MARY JACKSON MUSIC
Welcome to the official website of New Zealand composer, pianist and music teacher Mary Jackson. Here you will find information about Mary, her recent album releases, musical games and more.
Mary's latest release, 'Going To The Zoo!', is a combination music book and colouring in book. Mary's junior piano pupils composed these delightful songs for your child to play and sing. Auckland artist Dreama Mcfadyen created the illustrations for your child to colour in.
Enter the enchanting world of music...
Mary Jackson lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She has been involved with music all her life and was brought up in a very musical home. Right through her teaching career she has always been involved with musical activities in schools.
Mary studied piano privately as a teenager and young adult and later studied music at a Melbourne University and at Auckland University. Mary also spent 3 years in London studying music privately. On her return to New Zealand she completed her LTCL Dipolma in composition, improvisation, performance and teaching. During this time she discovered a love for composing. She then gradually built up her piano teaching practice in Auckland.
Mary desire is to bring good music to people young and old, but especially to those who may only be familiar with modern popular music. Mary also wants to bring back lullabies to mothers and babies, because with the mass of popular music and Barbie Dolls etc, she feels that not enough importance is placed on lullabies and their positive influence on babies' development.
Mary has recorded six albums which are available for sale through this website and via amazon.com, cdbaby and iTunes. For more information about Mary's albums, check out her albums page.
Mary Jackson has released "Piano Fun", for intermediate pianists, a follow up to her successful earlier releases "Reflections" and "Celebration",
Mary Jackson has long found that there is a gap in piano repertoire for intermediate students. For those who are no longer beginners but not yet ready for advanced pieces, often the available material was either too easy or much too difficult.
While her students went online in search of answers, Mary chose to write them herself. Mary’s students found simple selections built around a small range of notes, but the pieces of this collection offer a more musical approach to intermediate piano studies.
They have deliberately repetitive bass patterns, allowing students to concentrate on more difficult melodies and rhythms of the treble and to enter the atmosphere of the music more easily. In this way, students have the opportunity to engage with the music for fun while building their skills and confidence along the way. This set of piano pieces provides intermediate piano students with an enjoyable musical stepping-stone between early and advanced repertoire.