Review: Ask the River (Rachel Portman)

Anyone with even a passing interest in music for film and television cannot fail to recognise the name, Rachel Portman. Born in 1960, and educated at Worcester College, Oxford, Portman…

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Review: Nikki Iles & Friends, Jazz Pieces for Piano
Review: Nikki Iles & Friends, Jazz Pieces for Piano

Review: Nikki Iles & Friends, Jazz Pieces for Piano

Many of us, as both pianists and teachers, have enjoyed Nikki Iles' previous books for piano: Jazz in Springtime; Jazz in Autumn; Jazz on a Summer's Day; and Jazz on…

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Review: Introducing Theory of Music
Review: Introducing Theory of Music

Review: Introducing Theory of Music

I have long admired Trinity's Theory of Music Workbooks with their clear and concise look, and this new volume is no exception. Introducing Theory of Music is designed to: "help…

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Rest and the Music Teacher

I don't know about you, but as a teacher, I spend a lot of time talking about rests. I think they're underrated. It's often much harder to 'play' rests than…

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Introducing Compose Yourself!

I have been very lucky throughout my life, that I have always had teachers, both instrumental and school teachers, who encouraged me to both improvise and compose. I started making…

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