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New Christmas Piano Fake Book!

Follow Fake Book cover thumbnailAnnouncing the newest addition to the Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano series, an entry-level Christmas fake book! Have you even seen music with only a melody and chord symbols and wondered what to do with it?  That format is called a leadsheet and fake books are filled with them.  Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano (Fake Book) takes you step by step through a tutorial on how to play for carol singing or just creating your own arrangement.  The leadsheets are in easy to read print with simple chords and no more than two sharps or flats in the key signatures.

Songs include: * Angels We Have Heard on High * Auld Lang Syne * Away in a Manger * Good King Wenceslas * Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * How Great Our Joy * It Came Upon a Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * Jolly Old Saint Nicholas * Joy to the World! * O Come, All Ye Faithful * O Come, Little Children * O Come, O Come Emmanuel * O Holy Night * O Little Town of Bethlehem * Silent Night * The Twelve Days of Christmas * The First Noel * Up on the Housetop * We Three Kings * What Child is This? * We Wish You a Merry Christmas *

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‘Tis the Season for New Releases!

Follow 4_5I’m excited to announce the release of new piano books from Spencer Meadow Press: Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano Levels 4 & 5!

Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano (Level 4) for the early intermediate student contains arrangements of Deck the Halls, Away in a Manger, Good King Wenceslas, Silent Night, March of the Toy Soldiers (from the Nutcracker Suite) and more!  Arrangements are by Donna McFarland, Cherry Wilson and Tami Wilson.  Cute black and white illustrations by artist Sandy Silverthorne.

Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano (Level 5) is a collection for the intermediate piano student. Selections include the beautiful Mary, Did You Know?, a Pachelbel’s Canon with a Christmas twist, Russian Dance (from the Nutcracker Suite), O Holy Night, a sing-a-long carol medley, an original carol by composer Gene Skinner and a lively First Five Days of Christmas, which is based on the traditional 12 Days of Christmas. This fresh new version ends with a boogie woogie on Day 5 as the gift recipient pleads for no more birds. Arrangements by Donna McFarland and Cherry Wilson, illustrated by Sandy Silverthorne.

Both books are available in print in the new Spencer Meadow Press store. Level 4 is also available on Amazon in print and kindle formats.  To celebrate these new releases, the kindle version of Level 4 is available for free download on Amazon today through 10/21/15.  Click here to get your free copy!

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Calling all piano teachers!

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I am excited to announce my new releases: Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano (Primer & Level 1) and (Levels 2 & 3)!  These books are designed for beginning, first or second year piano students who wish to play music for Christmas.  They contain the favorites: We Three Kings, Jingle Bells, Up on the Housetop, Carol of the Bells and many well-known Christmas carols.  Check out the full table of contents for each volume with the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon. Available in paperback and kindle.

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New Release! Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano

Follow the Star smaller thumbnailI am excited to announce the release of my new piano book! Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano (Primer & Level 1) is now available on Amazon!  This book contains one-handed and two-handed arrangements that are perfect for beginning piano students who want to play music for Christmas and it turned out really cute with Sandy Silverthorne‘s illustrations.  It sells for $5.95 on Amazon.  Teachers’ discounts are available if you order directly from me.  For more information, email me at: donna@duckandfriends.com

 

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Welcome to my Book Blog!

Welcome!  Here is the blog page for my brand new website!  In this blog I plan to post news about upcoming book releases and events, but I will also post reviews of other children’s books, occasional author interviews and other interesting tidbits relating to children’s literacy or whatever I want to write about.

In today’s news, I am excited to announce that my newest music book: Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano (Primer & Level 1) is going to be released very soon!Image  I am expecting to receive the proof in the next couple weeks.  This book is designed for new piano students who are still at the primer level or maybe beginning a level one method book.  It begins with a very simple, middle C position “O Come Let Us Adore Him.”  There is a one-handed “Jingle Bells” with optional teacher accompaniment, “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings,” and lots more.  In the Level 1 section the arrangements contain more hands-together playing on songs like “Joy to the World,” “Pat-a-Pan” and “O Come Little Children.”  The book is illustrated with cute drawings by artist Sandy Silverthorne.

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