New Sight-reading Resources Added To The Online Academy

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with Anacrusis to bring their innovative sight-reading curriculum, Read Ahead, to the Online Academy. This partnership will see the addition of a comprehensive set of sample materials for sight reading added to the Online Academy. The materials can be used as stand-alone sight reading exercises or with optional apps that add further interactive functionality.

What is ReadAhead?

Read Ahead is an exciting new program that helps piano students to improve their sight-reading ability. This unique curriculum is based on an extensive collection of carefully ordered compositions with related exercises and quizzes that help students develop the mental and tactile skills necessary for fluent sight-reading.

How does it work?

The syllabus is divided up into levels based on difficulty. Each level is comprised of a number of articles which in turn each constitute one day or a practice session’s worth of material. Articles contain several exercises and sample sight reading pieces. The pieces can be used “as-is” on screen or downloaded for printing purposes and the experience can also be enriched by using accompanying apps for iPhone or iPad.

What’s currently available? 

Starting with Level 3 (equivalent to ABRSM grades 4 – 5), The Online Academy’s sigh reading resources will feature the first section (Section A) of each level of Read Ahead’s curriculum with subsequent sections being available from Amazon as a printed book and the Apple App Store as an iPad app. The complete curriculum for each level will also be published in eBook format at the Informance store shortly.

Please click here to find out more and to view the available material on the Online Academy.

Black Friday Specials – Up to 40% off All Products!

Tomorrow is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year and therefore we’re offering a number of fantastic deals to celebrate our recent launches of the Online Academy and the revised editions of our multimedia eBook series.

If you enjoy the Practising the Piano blog and are interested in the Online Academy or eBooks, then you may wish to take advantage of the following offers:

Online Academy Subscriptions 

Featuring a comprehensive library of lessons, articles and resources, the Practising the Piano Online Academy is the ultimate online resource for pianists, teachers and anyone seeking to master the piano.

Upgrade to an annual or monthly subscription for full access to all Online Academy articles and updates and save up to 40% using one of the following offers:

  • Monthly subscription offer – Get the first two months for £0.99 each (a saving of £14, thereafter £7.99 per month). Use coupon code: oa_monthly_offer1 or click here to visit the sign-up page with the coupon code entered automatically.
  • Annual subscription offer – Get an annual subscription for just £45 (a saving of £34.99 on the full price of £79.99). Use coupon code: oa_annual_offer1 or click here to visit the sign-up page with the coupon code entered automatically.
  • Premium subscription offer – Get a premium subscription which includes the complete multimedia eBook series and Annotated Study Edition bundle for just £65 (a saving of £34.99 on the full price of £99.99). Use coupon code: oa_annual_offer1 or click here to visit the sign-up page with the coupon code entered automatically.

Click here to find out more about the Online Academy and for further information on subscription options and pricing.

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eBooks and Annotated Study Editions 

Save over 40% on all eBooks, annotated study editions and bundles on our catalogue, including the complete Practising the Piano multimedia eBook series bundle (normal price: £39.99, offer price: £24.00).

Click here to visit our catalogue, select a product and enter the following voucher code in the “Voucher code” field to get the 40% discount: X72TY46XRAFY

Alternatively click here on any of the following links to go straight to the checkout page for your selected product with the voucher automatically applied:

  • Practising the Piano multimedia eBook series (revised editions, in four parts) – Normal price: £39.99, Offer price: £24.00. Click here >>
  • Annotated Study edition bundle and updates – Normal price £19.99, Offer price: £12.00. Click here >>
  • Combined eBooks & study editions bundle (includes both of the above bundles) – Normal price: £54.99, Offer price: £33.00. Click here >>

Practising the Piano – Revised eBook Editions launched!

The Practising the Piano eBook series was originally launched in 2012 and has been read by thousands of pianists all over the world. We’ve been working on publishing revised editions in conjunction with the development of the Practising the Piano Online Academy and are pleased to announce that the first two parts are now available via our catalogue.

