Immediately jump to

Margaret's book:

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

September 2017: Margaret travels to Prague for a concert performance of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Mixed Choir at 7.30pm on the 14th of September in the concert hall of the Czech Music Museum. The choir will be recording the cycle for PARMA recordings. View the Performance and Recordings page for details.

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.


It's Easy to Improvise

Keyboards and treble clef instruments

The easiest and most enjoyable way to learn keyboard harmony! This book contains graded popular and folk tunes with which to learn left hand accompaniment styles and arranging, plus information on the placement of chords and varying accompaniment styles. It also includes suggestions for melodic embellishment and improvisation applicable to keyboards and single line instruments.

  • It has several pages of suggestions for left-hand accompaniment patterns and suggestions are given for the treatment of each tune.
  • All the songs are well-known popular and traditional tunes.
  • The fun way to learn how to bring single line tunes with chords to life, and how to embellish melodies and create your own.

'Margaret Brandman's IT'S EASY TO IMPROVISE takes the mystery out of improvisation by presenting a clearly defined and logical step-by-step method that takes the guess work out of the technique and equips the student with the basic knowledge to improvise in a variety of styles and rhythms. A worthwhile and highly recommended publication that will introduce students to improvisation whilst extending their overall developmental skills and enjoyment of music'

-Rita Crews, AUSTRALIAN MUSIC TEACHER Magazine, Vol 4 No 2 May 1995

Click here to view It's Easy to Improvise Contents

Below are other pages from It's Easy to Improvise.
To view a larger version, please click on the image.

The above pages are representative of the pages from It's Easy to Improvise.

The following pages are representative pages of each of the four sections.

Tunes using Major chords
Tunes using Major and Minor Chords
Tunes using Major, Minor, Diminished, Augmented and Suspended 4th Chords
Tunes Using the Standard Sixth and Seventh Chords