One of the great joys of having a blog is that it allows you to spread the word about the amazing music, resources, software and books that you find and use in your studio.
In the case of this article, it’s all about the outstanding music of Australian composer/teacher, Geri Rea, which I’m proud to publish for the first time on my blog.
Geri’s music will instantly appeal to late beginner/early intermediate students who are ready to work in predominantly five-finger patterns in a variety of keys and styles. It’s perfect for teachers looking for more repertoire for things like the 40 piece challenge or even as 1-week pieces for higher-level students.
Does this sound like you?
If so, then you must check out these books.
I first met Geri at an Alfred piano teachers’ conference in Melbourne way back around 2010 and we instantly hit it off. At the time, she’d written only one book but has since completed three fantastic compilations of music that are now available from her website at Piano for Schools.
Geri’s music is fun, accessible and students love it.
In fact, I wrote an article and recorded a video about it way back in 2010: 10 of the best piano pieces for boys by Geri Rea. While this article is all about music for boys, I can confirm that her music has appeal to both genders and for just about any age.
I’m using one of her books, World in Harmony, as a resource of quick-learn pieces for my ABRSM Grade 5 student, to improve his sight reading and knowledge of different styles.
It’s brilliant!! Not only is he quickly learning a variety of pieces, his Mum is loving all the different sounds from around the world and trying to guess which country the piece is from.
Here are just a few examples from these books.
Geri Rea’s music is as appealing for students as it is pedagogically-sound for teachers. Boys and girls alike will love Geri’s pieces as they all have a story to tell and they are great fun to play. Explore dynamics, articulations, form and style through her three collections of pieces perfectly suited to late beginner and early intermediate students.
Spanning over three decades, Geri’s experience and expertise lie in establishing sound technique and learning principles for primary aged children. In addition to teaching her own four children, Geri is employed in the Early Childhood Music Program at Newcastle Conservatorium, runs music workshops for teachers and has 70 piano students in her private practice.
Geri loves to nurture the beginning of a lifelong enjoyment of music for young children, providing creative repertoire through which confidence can be built and musical talent developed.
Studio Licensing means that you can download, copy and use any sheet that you purchase from topmusic.co for any of your students in your studio, for life. That means that if you want to use one of the pieces with 10 of your students, you only need to pay for one copy and you have permission to reprint it for all 10 (or more) students.
Legally, this would read:
You are permitted to use the purchased digital materials with any number of your own students as an individual teacher; this license may not be shared with any other teachers in the same studio or different studios.
This is a huge advantage to teachers:
Find out more about Studio Licensing here.
Geri’s music is available on the TopMusicMarketplace right now.
You can also browse her other books and those of our many sellers, all in one place.
I do hope you’ll check out this music. I know your students are going to love it and you’ll enjoy teaching it and adding it to your regular repertoire selection for your students.
Remember, I never promote products unless I use them myself and know that they will be a great fit for your studio.
Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below.
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.