Thursday, February 25, 2016

It's Never Too Late!

Tutor Books for the Adult Learner

by Tracy Battensby
(June Emerson Wind Music)

Having worked at June Emerson Wind Music for many years I’ve always had an interest in titles that are aimed specifically at the adult learner. Of course there’s no reason why us grown-ups can’t use any one of the excellent methods available but it’s also nice to have something tailored to those who may be nervous or uncertain about taking up a new challenge.

And why do we take up such a challenge? Well, for personal enrichment, to deepen appreciation and understanding and perhaps have a bit of fun along the way. Speaking for myself, my memories of school music lessons aren’t great – they were inconsistent and ‘bitty’, not least because we had a different teacher almost every term, and I felt that there was such a lot I missed because of the constant upheaval. School music teaching has moved on (thank goodness) and now there are many private teachers who are sympathetic to an adult learner’s particular requirements.

Of course, it may be that you just want to pick up where you left off, and there is a rather good new series aimed at those who have prior knowledge of their instrument. Compiled by Larry Clark, the books review basic theory and include exercises and studies to help build strength and technique: 
I Used To Play Clarinet
I Used To Play Saxophone
I Used To Play Trumpet

Trevor Wye produced ‘The Adult Flute Student’ several years ago and it contains a lot of wise information relevant to the more mature player (not just the flautists):
The Adult Flute Student

 It’s good to hear about the experiences of other learners – bear in mind that there will be somebody out there who’s having the same issues (good or otherwise) that you are. The ABRSM hosts a lively forum and there’s lots of useful information at (and I must admit that I love the sound of as well…!).

Pam Wedgwood and Heidi Pegler have produced two excellent series – for piano and for the fledgling singers among us – entitled ‘It’s Never Too Late’. How very true.

If you want to try any of these books (including the piano and singing ones) please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you along the path of lifelong learning.

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