QUOTE(Aquarelle @ Jul 22 2012, 02:43 PM)
I've just ordered the Papp method you suggested dolce@piano. I thought it might be an alternative to my intention to use Ministeps with my mixed language pair. It was 31.85 euros but I haven't got a lot of other stuff to order this year so splashed out. I could have got it cheaper on amazon.fr but for some reason they won't recognise me. I haven't had time to sort them out! Anyway it will be interesting to look at something different.
Ouch, that is quite dear !
I do so hope you like it now . . .
Just to add, it does start from the very basics but I always give my absolute beginners (even the teenage ones) the Hal Leonard baby primer book first.
For the little kids (who on average take about 3 months to get through it) I find the HL makes sure the real basics are covered and then I can assess whether to continue with the HL books or, as said before, if they are moving quite fast I can put them onto the Papp book.
For the teenagers, I lend them the HL book and they go through it in 3-4 weeks but then take off flying with a more grown-up book.
So that's my only proviso i.e. that I haven;t used it as an absolute beginner book.
Apart from that, I really enjoy it - just to add, I once had two 9 year-olds who were both doing very well after the initial couple of months. I moved one onto Papp and the other onto the Herv?/Pouillard Premiere annee de piano published by Lemoine which, on the face of it, seemed a well laid out, nicely presented method book, although a bit overly 'technical' perhaps. Anyway, I knew that a lot of teachers here use it so I thought I'd give it a go.
In short, the Papp girl did infinitely better, and I enjoyed it far more too - it just seemed a lot better all round. And further experience has backed that up.
Do let me know what you think.
PS Sorry to everyone else that this is a bit specific and also rather off-topic but it was just possible that someone else was thinking about the book too so I left it as a public message.