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#961099 - 11/28/08 02:06 AM Expressive Etudes - Suzanne W. Guy  
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Expressive Etudes is currently a 6 volume series, which seems fairly even in advancement. The last of the six volumes was published in 2004 (by FJH).

I have played through the complete set and am thinking of incorporating it as a staple for my average to more talented students. There are about 20 etudes per set, so a diligent student could learn most of them from a given volume in a year. It will easily encompass six years of lessons, and surprisingly, many of the etudes I already use anyway.

I can also see using this set as a text for an adult student who is resuming his or her studies, along with supplemental larger pieces, of course.

I am wondering if any of you have begun using any or all of the series, and if so, what your thoughts are. Or if you tried it and rejected it, why?


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#961100 - 11/28/08 10:39 AM Re: Expressive Etudes - Suzanne W. Guy  
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I reviewed book 4 a few years back:

American Music Teacher Review

I've used the first 5 books with students and like them very much. I like the mix of standards and lesser-known works, and my students seem to like them as well.

I don't use them exclusively, though. For technical training, I also assign some Hanon and works from the Celebration Series Studies books as well.


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#961101 - 11/28/08 02:29 PM Re: Expressive Etudes - Suzanne W. Guy  
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Great review! Thanks for reminding me.


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#961102 - 11/29/08 01:25 AM Re: Expressive Etudes - Suzanne W. Guy  
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I love the Expressive Etudes series, but I've only used Prep-level 2. They are a great introduction to original classical repertoire. Sometimes I use them along with FJH's Developing Artist series, although I find that some of the pieces overlap and are in both books.


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#961103 - 11/29/08 10:07 PM Re: Expressive Etudes - Suzanne W. Guy  
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Mrs. Guy has taught a few of the kids that beat me out and clean house in competitions. She definatly has some good ideas with music and teaches really well.


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