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Books, Products

movie music favourites

Movie Music Favourites: Eight Arrangements for Piano Duet

This collection of piano duet arrangements from the movies embraces a wide range of styles. Primo and secondo play-along tracks are provided on the accompanying CD.

Dancing Violin & Piano

Dancing Violin & Piano: I. Arabesque, II. Cortège, III. Stomp

Katherine Hoover’s “Dancing Violin & Piano” is a piece for advanced violin and piano duo begins with a light “Arabesque,” transitions to a “Cortège” with a brief cadenza section, and finishes with a driving “Stomp” finale. 

Yes, You Can!

Yes, You Can! Survival Guide for Teaching Strings

Yes, You Can! is a guide to teaching strings created to be especially useful if you are coming into teaching strings from another discipline, such as band or choir.

Eight Variations

Eight Variations for Piano

Composer and pianist Martin Amlin’s Eight Variations is a five-minute intermediate piece commissioned by Piano & Keyboard magazine.

Going Down to the River

Going Down to the River

This is the inspiring story of Doug Seegers’ journey from drug addicted, down-and-out, country musician, wandering the streets of Nashville, to widely successful artist on the international scene.

Jazz Superheroes

Jazz Superheroes: Billie Holiday and Lester Young

The Jazz Superheroes series of books is a salute to jazz heroes. The first two books in the series are Billie Holiday: Lady Day and Lester Young: Prez. Holiday believed in telling the truth through her music.

Practical Studies for the Trumpet

Edwin Franko Goldman: Practical Studies for the Trumpet

Designed for trumpet players of all levels, these studies were created as tools to address issues all players encounter.

From Folk to Classical

From Folk to Classical: Volumes 1 and 2

From Folk to Classical: Volumes 1 and 2 contains a collection of 30 arrangements for intermediate classical guitar by Paul Coles and a collection of 24 folk and classical tunes for moderately advanced guitarists.

We Were Going to Change the World

We Were Going to Change the World

This book captures the stories and contributions of women who were active in the dynamic Southern California punk rock scene of the 1970s and 1980s.

Rhythm First

Rhythm First! A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Improvisation

In a step-by-step fun method, Rhythm First! builds up the student’s library of rhythmic figures and has them playing along with the accompanying CD to get the sound and feel of jazz soloing under their fingers.