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#2185565 - 11/20/13 10:20 AM Suggested method books for kids aged 6-10 and 11+?  
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Hi, all.

I've been teaching for the past year under a company that distributes me to a school. I've been using the method the company uses, and it's fine for my eight-year-old student.

I may be starting private teaching soon (that's my ultimate goal), and was wondering which methods you would suggest for different age groups. Where would you draw the line between the ages for different methods? i.e. 6-10 and 11+. I'm not sure how different age groups respond to cartoons in their books, or if they'd rather something that feels more mature.

Right now I'm considering this one for the younger students: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Adventures-Lesson-Primer-Level/dp/1616770759/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Please let me know which methods you'd suggest for different age groups. (I don't see myself teaching any less than 6-year-olds yet.)

Thank you!

Last edited by Maechre; 11/20/13 10:37 AM.

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#2185597 - 11/20/13 11:19 AM Re: Suggested method books for kids aged 6-10 and 11+? [Re: Maechre]  
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I use the one you linked to for approximately age 7-10.

Staying in the same series (Faber), your other options are:

http://www.amazon.com/First-Piano-Adventure-Lesson-Book/dp/1616776196/ (I use this for 5/6 year olds, and the one time I taught a 4 yo. If it's too easy for a 6 yo, they can either transfer to the primer you linked to, or after doing books A and B, then can go directly to level 1 and skip level C. http://www.amazon.com/Level-Lesson-Book-Piano-Adventures/dp/1616770783/ )

For approximately 11 year olds up to maybe 15? I use this http://www.amazon.com/Accelerated-Piano-Adventures-Older-Beginner/dp/1616779497/

Then finally for adults (15/16 and up) there's this http://www.amazon.com/Adult-Piano-Adventures-All--Lesson/dp/1616773022/

Oftentimes it really is a guess if someone is on a borderline age group. If I can do it without being awkward, I sometimes try to ask the parent things like "how does the kid do in school" or "how diligent are they at doing things like homework of their own motivation?" to get an idea of how hardworking the student *might* be at piano, if I have to buy their books before even meeting them, to help me guess if they should be on the older or younger level track.

They can always switch if needed, so it's not set in stone, (just the annoying $20-ish for new books!) One little anecdote; I had two girls who were friends start around the same time and they were about 10/11. For whatever reason, I put one in the "regular" track, and the other in the "accelerated older beginner" track. The entire several years I taught them, they ended up playing songs at basically the exact same level - the one in the regular level just moved faster, and the one in the accelerated level just moved slower!

#2185761 - 11/20/13 03:25 PM Re: Suggested method books for kids aged 6-10 and 11+? [Re: Maechre]  
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I'm not a fan of the purple Piano Adventures primer book, but I do like the series for the young beginners, books A, B, and C.

Consider the Alfred Premier Piano Course for the kids aged 6-10. I like it a lot.


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#2185820 - 11/20/13 05:19 PM Re: Suggested method books for kids aged 6-10 and 11+? [Re: Barb860]  
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Originally Posted by Barb860
Consider the Alfred Premier Piano Course for the kids aged 6-10. I like it a lot.

I second that!

And don't forget about Hal Leonard for kids who would benefit from a more leisurely pace. I like the artwork in that series the most--more natural, friendly, and inviting. The pictures in Piano Adventures are too cartoon-ish; they look like computer-generated artwork by people who majored in graphic design rather than art.


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#2187610 - 11/24/13 06:52 AM Re: Suggested method books for kids aged 6-10 and 11+? [Re: Maechre]  
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Thanks, guys!

Does anyone else have suggestions, or back up any of the above? At this point I would still have to get all of them to test them out. I'd rather start off on the right foot. smile


I love sight-reading! One day I will master it.

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#2188746 - 11/26/13 04:50 PM Re: Suggested method books for kids aged 6-10 and 11+? [Re: Maechre]  
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Originally Posted by Maechre
Thanks, guys!

Does anyone else have suggestions, or back up any of the above? At this point I would still have to get all of them to test them out. I'd rather start off on the right foot. smile

Piano Town, for ages 7-10.


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