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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.

 

Harmony Comes Together - workshops and presentations
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Margaret Brandman

Composer,
Performer,
Music Educator,
Author and Arranger

Hello and welcome to my music education web site. This site has been going for a few years now and has had many thousands of visitors from dozens of different countries from Norway to Chile!

I've spent many hours creating and updating this website to provide musicians and music educators with helpful suggestions for improving their musical skills and some ideas for how to make learning music more enjoyable.

I'm very honoured to have been recently awarded the International Biographical Society's "International Woman Of The Year" for services to music. If you would like to view the certificate, click here.

I hope you enjoy browsing my site and looking at photos of special events I have attended. Please take the time to sign the guestbook before leaving, I'd love to hear from you.

Let's heal the world with music...

Margaret

Lyric Fantasy
for Piano and String Orchestra

Firestorm Symphony

 

Welcome to Margaret Brandman's Music Page where you can find out about the Brandman Method. Go to the Jump List at the top of this page to quickly locate any of Margaret's educational materials and compositions for music teachers, students and performers.

On this site you can find out about the Brandman Method educational materials including audio and visual resources, Margaret's compositions and read Margaret's articles that were originally published in leading music journals.

If you would like to download a chart of Intergrated Course Materials in PDF format, click here!

The BRANDMAN METHOD 'PLAYING MADE EASY' is a unique approach to music education which develops the aural, visual and kinesthetic aspects of music simultaneously, streamlining reading and playing techniques to obtain fast results.

The accelerated learning techniques foster an understanding of rhythm, pitch, keys and chords. Students are taught to read music by intervals, key and chord patterns are approached in a threefold manner - visual, aural and tactile, enabling the student to play pieces easily and effectively from their very early lessons.

For keyboard and piano students this includes the ability to transpose from the early days at the instrument.

The challenging part for teachers facing this repertoire revolution is finding appropriate pedagogical resources that focus on the “how- to” of contemporary and jazz pieces. Which books exactly, best explain the vagaries of modal scales, of suspended 4ths, of chord extensions and substitutions in a style that both teacher and student can understand and work on together at lessons?
An excerpt from Abe Cytrynowski, to read the full text, please visit reviews..

The method makes playing fun and easy, the materials offer a variety of styles to keep the student stimulated and all combine to achieve very quick results.

Desiree Regina and Margaret have composed and recorded
Songs of Love and Desire.

Desiree Regina performing Rhapsodies to Rhumbas

Original Compositions

Piano and String

Orchestra

Cello and Piano Performance



JUNIOR TRAX


This book replaces the earlier edition entitled 'Favourite Songs from Kidz TV'

Early grade pieces arranged for both hands simultaneously

Easy reading with the interval approach

An interesting new skill in each tune

Gently graded material

Included single-line duets.

 

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Accent On Music
Margaret's comprehensive, lively and colourful High School text with accompanying CD is now available. Click here for more details.

 

Margaret has written an article on the 'Power of Music' for the 1998 WellBeing Annual. For further references and contacts go to the:

Music and Healing Reference Page

Internet Articles
Margaret is now writing for the internet magazine "Muzine", published by New Mexico State University. There are two articles available to read on-line.

Click here to read her article on
"Reading Music: an Easy Way "

or Click here to read her article on
"The Magic of Keyboard Patterns"

In April 1997, Margaret was featured artist/educator on the Piano Education Page.

Click here to read the interview.

 


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