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Razzamajazz GuitarSarah Watts If you’ve ever picked up a classical guitar only to find that it’s all a little bit complicated, then you need Razzamajazz Guitar, the fun way to learn! Packed with 32 upbeat pieces, Razzamajazz Guitar introduces new notes gradually and comes with a practice and performance tracks CD. Clearly illustrated throughout, you will move from one-note wonder to impresario in no time!

As Sarah says: “Razzamajazz Guitar can be used alongside a traditional tutor book to inspire and motivate from the first note. New notes are added one at a time, and in all the pieces, the ‘jazz feel’ backing track will celebrate progress and build confidence. Some of the tunes in the book include chord symbols which can be played by the teacher or other students to make a duet or ensemble piece. Later in the book a bass line is also included. Razzamajazz Guitar will prove a useful resource for guitar teachers that is upbeat, technically sound and fun.”

Sarah Watts is a well-known and prolific composer who loves to make music-learning fun. Her books for most instruments and choirs are published by Kevin Mayhew. She has pieces in all the major exam syllabuses and her music is played all over the world.

Steve Christmas studied guitar performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. With over 15 years’ teaching experience, he is now Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros and the Berkshire Music Education Hub and conducts the nationally acclaimed Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra.

Giving beginners the encouragement and confidence to progress quickly and sound great, Razzamajazz Guitar is sure to become the go-to book for all those who want to learn classical guitar.
Five Note PhilharmonicSarah Watts Five Note Philharmonic is a collection of pieces for a flexible beginner ensemble of any size.

The music has been carefully written so that each part will only use five easy notes. As much as possible, these will be the very earliest notes learned on each instrument, but a slightly harder B flat melody part has been included to enable a more advanced instrumentalist to play the melody line.

The pieces are in a variety of upbeat and fun styles and provide an easy but inspiring introduction to playing in an instrumental ensemble.

• No part uses more than five notes
• Instrumental parts can be photocopied
Easy-to-play Jazz Standards for PianoMarian Hellen Easy-to-Play Jazz Standards for Piano is a delightful collection of pieces artfully arranged to be easily accessible to players of around Grade 2-3 standard, without losing the essence and energy of the music. With styles ranging from blues to Dixieland and ragtime to swing, there are favourites from legends such as ‘Fats’ Waller, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Glenn Miller, plus many other gems from that great jazz era.
Beastly Bible Stories - Book 8Claire Benton-Evans
Turning the world upside down

So you think the Bible is boring?

THINK AGAIN!

12 lively-told and illustrated New Testament stories, also including a Beastly bonus story! ‘full of the blood, guts and miraculous mayhem that other children’s Bible stories are afraid to mention.
WARNING!
This book contains wildfire, a deadly sermon and a ten-headed monster!’

Are YOU brave enough for BEASTLY BIBLE STORIES?
What Do You Think?Compiled & Edited By John Cox Poetry arouses feelings, sparks imagination, prompts arguments, shapes attitudes and keeps us alert to new possibilities. It is there to make us think.

This collection of poems has been selected especially for use with children in schools. The poems cover a wide range of topics, including what we think about ourselves, friends, the environment, bullying and forgiveness.

Highly suitable for use in any setting, some of the poems have an explicit religious theme, presented in a way that invites reflection and careful thought.

This is an exciting resource of engaging and sometimes amusing poems that will help children to think about important issues. Brief commentaries and discussion questions are provided throughout to initiate discussion.

Contributing Authors:

Alison Carver
Ali Dee
Nick Fawcett
Michael Forster
Barry Hart
Val Hawthorne
Paul Keeble
Denis O’Gorman
Susan Sayers
Becky Silver
W. L. Wallace
Sarah Watts
Beastly Bible Stories - Book 7Claire Benton-Evans
Gory, Gory Hallelujah!

So you think the Bible is boring?

THINK AGAIN!

12 lively-told and illustrated New Testament stories full of the blood, guts and miraculous mayhem that other children’s Bible stories are afraid to mention.

WARNING!
This book contains false friends, Roman execution and a death-defying surprise.

Are YOU brave enough for BEASTLY BIBLE STORIES?
Funkey! - Level 4Lindsey Berwin
Sight-reading is fun we really mean it!

FunKey! is a brand-new series of piano tutor books of short pieces, designed to develop students’ sight-reading skills and awareness of key, using fun material which supports the sight-reading requirements of the ABRSM examination board.

The pieces are in a variety of styles, notably rock, swing and Latin, increasing in difficulty from Level 1 up to Level 5. Each book comes with an accompanying CD. The backing tracks first appear with the melody incorporated, then as minus one, covering all the keys of that level.

FunKey! will improve rhythmic awareness and confidence, and the ability to play fluently. Students will be encouraged to sight-read regularly, changing an element of piano playing which is often seen as intimidating into a pleasurable one.

Includes 2X CDs
Funkey! - Level 5Lindsey Berwin
Sight-reading is fun we really mean it!

FunKey! is a brand-new series of piano tutor books of short pieces, designed to develop students’ sight-reading skills and awareness of key, using fun material which supports the sight-reading requirements of the ABRSM examination board.

