Reviews of “I love to read music” by Denise Willey

Noel Chignell said: Dec 15, 2012
 8 posts

Hello American Suzuki Friends

Has anyone tried Denise Willey’s ”I love to read Music” books and materials . They look very impressive and a good starting point for integrating music theory into Suzuki teaching .

They look like they would be suitable for using with Caroline Fraser’s ideas for integrating music theory into our core teaching . What do you think ?

Cheers Noel Chignell
New Zealand

Gloria said: Dec 16, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
70 posts

I do not know that series, maybe because mu instrument is piano, so here is my insight about an excellent series for reading for piano .
One of the things I brought back with me from the HNU courses with Caroline Fraser (suggested by another teacher, not CF) is the Minibooks. The complete name is Minibooks Music Reading Series, and they are written for piano, maybe good for harp as well (?).
I think I just fell in love with the format, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches or 22 x 14 cms. I use them in the studio, or you could loan them if you want. The kids love them and ask for them, I think because they feel instantly successful. There are four levels, and they are very good for the beginning, as well as for slow or reticent readers, or just to supplement. I always ask them to sing the notes (not the note names, just the pitches) as they play the short melodies. Double duty!
Here is the link http://minibooksmusic.com/
I think they are excellent.

Melanie said: Dec 19, 2012
Melanie Barber
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Maple Valley, WA
24 posts

I have observed Denise countless hours over a 5 year period. It was during this time that she developed her ideas more fully. I have never seen a whole studio with such great sight reading and ear training skills as hers. Her students know their notes, key signatures and overall theory very well. Observing her teaching has largely shaped my teaching, especially in theory/ear training/sight reading. I’d recommend her books hands down.

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