Piano

I have written and edited educational piano music for ABRSM and for the Piano Time series.

I aim to write appealing pieces which are useful technically and that children will enjoy. There are arrangements and original pieces in all styles, solos and duets, some with words to sing or that help bring out the character of the music, and from the early stages onwards.

Piano Star Five-Finger Tunes

Piano Star Five-Finger Tunes
25 pieces for young pianists

This new book in the Piano Star series includes 25 new compositions and arrangements for young learners, all in five-finger patterns, and ideal for those who have completed their first tutor book. It progressively introduces different hand positions beyond a focus on Middle C, helping learners move towards playing any note with any finger and develop confidence in playing simple hands together. There are duets, trios, extension activities and wonderful colour illustrations by Tim Budgen – something to fire the imagination of all young pianists!

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Piano Star Grade 1

Piano Star Grade 1
24 pieces for young pianists

This new repertoire book – co-edited with Karen Marshall – offers learners at Grade 1 level and just after a wide range of fun and creative compositions and arrangements by leading educational composers. It includes a number of duets as well as solos, and a party-piece trio, and all pieces have been tried out – and approved! – by children. Brought to life with eye-catching colour illustrations, this collection of pieces will appeal to young pianists everywhere.

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Piano Star 1

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

Piano Star is an exciting series for young pianists, offering 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. There are solos and duets in a range of styles, fun extension activities and lovely illustrations by Tim Budgen.

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 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. With solos and duets in a wide range of styles, extension activities and full-colour illustrations, the book introduces techniques progressively to help players build confidence and musical skills.

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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 to help players build confidence and musical skills. 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

From the orchestra to the opera and from folk to jazz, Piano Mix is packed full of great pieces specially arranged for piano. It’s a whirlwind of styles from centuries ago through to the present day, with well-known tunes and unsung melodies waiting to be discovered. (Various well-known arrangers, edited by DB.)

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

From the orchestra to the opera and from folk to jazz, Piano Mix is packed full of great pieces specially arranged for piano. It’s a whirlwind of styles from centuries ago through to the present day, with well-known tunes and unsung melodies waiting to be discovered. (Various well-known arrangers, edited by DB.)

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

From the orchestra to the opera and from folk to jazz, Piano Mix is packed full of great pieces specially arranged for piano. It’s a whirlwind of styles from centuries ago through to the present day, with well-known tunes and unsung melodies waiting to be discovered. (Various well-known arrangers, edited by DB.)

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 this award-winning series for young players: in Piano Time 1 & 2, Piano Time Pieces 1-3, Piano Time Jazz 1 & 2, Mixed Doubles and a number of extra pieces on the Oxford University Press website. ‘Cat’s eyes’, from PT Jazz book 2, was selected for ABRSM Grade 2 in 2013-14.

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