Selecting the right piano books for children can be difficult as there is a large variety available in the market. So how do you know which one to use? Usually the piano teacher will recommend the best piano books for your child. But if you want to try to teach your child yourself, I will quickly review most popular piano methods in this article.
My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner – Lesson Book B is my favorite piano book for young beginners. It explains notation logically, it has easy and fun pieces to play. It also comes with CD so that your child can play along the songs that she/he is learning.
John Thompson’s Modern Course for the Piano. Quite dry and the variety of songs are not fun to learn for children.
A Dozen a Day. This is a great supplemental series that goes with pretty much any method. This method teaches great tone and technique, featuring legato, staccato, arpeggios, and chord patterns in an easy to play, light-hearted format. It’s great for beginners or the more advanced student.
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library. This series is very popular and gives you tons of options for teaching piano. There is the basic course, the prep course, and all have supplemental books that coordinate with them, such as recital books, technique books, and notespellers. There is a great map that shows how you can skip from one series to another within the Alfred Library. These methods feature bright pictures which are great for kids.
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Alfred’s All in One Adult Piano Course is perfect for the older beginner, from teen to adult. This series features theory and technique built right into the piano method. You’ll only need one book at a time as you move through the series, and there are optional CD’s to purchase. This method is great because it gets budding pianists playing songs quickly, many of which they may recognize and enjoy. This book is a little light on the piano technique, but makes up for it by having a strong foundation in teaching chord structures.
The only thing that does not make me choose Alfred’s piano books for my students is the hand positions based learning. That means that a student will unlikely be able to read random music that is not based on the hands positions after Alfred’s piano books.