiday vacation course at St John's College (which happily also happens to be Inspector Morse's college!)
Henry VIII Dances Gracefully
Here's a recent piece I wrote for a collection called 'Musical Moments' published by Trinity College.
It has just gone on to the new Trinity Clarinet syllabus at Grade 3 with the title of 'Henry VIII Dances Gracefully' Hope it brings some pleasing and amusing images to mind!
I Hate Crossing the Break!
Delighted that 'Whistling away the time on those long summer afternoons' is on the new ABRSM Grade 2; and 'Sheep, a gate, a stream, green meadows and a couple of cows' or 'Brakes Off!' are both on the new Grade 3 syllabus!
One of the problems in tutors is that there is never enough room to have as many pieces as one would like in order to explore technical areas really thoroughly. So I wrote this collection in response to a friend's request for more entertaining pieces to help pupils become more familiar with clarinet register notes as well as a few that cross the break. I really enjoyed writing these pieces and had some real fun with the titles, one of which is (I'm fairly sure) my longest ever!
You Can Read Music
Written by the renowned educationalist Paul Harris, You Can Read Music demystifies the process of learning to read music, based on the principles of his highly successful Simultaneous Learning approach. This is a practical workbook for anyone who has ever wanted to read music notation. Ideal for those new to reading music, students learning to sing or play an instrument and classroom teachers and choral singers wanting to improve their skills. By the end of this book you will be able to read and understand music notation - you don’t even need a musical instrument.
Little Red Cap
A milestone in the history of western music - the first ever opera for trumpet and piano! Based on the enduring tale of Little Red Riding Hood this highly attractive work will delight audiences of all ages.
Follow this link for some excerpts...
The Practice Process
Faber Music say:
The Practice Process is an inspiring and empowering look at the crucial topic of practice. Paul Harris explores the key role the teacher plays in developing a psychological and holistic approach for pupils. Packed with clear advice, innovative ideas and principles such as the Integration-Representation-Connection cycle and the Simultaneous Practice Map, this book is firmly rooted in Paul Harris’s highly successful Simultaneous Learning approach.
Paul Harris Faber Store
Have my own little 'store' at Faber Music HQ now!!
All my Faber publications now available by clicking on the basket icon on the top right of this homepage.
For most of the other publications, clicking on them will take you to an appropriate online store.
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The Unhappy Aardvark
Delighted to announce that the Unhappy Aardvark (QT23) now has it's own Facebook page! Do follow and let it know of any performances!
Here's a wonderful performance of the Unhappy Aardvark by an Italian Quintet (available on Amazon) I've no idea how true to the original text this is, sounds like they've added an awful lot! But it's done with real panache!
Thought we'd feature 'Clarinet Basics' this week as the new edition has just been published. The content remains the same, but the layout has been much updated and is full of fun Simultaneous Learning activities, a wordsearch and even a crossword!
I've also written some very comprehensive teacher's notes, which will be available as a free download from the Faber website very soon. Hope you like it!
Delighted that 4 chocolates are now on the new AB Flute syllabus. Hazelnote Crunch or Toffee Tango on Grade 3. Caramel Carousel or Fudge Fandango at Grade 5. All can be heard below. Do let me know your favourite.
Of all the possible images, situations, stories (and anything else that pieces might be based on) perhaps the most attractive is food! And within that category it's chocolate that probably takes the biscuit!
When my friend the great flute teacher and player Sally Adams asked for a new collection of pieces a few years ago the idea of basing them on what you might find in a Chocolate Box came in a flash. I had a lot of fun writing these, and there are some interesting connections to be found among them - the Faure Sicilienne and a Joplin-like rag for example. And the necessary research was, of course, delicious.
Paul Harris List of Works
Associate sites & sites of interest
Educational Series (Grades 1-8)
Educational series: Improve your Aural!
The very thought of aural, especially in examinations, strikes fear into the heart of many young pianists and instrumentalists. But aural should not be an occasional optional extra, it's something to be developing all the time, because having a good ear will help you to improve as a musician more than any other single musical skill.
A collection of Published & Unpublished Articles
Diary & Events: June 2014 onwards
Date Saturday 25th October 2014 (All day)
LocationThe Bull Hotel, Peterborough
Date Saturday 18th October 2014 (18-19th Oct)
LocationRoyal & Derngate, Northampton
Date Saturday 13th September 2014 (All day)
LocationSt Mary's School, Calne
Date Friday 12th September 2014
Date Wednesday 10th September 2014 (6.30pm)
Date Tuesday 9th September 2014
Date Saturday 6th September 2014 (All day)
Date Friday 5th September 2014 (All day)
Date Thursday 4th September 2014 (All day)
Date Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Date Monday 1st September 2014 (All day)
Date Monday 1st September 2014
Date Sunday 3rd August 2014 (All day)
LocationTudor Hall School, Banbury
Date Sunday 29th June 2014 (5pm)
Date Thursday 26th June 2014 (3pm)
Date Wednesday 25th June 2014 (5pm)
Date Sunday 8th June 2014
Malcolm Arnold Festival 2013
"I think of music in terms of sound"
Sat 19th - Sun 20th October
A celebration of Sir Malcolm's great music across many of his most popular genres, including music from the movies, ballet, music for children ensemble music and an especial focus this year on his concertos.
- Purple Dust (iii) O'Killigans lilt
- Scherzetto For Clarinet & Piano
- Suite Bourgeoise: Movement No.5
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