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.
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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.
This work was commissioned by The Orchard Trio (flute, oboe, piano) for their tenth anniversary and subsequently recorded by them on a celebratory CD called 'Decade'.
Whilst not particularly programmatic these pieces represent the spirit of Summer - warmth, golden colours, and cheerfulness.
Buckingham Concerto No.1 for 2 oboes & 2 clarinets
I wrote the first of my five Buckingham Concertos (for two oboes and two clarinets) for a group of very enthusiastic pupils who had performed both the Vivaldi works for this combination and wanted another one!
Each concerto is for soloists, strings and one extra instrument to add colour and character - in this case, it's a harpsichord. The three movements follow the basic shape of a Baroque concerto.
This completes these recordings of the 5 Buckingham Concertos. No 5 is being performed at Stowe School later this term. I hope these recordings might inspire others to take one on – they are ideal for school use – tuneful, accessible and audience-friendly! The solo parts are usually around Grade 8, and the orchestral parts are about Grade 6.
Paul Harris List of Works
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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: January 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
Date Friday 30th May 2014 (10.45 - 12pm)
Date Thursday 22nd May 2014 (All day)
Date Thursday 15th May 2014 (6.30pm)
LocationForysth Bros. Manchester
Date Wednesday 14th May 2014 (6.30pm)
LocationMusic notes, Liverpool
Date Sunday 11th May 2014 (All day)
LocationDu Pre Building, Oxford
Date Saturday 10th May 2014 (10am)
LocationRoyal College of Music
Date Friday 2nd May 2014 (2-4th May)
Date Sunday 27th April 2014 (All day)
Date Tuesday 22nd April 2014 (All day)
Date Friday 11th April 2014 (11-19th April)
LocationQueenswood School, Hatfield
Date Friday 11th April 2014
Date Sunday 6th April 2014 (All day)
Date Saturday 5th April 2014 (All day)
Date Wednesday 2nd April 2014 (All day)
Date Friday 21st March 2014 (11am)
Date Friday 21st March 2014 (4.45pm)
PlayerKathryn Knight and Bethany Phillips
Date Wednesday 12th March 2014 (12-15th March)
Date Thursday 6th March 2014 (6.30-8.30pm)
LocationPresto Clasical, Royal Leamington Spa
Date Tuesday 4th March 2014 (4-5th March, All day)
Date Saturday 1st March 2014 (All day)
Date Thursday 27th February 2014 (Evening)
LocationDS Music, Monmouth
Date Wednesday 26th February 2014 (6-8.30pm)
LocationThe Dukes Music, Buckingham
Date Sunday 23rd February 2014 (10.30-4.30pm)
Date Tuesday 18th February 2014 (18-21st Feb)
Date Saturday 15th February 2014 (15-16th Feb)
LocationFaber Music, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London
Date Friday 14th February 2014 (7.30pm)
LocationSt Michaels Church, Oxford
Date Thursday 13th February 2014 (evening)
Date Tuesday 11th February 2014 (Afternoon, pm)
Date Saturday 8th February 2014 (8th-9th Feb)
Date Friday 7th February 2014 (2.45pm)
Date Thursday 6th February 2014 (All day)
Date Wednesday 5th February 2014 (All day)
LocationPerse School for Girls
Date Saturday 1st February 2014 (All day)
LocationLeeds College of Music
Date Friday 31st January 2014 (All day)
Date Thursday 30th January 2014 (All day)
Date Saturday 25th January 2014 (11.15am)
Date Wednesday 22nd January 2014 (22-23rd Jan)
Date Friday 3rd January 2014 (3-5th Jan)
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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