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THE BEST KID'S PIANO BOOKS

Which are the best piano books for kids? 

It's like asking which toy is best for your child. That depends on your child and their personality and interests.

The piano book that is best for your child is the one that makes them want to take it further. I can almost guarantee you that the conventional books, like Alfred, Bastien, and all the rest, are not going to do the trick. 

In many cases, it is the parent's wishes, as seen through the piano teacher,  that prevail, not the child.

Some parents think that the old ways, the old methods and piano books, are the best. 

Who is to question the value of piano methods that remain unchanged for 200 years?

Why haven't piano methods changed? Because the teachers haven't changed.

But the children have changed. They are subject to vastly different influences than the children of 1840, when the essentials of conventional piano methods were developed. 

In 1840, kids had very few distractions like internet, TV, cell phones and a thousand other things that make modern children different than their ancestors.

The expectations of modern kids are quite different, too. Today they are victims of a culture of instant everything, and it makes them far less able to defer gratification for the sake of gaining skill.

Whether you like it or not, modern kids have a negative reaction to these old piano methods. 

No matter how bright and shiny the modern publishers make them, a piano book full of 1840's ideas is still an 1840's book. 

The basic flaw of modern piano methods and teachers is that they insist on treating every child as if they are a candidate for Carnegie Hall, and are subject to training as if they had chosen the piano as their life's career.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Kids today want to try the piano, and no more than that. Enrolling them in professional-oriented training is ludicrous.

It's as if your child wanted to try adding numbers, and their teacher immediately said, "Well, you better start with algebra, since you want to be a Harvard mathematician."

A better approach might be to softly introduce piano to the child to see if they want to make any effort at all towards learning the piano. 

If you fit the piano method to the child, you have a far greater chance of engaging them with the piano, and eventually, as they age, getting them to put in the necessary effort.

If a kid doesn't like piano, the teacher and the books, the method is wrong.

And yet, still today, piano teachers reject 90% of the children potentially interested in the piano as "lazy," or "untalented."

I've never met a child who wasn't interested in the piano if approached in an appropriate way.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2013 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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