Piano

I have written and edited a range of educational piano collections for a number of UK publishers.

My aim is to write appealing pieces which are useful technically and that children will enjoy. There are arrangements and original pieces in all styles, including solos and duets and some with words to sing, from the first lessons onwards.

Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers

Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers
Karen Marshall and David Blackwell

Over 30 carols for the beginner pianist, featuring a range of techniques and quizzes to support musical development from the first lessons to Grade 2. Festive favourites and lesser known carols, many with a simple but effective duet part. The ultimate beginner piano Christmas book!

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The Foundation Pianist Book 1

The Foundation Pianist Book 1
Karen Marshall and David Blackwell

The Foundation Pianist is a two-volume series for early-grade students looking to develop a technical and musical foundation. It helps with technique, reading, theory and musicianship through daily exercises, sight-reading and repertoire.  ‘Musical time travel’ introduces the world of classical music, from madrigals to symphonies and operas to concertos. Book 1 is for pianists at post Grade 1 level.

The Foundation Pianist is in my view the real blockbuster that no teacher will want to be without. … David Blackwell and Karen Marshall must surely be fêted as heroes of contemporary piano education.’ Andrew Eales, Pianodao

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The Foundation Pianist Book 2

The Foundation Pianist Book 2
Karen Marshall and David Blackwell

Book 2 is for pianists at post Grade 2 level.

A concentrated treasure house of material that will empower and inspire fledgling pianists. The books are presented clearly and logically, and progress with a feeling of fun, inspiration and a sense of adventure.’ Murray McLachlan, Chair of EPTA UK and Head of Keyboard, Chethams School of Music

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Piano Star Five-Finger Tunes

Piano Star Five-Finger Tunes
25 pieces for young pianists

25 new compositions and arrangements for young learners, all in five-finger patterns, and ideal for pupils who have completed their first tutor book. It progressively introduces different hand positions beyond a focus on Middle C, helping learners develop confidence in note reading and playing simple hands together. Solos, duets, trios and wonderful colour illustrations by Tim Budgen.

The range and pleasure of these pieces ensures that the book is a highly attractive choice.Andrew Eales, Pianodao

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Piano Star Grade 1

Piano Star Grade 1
24 pieces for young pianists

Co-edited with Karen Marshall, this new repertoire book offers a wide range of fun and creative compositions and arrangements by leading educational composers for pianists at Grade 1 level. There are solos, duets and a party-piece trio, all brought to life with eye-catching colour illustrations.

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Piano Star 1

Piano Star 1
24 pieces for young pianists up to Prep Test level

The Piano Star series offers a rich selection of new repertoire to help players build confidence and musical skills. Book 1 is suitable for learners who have worked through a first tutor book, and includes solos and duets in a range of styles, plus fun extension activities and lovely illustrations by Tim Budgen.

‘An extremely valuable collection for the beginning pianist opening up a wealth of wonderful new and old music.’  EPTA Magazine

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Piano Star 2

Piano Star 2
26 pieces for young pianists, Prep Test level

Book 2 is at ABRSM Prep Test level and provides a wide range of alternative repertoire for that assessment. Solos and duets in a wide range of styles, extension activities and full-colour illustrations.

Piano Star 1-3, co-edited with Aisling Greally, was shortlisted for the Best Print Resource Award at the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.’

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Piano Star 3

Piano Star 3
24 pieces for young pianists, Prep Test level to Grade 1

Book 3 moves from Prep Test level towards Grade 1 and again offers a rich selection of new repertoire. The pieces will capture the imagination of young learners, providing invaluable teaching material that children will love to play.

There are many gems in here: it’s full of arrangements, songs and original pieces, all designed to imaginatively and enjoyably move pupils towards Grade 1. Highly recommended.’ Music Teacher

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Piano Mix 1

Piano Mix 1
Great arrangements for easy piano Grades 1-2

Piano Mix offers a whirlwind of styles from centuries ago through to the present day, in new, easy arrangements by a team of leading writers. Orchestral pieces, opera tunes, folk and jazz pieces, well-known tunes and unsung melodies, all waiting to be discovered.

Book 1 highlights: Handel ‘Fireworks’, opera classics by Bizet and Verdi, Brahms Lullaby, Saint-Saëns ‘Lion’, plus folk tunes and rag and blues pieces.

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Piano Mix 2

Piano Mix 2
Great arrangements for easy piano Grades 2-3

Book 2 highlights: Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Schubert ‘The Trout’, Holst ‘Jupiter’, plus Sousa ‘Liberty Bell’, Match of the Day, and The Muppets Show Theme.

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Piano Mix 3

Piano Mix 3
Great arrangements for easy piano Grades 3-4

Book 3 highlights: Bach Cello Suite, Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Delibes ‘Pizzicato Polka’, Grieg ‘Hall of the Mountain King’, Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending, plus jazz pieces and ‘Consider yourself!’ from Oliver!

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Piano Time

Piano Time

I have written a number of pieces in many volumes of this award-winning series for young pianists. ‘Cat’s eyes’, from PT Jazz book 2, was selected for ABRSM Grade 2 in 2013-14.

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