Beginner Piano Books For 5 Year Old?
Posted 05 September 2004 - 10:58
Posted 05 September 2004 - 11:59
I would also consider Tunes for ten Fingers (Oxford) which is excellent for the very young age group. Maybe slightly better presented than M&MP. Chester is visually very clear, with only one tune per page, and information / writing alongside: I do sometimes find that I would like more than one tune at some points, and for this reason I find M&MP and Tunes for TF a little more flexible than Chester.
Me and my Piano delays introducing left hand till part way through the book - which you may or may not feel is a good idea. (But looking ahead, book two of this series moves on rather too quickly for many 5-6-7 yr olds - I often change course-books at this point anyway once I get to see how a student copes with whatever book one we have used).
I'm less familiar with Ministeps but a have heard it highly recommended by colleagues. Afraid I have given you a fourth without crossing any off your list - so have not made your task any easier, but good luck anyway!
Posted 05 September 2004 - 12:08
I am using the off stave starter ( first time I have used one) which I think is good for younger children as it leaves note learning until a bit later.
I find that as she has a small hand I don't do too much playing at a time but mix in with listening games.
Another off stave starter I have been looking at as I was given a free sample copy is Piano Adventures.
I really like the look of that one too as it aims to avoid strong finger number association by using different hand positions.
I didn't like Me and my Piano because of the way it is one hand until half way through, then the other.
I like Tunes for 10 fingers a lot, but think it is better from about 7/8 year old.
Posted 05 September 2004 - 20:09
Posted 13 September 2004 - 21:24
My son was 5 when he showed interest in the piano. He loved seeing the children I taught and listening outside the door! So I decided to let him have a go. Some of my pupils use Mini-Steps but find it 'old fashioned'. I tend to use these along with another book (say from age 7~9).
I gave my son the Bastein Primer A for young beginners. Showed him where to put his hands and gave a brief introduction of 'music'. He has studied the book alone (I sat in twice!) and can play all the tunes correctly and in time. He'snow gone onto Primer B but wan'ts to be 'BUSTED' now instead!
Luckily I own a music shop and have tiny electric guitars + bass guitars coming in suitable for 6+.
Good luck with the teaching, hope you find a solution
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