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My Clarinet and Me

By Colin Kirkpatrick

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Piano Accompaniment, Clarinet - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Colin Kirkpatrick. Repertoire, Classroom, General Instructional, Recital. Set of Parts. 28 pages. Published by Colin Kirkpatrick Publications (S0.305311).

Item Number: S0.305311

My Clarinetand Me consists offourteen short and delightful pieces written especially for absolute beginnerson B flat clarinet up to students at elementary level. The pieces are intendedas supplementary material to your usual tutor books. The music can be used withany number of players and all the pieces remain in the lower register. Severalearly pieces use only the notes E, D and C. Six of the pieces use only halfnotes (minims) and quarter notes (crotchets). Although the pieces are arrangedin approximate order of difficulty you can play them in any order you want,depending on the musical needs of the student. Your students are sure to enjoythese pieces, which are both easy on the fingers and easy on the ear!

Severalpieces have a few measures (bars) rest in the middle not only to give theplayer a break and add musical contrast but also to give the experience ofcounting empty bars during the music. When space allows, piano cues appear inthe solo part. Some of the later pieces in the book have good performingpotential and could be strung together in any order to create a small suite.

Every piecehas a short piano introduction so that the student can sense the tempo andmusical style before playing. The keyboard accompaniments (also available as aseparate MP3 file) have been kept as simple as possible with the minimum numberof notes. Dynamic markings (e.g. piano and mezzo-forte) are used from thestart, but phrasing has been omitted from the solo part. This is because theteacher is usually in the best position to suggest phrasing within the physicalcapabilities of each student. Slurs have been employed sparingly and only whennecessary.

The bookincludes a well-known folk lullaby from Wales and a lively folk song fromThailand which is known by all Thai people because it’s taught in elementaryschools throughout the country.

The musichas been converted into pdf files at 1,200 dpi which will produce professionallooking printed copies of high quality. However, the output quality will alsodepend on your own printer settings and capabilities. The publication consistsof a teacher's book (18 pages) and a student's book (8 pages) both contained inthe same pdf file. The sample MP3 (click on the “Listen” button above) containsrecordings of Starting Tune (No 1); Nice ‘n Easy (No 2); Island Song (No 3), WaltzingAround (No 7), Donkey Trot (No 12) and The Elephant Song (No 14). 

ColinKirkpatrick studied at London’s Royal College of Music. He followed a career inmusic education. He was a High School Music Director in London for aboutfifteen years and later became a Music Education Adviser for local government.

The workin education gave him many opportunities for composing. He has published agreat deal of music and his publishers include Boosey & Hawkes, Novello,Paxton, Schott, Oxford University Press, Chester, Belwin Mills and Intrada(Netherlands). His music has been performed and broadcast all over Europe aswell as in Japan, Thailand, Australia and the USA. He holds MA and PhD degrees.

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