The pieces are in a variety of styles, notably rock, swing and Latin, increasing in difficulty from Level 1 up to Level 5. Each book comes with an accompanying CD. The backing tracks first appear with the melody incorporated, then as minus one, covering all the keys of that level.

FunKey! will improve rhythmic awareness and confidence, and the ability to play fluently. Students will be encouraged to sight-read regularly, changing an element of piano playing which is often seen as intimidating into a pleasurable one.

Includes 2X CDs
Tip-Top Trombone TunesMarian Hellen
Over 500 fun pieces to make you sound amazing!


Tip-top Trombone Tunes is a fun resource book with everything you need for beginners and up to Grade 2 standard. There are lots of tunes specifically designed to make learning easy and fun, including many favourites that children love to play.

The book is a complete resource for beginners, containing a large selection of tunes, starting on just two notes. It recognises that not all beginners find the same notes accessible or learn at the same rate, so there are numerous pieces using an assorted variety of notes and the book progresses slowly and gradually onto new notes and rhythms. This is ideal for beginners who have no prior musical knowledge or who struggle to produce notes in certain registers. Other students can move on more quickly to new notes and explore more rhythmic ideas, but the early pieces make great sight-reading material.

Basic theory is set out at the beginning and a ‘Rhythm Section’ on one note (which can be any suitable note) helps players to start learning new rhythmic ideas without having to think about playing different notes. Later in the book, more complex rhythms are explored more thoroughly and as new notes are introduced, there are many opportunities for playing in different keys and learning key signatures. At the end of the book is a section of lip flexibility exercises that can be started on at any time, all the scales and arpeggios for Grades 1 and 2, and a slide position chart.
Tip-Top Trumpet TunesMarian Hellen
Over 500 fun pieces to make you sound amazing!


Tip-top Trumpet Tunes is a fun resource book with everything you need for beginners and up to Grade 2 standard. There are lots of tunes specifically designed to make learning easy and fun, including many favourites that children love to play.

The book is a complete resource for beginners, containing a large selection of tunes, starting on just two notes. It recognises that not all beginners find the same notes accessible or learn at the same rate, so there are numerous pieces using an assorted variety of notes and the book progresses slowly and gradually onto new notes and rhythms. This is ideal for beginners who have no prior musical knowledge or who struggle to produce notes in certain registers. Other students can move on more quickly to new notes and explore more rhythmic ideas, but the early pieces make great sight-reading material.

Basic theory is set out at the beginning and a ‘Rhythm Section’ on one note (which can be any suitable note) helps players to start learning new rhythmic ideas without having to think about playing different notes. Later in the book, more complex rhythms are explored more thoroughly and as new notes are introduced, there are many opportunities for playing in different keys and learning key signatures. At the end of the book is a section of lip flexibility exercises that can be started on at any time, all the scales and arpeggios for Grades 1 and 2, and a fingering chart.
Play Today With Pick The PlecNick McNulty This is a book for all new and existing students, of any age, a book for any player whether right- or left-handed, a book for guitarists who do or donʼt read music. It is a book aimed at anyone who wishes to play music on a guitar: it is a book for everyone.

In his many years as a guitar tutor, Nick McNulty has found that most players do not read music. He has chosen to use Tabulature (or ʻTabʼ) and chord charts to depict how to play the pieces in this book. No previous musical knowledge is needed, yet a ʻnotationʼ method is readily available that will enable students to use many of the websites carrying this style of music writing.

He uses a way of describing chords that any player, whether right- or left-handed, can use and there is a basic chord chart for left-handed players at the end of the book. Every chord is described so you can place your finger on a fret on a string, therefore everyone can relate to this, however they wish to play.

Playing to a chord chart – the song written out in a sequence and in correct time – is how most bands work now. This one sheet can be given to a lead, rhythm or bass guitarist, or drummer to guide them. You will find these sheets throughout the book for playing the rhythm parts and to gain important chord practice.

Playing chords and scales will enable guitarists to play songs of their choice. Another aim of this book is for the player to explore their own ideas and play in their own style – improvising is a great skill to become familiar with and the last track on the CD accompanying this book will help you to do this. The lead track is there for some ideas you can use. The backing track is there for you to try your own ideas and feel at home with how you want to play.

Guitar playing is a journey that has no end and everyoneʼs journey is different. Play Today with Pick the Plec will help you enjoy every minute of this wonderful instrument, as you begin to play with other musicians and explore one anotherʼs ideas and creations.

Includes a free Pick the Plec -Trum & CD with 66 tracks
Also full colour throughout!
Totally Trombone - TeacherMarian Hellen, Sarah Watts
The fun way to learn!

You’ve chosen a good instrument to play!

Trombones make a great sound (the loudest instrument in the orchestra!) and can be played in all sorts of bands, orchestras, jazz bands and other groups, as well as being fun to play on your own.

Totally Trombone is a full-colour tutor which guide children from the very beginning, including how to hold the instrument properly, correct breathing technique and how to produce notes. Key symbols are explained at the outset and repeated throughout to encourage and aid learning. Music notes are introduced slowly and clearly, enabling good technique and musical literacy.