New Book Release!January 2016
A new piano duet Amaryllis for the intermediate player, about grade 5/6. Graceful, gentle, lush, sparkling and warm to add some sunshine to those bleak winter months. You can see some of the score on the Composition Ensembles page.
A wonderful review of Jester’s Dance duet by the Canadian Music Teacher Magazine. You can read the review by clicking on Jester review
I had a wonderful time adjudicating all the amazing young musicians performing Canadian music at the Contemporary Showcase Festival in Toronto this November. The Festival is such a well run event and I received some wonderful feedback that I’d like to share. It’s not often we get input like this. Thank you to Belinda Huang. Link to Contemporary Showcase Toronto.
Composition WorkshopOctober 2015
In October I presented a Composition Workshop at the Piano Studio of Megan Newcombe in New Tecumseth Ontario. We focused on developing guidelines to teaching composition to students. It was wonderful to be able to share ideas and techniques with a very enthusiastic audience.
New Book Release!July 2015
‘Hockey Sticks’!! A new solo guaranteed to excite the hockey fans in your studio! Fun to play as you get to score a goal at the end! You can see a score sample at Compositions/Piano Solos.
Syllabi and PublishingJuly 2015
My duet, ‘Willow’, (1 Piano 4 Hands) has just been published in the new CNCM (Canadian National Conservatory of Music) Northern Lights Late Elementary Piano Duets Collection. A sample of the score to be uploaded soon at http://www.susangriesdale.com/duettrios/.
New Book Release!July 2015
Introducing ‘Winter!’ – a new book of character pieces to lighten the mood of those miserable days of ice and snow and also to celebrate those special exciting moments only found in Winter – like Snowdays and Hockey goals! Music that’s as much fun to play as it was to write.
Score samples can be found on the Compositions/Piano Collections page.
On the RoadJuly 2015
Syllabi and PublishingMarch 2015
I’m excited to be included in the new RCM 2015 Piano Syllabus with pieces listed at the grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 levels. My ‘Arctice Voices‘ and ‘Piano Mime‘ Collections are represented. The Grade 3 Celebration Series Repertoire book contains my piece Arctic Voices.
New Book Release!March 2015
I have a new duet available! Called ‘Jester’s Dance‘, it’s a playful, upbeat piece at the early intermediate level, using polytonal scale pairings. Designed to fall easily in the hands makes it easy to play for both players. You can hear a sound sample and see some of the score on my Composition/Duets page
Composition WorkshopDecember 2014
I was invited to present a composition workshop to the students of the ‘Piano For Everyone’ Music Studio in Toronto. The students prepared compositions ahead of time and we had a great afternoon exploring their work and discovering way to enhance their music even more. It was a fun afternoon with some very engaging and creative budding composers!
I had the priveledge of adjudicating the Kingston Contemporary Showcase Music Festival this year at Queen’s University. Such a wonderful group of students and the standard of performance was impressive indeed. Thank you to the organizers, especially Kristin Rae, for your wonderful hospitality and for putting together such a well run music festival!