CDs and videos
All the music in the Ebony Music Course (and supplementary books) is available on YouTube and all our pupils listen to these recordings as part of their weekly practice – so they always know how the piece they are working on should sound.
It takes a lot of musical understanding to be able to look at the notes of a piece of music on the printed page and know how it will sound. Practising a piece of music when you have a clear image of what you are aiming makes the task more meaningful and successful.
Technique in all art is acquired in the early stages by copying. Until we are experienced, we will form a rough image from the printed page: notes, rhythms, dynamics etc. But we may not feel that this image of the piece is alive, until we hear someone else play it. Learning a new piece by playing very slowly can make it difficult to form a vibrant image of how the piece should sound.
Much of what happens in a lesson (where we often teach from a second piano) requires the pupil to listen critically and acutely – to hear differences of nuance try to re-create these in one’s playing. Listening to a recording of the music one is learning at home allows you to continue working in this way.
In time, you will develop more ability to visualise, or audiate, the music you are learning from what you see on the page. But there will always be a place to listen to other performers to experience a range of interpretation, and to be inspired by the playing of great musicians.
Our YouTube channel contains many hundreds of videos. All the music in Ebony Music books is there and you can follows the notes on your device as the music is played. There are also many videos of our pupils playing these pieces, usually at their weekly lesson, and also at pupil’s concerts. The playlists of Ebony Music books, both teachers’ and pupils’ performances, can be found in playlists of each book, either in our YouTube channel, or in the embedded videos on different pages of this website. You can find our YouTube channel here.