Piano Lessons – Books

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I only list books here that are available on Amazon.com or directly from independent publishers such as Piano Pronto or Piano Safari. Some independent publishers like Piano Safari and Piano Pronto only sell directly via their own Websites. I can procure any Piano Safari books for you at a small discount. Piano Pronto has excellent prices; they offer shipping of softcover volumes at a reasonable price as well as instant downloads that you print yourself!

When I post an Amazon link, it’s because I have verified that the book is Sold and Shipped by Amazon.com. That could change without my knowledge. It’s important: Please pay attention that the book you are buying is Sold and Shipped by Amazon.com. In my experience, that guarantees that you will be paying just the publisher’s retail price, or may get a small discount.

Avoid buying any books not sold by Amazon, unless you find a good deal on a used book in Very Good or Like New condition that’s selling below Amazon’s new price. Third-party sellers often add markups that place the book you wish to purchase well above the retail price.

Batch Orders

Several times per year, I order in batch at both Piano Safari and Cliff Hill Music. If you need music books, I can often get them at a better price by ordering for several students together, along with my own selections. I prorate any discounts that I receive and any shipping charges that are added. If I’m not batch ordering anytime soon, I’ll be glad to direct you to the right place to get the best deal.

Method Books

Piano Safari

For students who start lessons with me, or transfer into my studio at a beginner level, I typically recommend switching into Piano Safari. There are separate series for children and older learners. An older learner is typically 10 or older, including adults. To learn more about my use of Piano Safari in lessons, please visit this link.

Repertoire Books

Standard Repertoire Collections

I use two sets of standard repertoire books: Alfred’s Masterworks Classics and The FJH Festival Collection. The Masterworks Series can be ordered either through Amazon or music retailers like Cliff Hill Music. The FJH books are best to purchase directly through Amazon since music retailers have difficulty ordering wholesale from this specialty publisher.

Alfred’s Masterworks Classics

Masterworks Classics – Levels 1 & 2 (One Book)

Masterworks Classics – Level 3

Masterworks Classics – Level 4

Masterworks Classics – Level 5

FJH Festival Collection

FJH Festival Collection – Preparatory Book

FJH Festival Collection – Book 1

FJH Festival Collection – Book 2

FJH Festival Collection – Book 3

FJH Festival Collection – Book 4

FJH Festival Collection – Book 5

FJH Festival Collection – Book 6

Sonata/Sonatina Collections

These collections are listed in order of difficulty, covering the beginner and intermediate levels. I only include here easy-to-obtain collections since preparing for festivals often means getting music in a timely manner.

I also like some harder-to-obtain collections and single copies that need to be ordered in advance with a music store. They are not listed here.

Poe, John Robert

Silly Sonatinas: Four Non-Traditional Sonatinas in Traditional Form – Early to Mid Beginner

Olson, Lynn Freeman

Beginning Sonatinas: Five Original Works in Varying Styles for the Early Grades – Mid to Late Beginner

Sonatina Masterworks, Book 1

Sonatina Masterworks, Book 1 – Alfred/Magrath – Late Beginner – Early Intermediate

Sonatina Masterworks, Book 2

Sonatina Masterworks, Book 2 – Alfred/Magrath – Early to Mid Intermediate

Clementi Six Sonatinas and Much More

Sonatina Album: A Collection of Favorite Sonatinas, Rondos, and Other Pieces for the Piano – Early Intermediate to Early Advanced

Single Composer Collections

Bach, J.S.

Inventions and Sinfonias: Two- and Three-Part Inventions (Alfred Masterwork Edition) – Advanced

Ecklund, Jennifer (Piano Pronto)

Songs I Love to Play (Vol. 1) – Late Beginner (Purchase on PianoPronto.com)

Songs I Love to Play (Vol. 2) – Early Intermediate (Purchase on PianoPronto.com)

Kabalevsky, Dmitri

24 Pieces for Children, Op. 39: Piano Solo (Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics) – Mid to Late Beginner

Schumann, Robert

Schumann – Album for the Young, Op. 68 – With 2 CDs – Intermediate

Schumann – Album for the Young, Op. 68 – No CDs – Intermediate


Scales Book

The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, etc – Late Beginner to Advanced

Burgmüller, Friedrich

Twenty-Five Easy and Progressive Studies, Op. 100 – Early Intermediate

Czerny, Carl

Although these books can be purchased in bound form, all of these editions are public domain from the late 19th century, and available to download from imslp.org and also available in MyMusicStaff – Online Resources. Why not save some money by downloading, printing, and binding them yourself? I’ve provided links in case you would like to purchase in book form.