Jul 14 2012, 03:23 PM
I've just had a pupil return to me, who I taught at his primary school for 5 years, he's now 12 and had no joy at secondary school music lessons so is coming to me privately. He's a very bright, very musical boy, in fact a bit of a dream pupil, who reached around G3-4 standard at primary school. He wants to learn to read the bass clef rather than just chord symbols, but I don't know what repertoire to use specifically for the keyboard rather than the piano. We've been doing a few pieces from "Piano Adventures" to start him off, and there are one or two pieces in the London College keyboard exam books that include bass clef, but I need some more ideas please. Maybe Microjazz, as that says it's for piano or keyboard. His keyboard is 5 octaves, is not touch-sensitive and doesn't have a sustain pedal, which rules out quite a bit of piano repertoire. Any other suggestions would be welcome.
Jul 14 2012, 04:19 PM
You could try the Get Set Jazz series by B. Crosland (Spartan Press). I use these books with pupils who have currently taken Grades 1/2 LCM keyboard exams. The pieces are fun, vary in style and are well edited. Book 1 would be an ideal introduction to bass clef. I would definitely specify that your pupil upgrades his keyboard to a touch sensitive model as soon as possible in order to not hold back his technique anymore.
Jul 14 2012, 04:41 PM
Have you seen the Rockschool band based keys syllabus. It's chordal but written on the stave