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Need good instruction book for brand new 13 yr. old boy #1906632
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Can you please recommend a very good new learner book for a 13 year old boy? All I know is that he got a keyboard for Christmas and it came with a DVD. He can play "3 Blind Mice" according to his mother. I doubt he can read notes. What series should I aim for? I have only taught elem. kids and adults. I would be grateful for the help! I would hate to have him get bored fast with a bad book with awful music.
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Re: Need good instruction book for brand new 13 yr. old boy [Re: SueKZ] #1906639
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Many people use the Faber and Faber Piano Adventure books because of the music arrangements. What I have come to note is that many series all teach the same materials but simply have better music in some than others. They have one entitled 'For the older beginner.'

You may also be interested in the Celebrate Piano series. While it is slow in the first book, it begins to become much more difficult after that and also leads into the wonderful Celebration Perspective series.

To keep him interested, simply find the styles of music he enjoys and incorporate these into the lessons as teaching pieces. I have one student who simply enjoys jazz music. As such, I teach him some classical but mostly focus on the jazz with supplemental materials and pieces.

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Thank you for your quick response! What ages do you think Faber considers 'Older beginners"?


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If I am not mistake, I think it says from ages 11 and up.

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Piano Adventures Adult is also good for teens!


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Re: Need good instruction book for brand new 13 yr. old boy [Re: emilypianist89] #1907248
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This boy is about to go into 8th grade. I already met his parents today and will meet the boy on Wed. I am afraid if I use the Accelerated Faber for Older Beginners, he mighjt be bored with the music? I Know you have to start somewhere to give him a fondation, obviously, but I don't want to turn him off with torture music, if you know what I mean? From what it sounds like, he does not know much yet, as he has been doing this on his own. (3 Blind Mice and Chopsticks). Most of my teaching experience is with elem. age and adults. Will they hang in there thru the Accelerated Faber for the Older Beginner? How about Bastiens' version of this. Is that even worse? HELP.


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Re: Need good instruction book for brand new 13 yr. old boy [Re: SueKZ] #1907250
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Are you sure this kid can't read music at all? At some point in his schooling, he should have had at least one music class.


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Re: Need good instruction book for brand new 13 yr. old boy [Re: SueKZ] #1907277
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I wouldn't decide on a method just yet. Have a lesson with him, and let him use your books for a week or two until you figure out where he's at and which method will serve him best.

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Very good idea!


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This may come across as a little crass, so I apologize in advance, but if you have to ask the forum what course or program to use with a student, should you really be taking him on?
Teaching teens is very different from 8 year olds or adults. Just my two cents...


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I am having second thoughts about taking him on. I may decide to call them and not meet the kid afterall.I really enjoy the adults and the elem kids the most. Thanks for being honest. :-)


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I think it would be worthwhile meeting with him at the very least. You can always say you don't think you're the best teacher for him and refer someone else afterwards.

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You have to start somewhere. I say meet the student and find out what you can about what he knows and doesn't know. If you feel like you are suited to each other personally, you can fill in the curriculum gaps.


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Re: Need good instruction book for brand new 13 yr. old boy [Re: SueKZ] #1907454
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Originally Posted by SueKZ
I am having second thoughts about taking him on. I may decide to call them and not meet the kid afterall.I really enjoy the adults and the elem kids the most. Thanks for being honest. :-)

You're over-thinking it. Just give it a try and see how things go.


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This may not help but I currently have 3 students in the Accelerated Piano Adventures - 12, 15, and 17. The 17 year old is a boy and he is not bored of it, I am encouraging him to think of other pieces he would like to play as well though.

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Originally Posted by Destiny123
This may not help but I currently have 3 students in the Accelerated Piano Adventures - 12, 15, and 17. The 17 year old is a boy and he is not bored of it, I am encouraging him to think of other pieces he would like to play as well though.


I agree. The music in Piano Adventures is very enjoyable and many people prefer them over other arrangements it seems to me.

One thing I notice is you must find other pieces they will want to learn even if by rote. I have one teenager student learning a song by rote from Youtube and another one who is a very advanced reader but only reads learning chord harmony theory and we are learning Viva La Vida by Cold Play following their chord schemes and discussing what the different chords are and how to arrange them in different fashions.

I also see it as good for me for I do not play a lot of popular music. You will learn many things when researching how to teach them the things they are interested in and I think teenagers are a lot of fun to teach! However, you will get many who do not practice and you will understand why as they are usually busy with school and homework and trying to have a sociality too, not just because they didn't want to.

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Accelerated Piano Adventures. I'm using this with a 12 year old girl who started lessons with me 5 months ago when she was about 11 1/2, who actually knew how to read a good number of treble clef notes and understood up to eighth notes, almost done the book (will probably finish this week, or next week at the latest, and we use all four books) She learned how to read most of the treble clef notes from recorder, and knew a number of the terms in the 1st half of the books. But the pieces and arrangements and generally really good, and I think the Faber's Technique and Artistry Books in their Standard and Accelerated courses are really good, that students get exposed to skills required beyond the method books early. They love the pieces, and the Theory book even has at least 2 or 3 music composition pages.

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