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The revised editions feature a number of enhancements and updates, including:

  • New supplementary content
  • Numerous content updates and refinements
  • A printable PDF download option and additional download options for PC and Mac
  • Various formatting improvements
  • Enhanced video streaming via Vimeo
  • Improved download speeds from upgraded hosting infrastructure
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The remaining parts (Part 3 and Part 4) are currently in production and will be added shortly. Our catalogue also features a discount bundle containing all four parts (Part 3 and Part 4 will automatically be delivered to bundle customers when they become available) for 20% off the combined individual part prices.

Click here to find out more about the series or click here to view the series catalogue.

The Practising the Piano Online Academy has officially launched!

Digital music publisher Informance announces launch of the Practising the Piano Online Academy

London, UK  | Following a successful crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo, London-based digital music publisher, Informance, is pleased to announce the launch of the Practising the Piano Online Academy. Building on acclaimed teacher and pianist Graham Fitch’s successful Practising the Piano blog and eBook series, it aims to be the ultimate online resource for mastering the piano.

The Online Academy is a subscription-based service which provides access to a comprehensive library of lessons, masterclasses, tutorials and resources from both Graham Fitch and other leading experts, including Penelope Roskell, Lucinda Macworth-Young and Mark Polishook.  The materials are presented in an intuitive, interactive manner and “will transform the way you approach playing and teaching the piano”, according to Informance founder, Ryan Morison.

As a starting point, the site already features almost 50 articles and resources containing over 70 videos and almost four hours of footage. There are also copious musical examples and printable worksheets for download. Content will be added on a continual basis following the launch and will include materials covering new topics such as improvisation and “applied theory”.

The following subscription options are available:

  • A free trial which gives access to all free content and up to five subscriber-only articles or resources
  • Subscriptions which give full access to all content and updates for either £7.99 a month or £79.99 per year
  • A Subscription plus eBook bundle which includes the entire Practising the Piano Multimedia eBook series (valued at £36) and the Complete Annotated Study Edition bundle for a once-off cost of £20 in addition to the £79.99 per year for the annual subscription option.

 Further information and links

Practising the Piano eBook Series

Have you ever sat at the piano wondering how to practice?

Practising the Piano is an interactive, multimedia eBook series which shows you exactly what you need to do to get the most out of your practice time. The series is the culmination of years of experience by Graham Fitch, one of the UK’s leading independent piano teachers.

There are surprisingly few books that deal with the art of practising. Given the amount of time an aspiring pianist needs to spend practising, it is very important to know exactly what to do in order to make the best use of this time. Practising the Piano will equip you with specific tools to help you every step of the way and will give you concrete skills to learn pieces, solve problems, memorise, and much more.

You’ll notice real results in your playing – guaranteed!

Click here to find out more.

Help Create the Ultimate Online Resource for Pianists and Teachers

Digital music publisher Informance is raising funding on Indiegogo for the development of The Practising the Piano Online Academy

London, UK | London-based digital music publisher, Informance, announces that it is raising funds via Indiegogo for a new initiative, the Practising the Piano Online Academy.  Building on acclaimed teacher and pianist Graham Fitch’s successful Practising the Piano blog and eBook series, it aims to be the ultimate online resource for mastering the piano.  The funding goal is £10,000 and funds raised will be used directly for creating additional content and resources.

The Online Academy is a subscription-based service which will provide access to a comprehensive library of lessons, masterclasses, tutorials and resources from both Graham Fitch and other leading experts.  These materials will be presented in an intuitive, interactive manner and “will transform the way you approach playing and teaching the piano”, according to Informance founder, Ryan Morison.  Particular attention will be paid to the subject of practising. Author Graham Fitch says: “Effective practice is essential to mastering the piano but rarely taught.  As a result, I have spent decades researching and experimenting to find the optimal approach”.

Pianists and teachers across the world are being invited to support and participate in the development of this resource.  A number of great rewards ranging from discounted subscriptions and product bundles through to opportunities to sponsor lessons and obtain a series of one-to-one consultations with Graham are on offer.  Supporters will also have an opportunity to shape the Online Academy by suggesting and voting for topics and content they would like to see featured.

Development of the Practising the Piano Online Academy is already underway with an expected launch in July 2016.