Recommended books

Listed here are books that we thoroughly recommend you read, not only as support if you’re taking the course, but for general use too

Essential pre-course reading

  • (2002) A Common Approach: An Instrumental/Vocal Curriculum. UK: Faber Music Limited. ISBN 0-571-59725.  Downloadable from:
  • Westney, W. (2003) The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self. Cambridge: Amadeus Press (also available in a Kindle edition)

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Books by our Tutors

  • Mackworth-Young, L. (2015) Playing by Ear. Norfolk: Faber Edition ISBN 978-0571539024
  • Mackworth-Young, L. (2000) Tuning In: Practical Psychology for Musicians. Norfolk: MMM Publications ISBN 0-9539485-0-1
  • Mackworth-Young, L. (1990) Pupil Centred Learning in Piano Lessons: An evaluated Action- Research ProgrammeSRPPME Psychology of Music Vol.18 No.1 (pp 73-86) ISSN 0305-7356
  • Mackworth-Young, L. (1990) ‘Pupil Power’ Music Teacher April 1990 London: Rhinegold Publications [a summary of the above Action-Research Programme]
  • Mackworth-Young, L. (1990) Fun and Easy Improvisation and Playing by Ear Series Piano Professional: Spring, Summer and Winter 2009. EPTA UK click on magazine


Books by our Guest Tutors

  • Harris, P. (2006) Improve Your Teaching: An Essential Handbook for Instrumental and Singing Teachers. UK: Faber Music Limited ISBN 0-571-52534-2
  • Harris, P. (2006) Improve Your Teaching: Teaching Beginners: A New Approach for Instrumental and Singing Teachers. UK: Faber Music Limited ISBN 0-571-53175-X
  • Harris, P. and Crozier, R. (2000) The Music Teacher’s Companion: A Practical Guide. UK: ABRSM Publishing ISBN 1-86096-219-X



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