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DOES IT MATTER WHICH KIDS PIANO BOOK I BUY?

Not really. 

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.

Piano teachers 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.

Some kids 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.

Most piano teachers refuse to do this. Too hard.

Reading music 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 all students.

This is 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 un-teachable.

In reality, 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 things.

I don't have just one arrow in my quiver: I look at the forest to see what is required today. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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1. 107 page illustrated THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT Book with 44 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers   

2. 120 page illustrated PIANO IS EASY Book with 50 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers 

3. 50 page I CAN READ MUSIC Book 

4. 132 page TEACH YOURSELF PIANO STEP BY STEP Book, 56 minute DVD Video and removable stickers 

5. 141 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 130 songs, and removable stickers 

6. 88 page EASY CLASSICAL PIANO BY NUMBER Book with 10 songs, and removable stickers, and 29 minute Play Along Audio CD 

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