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The Piano Trainer Series
The Piano Trainer series has been developed with the aim of helping students progess through the stages of learning the piano and become well-rounded musicians.

Developed by leading educationalists, Karen Marshall, David Blackwell, Heather Hammond and Mark Tanner, the series incorporates a holistic approach to learning by bringing together musicianship, theory, repertoire, music history, studies, exercises and technique. The Piano Trainer series spans post-beginner level all the way through to post-grade 8.

The Foundation Pianist is a set of two books by David Blackwell and Karen Marshall for students beyond the beginner stage who want to develop a technical and musical foundation to help them progress on to intermediate levels. Exploring piano technique through a variety of elements, the books include daily exercises, sight-reading, repertoire and musical time travel. This series not only develops students’ technique, reading, theory and musicianship, but also provides an invaluable insight into the world of classical music, from madrigals to symphonies and operas to concertos.

The Intermediate Pianist books by Heather Hammond and Karen Marshall have been specifically written to help students progress through the tricky intermediate stages of learning the piano. Through carefully chosen repertoire, quick studies, key technical information and musicianship activities, students will develop the skills that they require. Note-reading will be improved, technique developed and a greater understanding of style and music theory will be gained.

New Releases
The Advanced Pianist Book 1 from the Piano Trainer series is for students who are beyond the intermediate stages and want to develop an advanced technique and musicality. Exploring piano technique through a variety of elements, these books include exercises, ‘quick study’ sight-reading, repertoire and ‘concert pianist’ hints and tips. The series not only develops students’ technique, reading, theory and musicianship, but also provides an invaluable insight into the world of classical music, here focusing both on historical context and key composers for the piano.

The Advanced Pianist Book 2 from the Piano Trainer series is for students who are beyond the intermediate stages and want to develop an advanced technique and musicality. Exploring piano technique through a variety of elements, these books include exercises, ‘quick study’ sight-reading, repertoire and ‘concert pianist’ hints and tips. The series not only develops students’ technique, reading, theory and musicianship, but also provides an invaluable insight into the world of classical music, here focussing both on historical context and key composers for the piano. Book 2 is suitable for students at grade 7-8 level.

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