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Many of the books on this list are method books or repertoire collections that serve many of my beginner and some intermediate students. I list only those books that I have found that are priced competitively and readily available through Amazon.com.
I also include mentions of books that are sold directly by small, independent publishers, like Piano Safari and Piano Pronto. My goal is to recommend books and other learning materials that give students what they need at the lowest possible cost.
BE CAREFUL: If you are following one of my links to Amazon.com, make sure to only buy books that are marked “ships from and sold by Amazon.com.” The only exception is if you can find used books in Very Good or Like New condition that are better priced than the “sold by Amazon.com” price. Else, be careful when purchasing from a third-party seller. They often “flip” books for a profit, or substitute an inferior edition to the correct one.
Piano Safari books must be ordered from the PianoSafari.com Website. I generally can get these books at a slight discount using a membership discount code. Plus, if I can order for a couple of students at a time, you benefit from the reduced, pro-rated shipping charge.
Music Tree – Time to Begin (2 separate books)
Music Tree – Part 1 (2 separate books)
Music Tree – Part 2A (2 separate books)
Music Tree – Part 2B (2 separate books)
Older Child/Adult Beginner
The Piano Safari – Older Student series is my preferred choice. However, I sometimes use different methods based on the goals of the student, and the skills of those students who have prior note-reading experience.
Standard Repertoire Collections
I’m currently evaluating several collections and graded series. I’ll update this item when I have narrowed down my choices.
Multiple Composer Collections
Single Composer Collections
ECKLUND, JENNIFER (PIANO PRONTO)
Songs I Love to Play (Vol. 1 & 2) – Order from PianoPronto.com
Spotlight Series (Easy, Vol. 1, Plus, Vol. 2) – Order from PianoPronto.com
Olson, Lynn Freeman
Little Red Book
Wide Staff Manuscript Paper – Can also be purchased at Musicworks or any music store
Seiko SQ50-V Quartz Metronome – The one I use – highly durable
Seiko DM51B Metronome – Budget model
Digital Audio Recorder
Piano Parent book
Playful Preschool Piano Teaching – Great softcover book by Nicola Cantan explaining learning theory for teaching young pianists. Although best matched to 3- to 5-year-olds, some of the principles also apply to those up to age 8 or so.
Playful Preschool Piano Teaching – Kindle version of softcover book