Eye For Ideas is the brainchild of Richard Smith who has wide experience in many areas of music.
songwriter – record producer – musician – arranger – conductor – performer – teacher
I cut my musical teeth as a Staff Producer in Europe with EMI Records, Polygram and others working as a session musician, songwriter, arranger and conductor on pop recordings. For more background information, please press here. For television (Channel 4 and HTV) and BBC Radio, as well as professional theatre I have written, arranged, performed and directed music. Over forty of my songs have been published commercially and recorded, many are still on catalogue some forty years or so after they were written!
In recent years I was a mentor for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for whom I worked as a trainer in their Professional Development division. This involved delivering seminars and a residential programme for Music Teachers on playing by ear. I also worked on their ground-breaking Certificate in Teaching programme.
I have contributed to several ABRSM publications including Practical Musicianship in the areas playing by ear and transposition.
Eye for Ideas is a music publisher catering for those areas of the musical spectrum which can play a significant part in students’ development but for which the market may not be sufficiently rewarding to traditional providers.
Hence the first book ‘Crazy Crotchets & Quirky Quavers!‘ is a series of wacky piano duets to inject fun into piano lessons in general, school concerts and recitals in particular.
The players appear to get in each other’s way, swap places, play with an orange or rag in one hand or fool the audience into thinking that the piece is over only for the players to continue playing after a series of pauses!
for young composers (& their teachers) gives guidance to young composers on musical composition and provides supporting material for their teachers to help them.
Don’t LOOK at the Keys! is the first book in a series of three to show how to play the piano by touch, a massive boost to sight reading, encouraging pianists to read the music, feel for the notes and listen to the performance!
My Piano, My Body and Me is a series of six books of enjoyable repertoire to lighten up the development of a sound playing technique – finger, wrist and arm movement, as well as enhanced appreciation of the kaleidoscope of sound that a piano can produce.