Kathy and David Blackwell: Start the show Trad. Jamaican: Banyan tree Kathy and David Blackwell: Heat haze Kathy and David Blackwell: Medieval tale Kathy and David Blackwell: Chase in the dark Kathy and David Blackwell: Spy movie Kathy and David Blackwell: Gypsy dance Trad. American: Pick a bale of cotton Kathy and David Blackwell: On the go! Kathy and David Blackwell: That's how it goes! Kathy and David Blackwell: Blue whale Kathy and David Blackwell: Mean street chase Mozart: Allegretto in G Trad.: Cornish May Song Daquin: Noel Charpentier (d. 1704): Prelude from Te Deum Kathy and David Blackwell: Paris cafe Kathy and David Blackwell: Starry night Kathy and David Blackwell: Cello Time rag Kathy and David Blackwell: Caribbean sunshine Kathy and David Blackwell: Jacob's dance Kathy and David Blackwell: Song from the show Kathy and David Blackwell: The road to Donegal Kathy and David Blackwell: Cat's eyes Kathy and David Blackwell: Mexican fiesta Kathy and David Blackwell: Summer evening Kathy and David Blackwell: Extension rock Kathy and David Blackwell: Show off! Kathy and David Blackwell: You and me Kathy and David Blackwell: One day Kathy and David Blackwell: Aerobics! Kathy and David Blackwell: Hungarian folk dance Kathy and David Blackwell: Show stopper Kathy and David Blackwell: Farewell to Skye
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 An exciting choice of varied titles includes 'Spy Movie' (shades of the 'Pink Panther'?), 'Cello Time Rag' and a flowing 'Summer Evening'. The slow, undulating movements of the whale are obvious in the gentle 'Blue Whale'. Caribbean sunshine and Mexican fiesta times are interspaced with Celtic airs, Parisian cafe jazz, Jacob's Dance and 'Te Deum'. Stack of songs from folk to jazz are thoughtfully selected to give an opportunity for use of vibrato, long and short bows, legato and staccato ... 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 These are a marvellous addition to the beginner repertoire because they are fun and extremely musical tunes ... Cello Time Runners is an excellent resource for extension material with a variety of pieces in both flat and sharp keys ... Pupils of mine have loved both volumes and in all cases have come back having explored and chosen their own favourite tunes. Julia Goehr, ESTA News and Views Winter 02 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