IT MATTER WHICH KIDS PIANO BOOK I BUY?
Any piano book
can be used to start kids at the piano, but here's the problem:
unless that book is in the hands of a very good kid's piano
teacher, you may run into problems very quickly. You need Albert
Einstein with the bedside manner of an affable Harvard doctor.
In other words,
it's not the piano method, it's the teacher's delivery.
would do well to take a course in child psychology rather than
another master class with the Maestro.
Even the best
kids piano book is limited to how well it is presented to the
child, and geared to the personality of the child.
You could use
no book at all.
Many kids need
to learn piano visually, or by ear. You have to determine what
the child can stand. Reading music is very exhausting because of
the relentless detail. Even the most capable child needs a break
from it, into the realm of pure music.
cannot bear to read music, and desire only to live in the realm
of pure music, that is, music that is not expressed on a page.
This is a problem only insofar as the piano teacher must
painstakingly spell out and show every single note, usually one
at a time, to the kid.
teachers refuse to do this. Too hard.
isn't the be-all and end-all of piano study. In fact, you'll
"end it all' if you insist on only reading music.
Yet almost all
piano teachers pursue this path because it is easiest for them:
go from page to page, learn the way I learned, or get out. It is
far more difficult for a piano teacher to try and figure out how
to interest an individual than to apply a single circumstance to
laziness personified, but you'll find something like it in nine
out of ten piano studios: if your little Johnny really has a
problem (usually utter boredom) with the Bastien Book 1, there
is really not much most piano teachers can do except brand him
little Johnny could learn to play perfectly well (for him) if
you were patient enough to figure out how to do it.
I can almost
guarantee you that going from page to page in a Bastien book
(currently the most used piano method) is not going to excite
any child I know, including little Johnny.
I use Bastien
every day, but in combination with two or three dozen other
I don't have
just one arrow in my quiver: I look at the forest to see what is