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Margaret's book:

Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle performed by Baritone Martin Cooke and the composer, will be aired in two half-hour programs presented by Patrick Thomas on the 21st and 28th of April 2017 on Sydney radio station FINE MUSIC 102.5 FM. The DVD of these songs is also available now. View the Performance and Recordings page for details.

September 2017: Margaret will travel to Prague for a concert performance of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Choir on the 14th of September. The choir will be recording the cycle for PARMA recordings.

Three new art songs in the collection titled 'From the Mountains to the Sea' for Mezzo-Soprano or Baritone voice and piano are now available. View the page for From the Mountains to the Sea for details.

Sensations recorded in the Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has been receiving a great deal of international airplay since it was released in May 2016. View the Performance and Recordings page for more information.

'Warm Winds in Havana' suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion, recorded in Cuba last year, has been on air on many Jazz Radio programs around the world and was featured on radio HRT Croatia on April 10th this year. ABRAZO compilation CD.

 

CONTEMPORARY PIANO METHOD

MAIN FEATURES OF THE CONTEMPORARY PIANO METHOD

PRIMER

  • Intervals up to the Fifth (jump)
  • Transposition to different hand positions
  • Timing Diagrams
  • Harmonic Intervals
  • Creative Work
  • Original, plus well-known material Duet parts. Words to songs. Theory included on each page.
  • Dexter drawings

BOOK1

  • Intervals up to the Octave
  • Transposition to all Major keys All Major Keys
  • Timing Diagrams all basic time-sigs. plus 5/4, 5/8
  • All Major chords (Primary Triads)
  • Analysis & use of Primary Triads in all types of music
  • Beginning of improvisation on chords
  • Original, popular, blues and classical material
  • Contemporary Organ Method. This follows closely the first half of the material in Contemporary Piano Method 1

BOOK 2

  • Larger Recognisable units & groups of intervals
  • Transposition to Major and Minor Keys. All Major and Minor keys. Timing Diagrams, 7/4, 7/8 Popular dance rhythms
  • Maj, Min, Dim, Aug, Sus4 All triads in Maj and Min keys. All standard 4-note chords. Analysis & use of above triads
  • Guided improvisation on chord progressions
  • Original material plus music from most periods and styles

BOOKS 3 AND 4

  • Interval reading in C Clef
  • Transposition to C Clef
  • Modes, Unusual scales etc. Odd-Times, free time etc.
  • Extended chords and altered chords. Analysis and use of above
  • Polyphony 20th Century writing techniques. Improvisation using elements covered in the method
  • Original material, plus standard 'classical' and jazz works

TITLES AVAILABLE

Contemporary Piano Method - Junior Primer

Contemporary Piano Method 1A

Contemporary Piano Method 1B

Contemporary Piano Method 2A

Contemporary Piano Method 2B

Contemporary Piano Method 3

Contemporary Piano Method 4

Contemporary Piano Method - 12 Timely Pieces

Contemporary Piano Method - VHS

Pictorial Pattern Keyboard Scales & Chords

"I have enjoyed going through the volumes very much and find that they are well organised, they have excellent follow through, are extremely attractive and I believe almost any piano teacher could make excellent use of the materials. I congratulate you on bringing these volumes to completion"

Dr Maurice Hinson - Senior Professor of Music - Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kentucky USA

"I really enjoyed reading through them....I appreciate greatly the way you have included jazz and contemporary rhythms and reading material in varied keys. I like the way you have given an orientation to the black notes in the scales - that is similar to the way I refer to keyboard topography and 'scale paths' in my book"

Harold Danko B.M.E. jazz pianist and music educator ( USA) author of the Illustrated Keyboard Method.