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#953859 - 05/23/08 11:42 AM "A Dozen a Day" by Burnam
alglasser Offline
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Registered: 04/21/07
Posts: 69
Loc: Rhode Island
Hello, again.

I was wondering if any of you used the series, "A Dozen a Day" by Edna Mae Burnum. I have used it in the past (it is in 6 progressive levels) for developing technique and I really like the logical way that skills were introduced and developed. I have started my 1 new beginner adult student in the series and she really likes the short 4-8 measure "pieces" and the way that they progress. I like the series very much and was wondering if anyone else had any thoughts on it?

Have a terrific day, all. Alan

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#953860 - 05/23/08 12:19 PM Re: "A Dozen a Day" by Burnam
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Posts: 3886
Loc: San Francisco
That would be Burnam with an 'a'.

I've been a full-time musician for most of my life and am very happy to say I started with this series - it must have worked! \:\)

Just yesterday I was reading about fictional authors of favorite children's books (Laura Lee Hope was invented as the author of the 'Bobbsey Twins'); I wondered if the same could be true for the cute name of Edna Mae Burnam...

She was indeed real - I found this interesting article.
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M&H "A" at home

#953861 - 05/23/08 02:45 PM Re: "A Dozen a Day" by Burnam
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I used this series as a child, and unfortunately, I hated them. I've never been one to enjoy mindless drills, so my teachers when I was able to choose them have all taught me technique within my repertoire, or assigned technical exercises that applied directly to an issue I was having. I see the value in them as a teacher, however, just not my cup of tea. I only use them sparingly, and only if that student enjoys them.
private piano/voice teacher FT

#953862 - 05/23/08 03:35 PM Re: "A Dozen a Day" by Burnam
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Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 13826
Loc: Iowa City, IA
Dozen a Day was my first technique series. I thought they were great fun!
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)


#953863 - 05/23/08 08:18 PM Re: "A Dozen a Day" by Burnam
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Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 1461
I loved it as a child, and use them a little with some of my students too.

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#953864 - 05/24/08 04:21 AM Re: "A Dozen a Day" by Burnam
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Registered: 04/09/06
Posts: 1580
Loc: Pacific Northwest
Such darling, creative, exercises.

I personally do not use them for technique, I have in the passed used them for sight reading.
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member MTNA and Piano Basics Foundation


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