Algy met a bear Ally bally Bow down, O Belinda C string boogie Calypso time Cattle ranch blues Cello Time Chinese garden Chopsticks for two City lights Clare's song Copy cat Distant bells Down up Fast lane Happy go lucky Here it comes! Hill an' gully rider In flight In the groove Jim along Josie Katie's waltz Knock, knock! Lazy scale Lift off Listen to the rhythm Off to Paris On the prowl Patrick's reel Phoebe in her petticoat Ready, steady, go now! Rhythm fever Rocking horse Rowing boat Runaway train Scaley Things So there! Stamping dance Summer sun Tap dancer The old castle Tiptoe, boo! Travellin' slow Under arrest! Walking bass
Kathy Blackwell, B. Mus. (Hons.), LTCL, LGSM, studied music at Edinburgh University and continued with post-graduate studies in music at the University of Oxford. Kathy is a string teacher with many years experience of teaching violin and viola. She developed her teaching ideas at the coalface in both Music Services and in private practice, working with groups large and small and in one-to-one lessons. She was a strings consultant for the ABRSM Music Medals initiative, a new assessment specifically designed for students taught in groups, and a contributor to the accompanying book All together! Teaching Music in Groups (ABRSM, 2004). Her teaching experience has led her to co-author Fiddle, Viola, and Cello Time, published by Oxford University Press, with her husband, David. Kathy and David have presented workshops in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. David Blackwell studied music at Edinburgh University, after which he pursued a career in music publishing, first at ABRSM and then at Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of OUP's In the Mood: 17 Jazz Classics for Choirs and Carols for Choirs 5, and has published a number of single choral arrangements. He is co-writer with his wife Kathy of OUP's award-winning string series, Fiddle, Viola, Cello Time, and String Time, which have twice won the MIA award for Best Educational Publication. He now works as a freelance music editor, composer and arranger. In 2017 Kathy and David Blackwell received two awards: from ESTA UK in recognition of their exceptional services to string teaching, and from the Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership for significant contribution to music education in Oxfordshire and beyond.
A pleasant surprise is in store for cello teachers who have not yet come across the Cello Time series ... The repetitive aspect of practice goes unnoticed when we are presented with such a diverse choice of appealing material. Smiling faces and brightly coloured cheerful scenes on the front cover of both volumes set the stage for an enthusiastic learning atmosphere. Humorous illustrations throughout ensure the promise of happy lesson times. The books are not too long for youngsters to wade through and the pages are clearly spaced and easy to read. Stringendo (Australian String Assoc) Vol 1 2004 Cello Time Joggers recognises the need for simple pieces to help beginners 'jog along'. In selecting very easy tunes, ranging from folk to rock and calypso, everything is carefully paced to build confidence along the way ... Students will enjoy reading the Notice Boards that introduce new notes and rhythms. The use of open strings at first allows students to establish balanced posture and bowing skills without the added complication of left hand fingering. Boredom is avoided by the teacher playing along in duets. Star marked staves suggest the more difficult line can be learned later ... Young cellists will relish playing their favourite melodies many times over!. Stringendo (Australian String Assoc) Vol 1 2004 An unexpected bonus handily pocketed at the back of the books is a CD that is sure to boost the most flagging spirits. The rigours of learning are seemingly forgotten as they play alongside the tape - from dreamy strings to the drum-kit beat. As the student becomes aware of the inevitability of the rhythmic beat, we are on the way to establishing an inner 'rhythmic' pulse. The CD helps with listening for good intonation and a beautiful sound as well as freeing the teacher from the need to accompany, so that a watchful eye can be kept on posture and so on. Pieces are counted in to these tasteful accompaniments. Separate piano accompaniment books are also available. These two volumes certainly succeed in providing lots of motivational repertoire for budding cellists. Kathy and David Blackwell's continuing series guarantees musical enjoyment! Stringendo (Australian String Assoc) Vol 1 2004 The books are laid out in a very approachable and exciting way, and are clear and large making them easy to read ... These two books, but particularly the Runners, are an excellent addition to available teaching repertoire on the cello. For parents and children alike, access to accompaniments is a wonderful bonus in the age of the CD player ... I applaud the book educationally and for motivating pupils, and I shall certainly use Runners with my pupils. Wendy Owen, Ensemble, January 03 The Cello Time books are more conventional and make excellent use of technology in the shape of CDs with very imaginative backing which includes the cello part. My pupils loved them ... In both books the progression is excellent, the pieces not too long and there is a good glossary at the end ... this is a most welcome publication. Music Teacher, June 2003