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Classic Series: Vol. 1 – Beginning Basics for the Piano


Classic Series: Vol. 1 – Beginning Basics for the Piano

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)
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• A holistic method for the beginning piano student, ages seven and up.
• Easy-to-read words and music along with pronunciations and definitions.
• Five workshops guide the student from learning the names of the white keys on the keyboard through playing beginner-level arrangements of famous works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart as well as American classics.
• Posture, ear training and sight-reading projects develop skills needed to play easily and beautifully.
• Checkouts at the end of each chapter ensure understanding.
• Final Exam and Certificate of Award presented at the end of the book.
• 8.5×11 soft cover, 206 pages including 12 flashcard pages.


…Volume 2’s five workshops cover more complicated musical concepts [than Volume 1] in a comprehensive way that will help students’ positive progress. I would strongly recommend this Series to young teachers and self-study adults.
Dr. Anna Krendel – piano instructor, CAPMT District IX Coordinator.

7 reviews for Classic Series: Vol. 1 – Beginning Basics for the Piano

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sonya N.

    As a piano teacher, finding the right method books to use with my students are always something I have struggled with. Although I have found success with many of the well known methods like Alfred, Schaum and Bastien, note recognition, counting, proper hand and body position have always been a challenge.
    I have found these challenges addressed in Beginning Basics for the Piano as its unique approach to beginner theory, ear training, hand position and technique and note reading help students build a solid foundation in essential skills without the need to juggle between several method books. The book’s design is very organized and sequential making it easy for student’s to feel accomplished as they move along.
    One of the strengths of this methodology is that students do not start in a fixed hand position which often becomes a hindrance in later repertoire. Students learn to read music and become comfortable finding the right hand placement over 4 octaves in the first book. In addition, students use the metronome to learn proper counting and tempo consistency right away which develops a consistent practice regime and good counting habits early on.
    My son has just completed Volume 1 and demonstrates an excellent hand position, the ability to read music, count properly and use his knowledge of musical terms to play with proper dynamics and articulation. I couldn’t be more impressed with this method. It is very well thought out and students will definitely be on their way to becoming budding musicians if they start with this book!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dianne O.

    Great book for beginners! Very helpful. I feel that this book has helped my 14 year old learn to play piano in the correct order, simple to follow. The book covers a wealth of information for beginners in a simple format that does not seem overwhelming or too difficult to understand.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna W.

    Beginning Basics for Piano is a clear, understandable and very enjoyable manual for anyone wishing to learn piano. It is divided into five workshops which build on one another to guide the student step by step through the material, beginning with the basics of correct posture and fingering in Workshop 1 to playing piano with both hands together in Workshop 5. Each time new information is provided or new skills presented there are activities and workshops to further clarify the information and foster learning. This is done so skillfully that I always felt prepared and ready to move forward from lesson to lesson. I find it remarkable that after only six months I am reading music and playing beautiful piano pieces.
    I highly recommend Beginning Basics for the Piano to all who wish to experience the joy of learning to play the piano.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liana Lake

    This book is absolutely fantastic for beginners. It provides easy-to-follow lessons that are skillfully put together. The order and pace of this book couldn’t be better for someone learning to play. The book covers everything from learning to read music to dynamics to hand movements to playing music and more! It is written in a way that even someone completely unfamiliar with music would be able to understand. By the end of the book, a person is able to play various pieces of varying tempos with hand movements and dynamics.
    I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to learn to play the piano!

  5. Eileen L.

    The book is very good for beginners. Easy to follow. Linda is a great instructor. I enjoying learning piano with her very much.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marine K.

    Both of my boys started piano with Classic Series Vol. 1 and in less than a year have moved to vol. 2
    The book taught them everything from posture and counting, to note recognition and sight reading. And it’s because of this book (and their wonderful teacher), that my boys are progressing so quickly and absolutely love learning to play the piano.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jen Spencer

    This is a brilliant book (and part of a remarkable series). My son has been using this series for over a year with amazing results! He had previous experience with a book that was very one dimensional. This series of piano instruction is truly incredible for a number of reasons chief among them is how well thought the overall curriculum is. We bought the book directly from the author for his lessons. The step by step approach integrates music theory, sight reading and fun to play songs from the beginning. The book goes beyond most piano instruction books by providing fun visual and written exercises. My son had fun with the coloring pages to teach him the keys, as well as the multiple ways music note recognition is taught (matching games, flashcards, and drawing exercises). He liked building his confidence, from playing songs with just the named notes to playing songs he could read from sight after mastering the treble and clef notes. He liked learning more advanced skills such as fingering and dynamics. Each song also has a metronome speed range to practice as well as different finger positions to really teach him to think like a musician from day one. If you are looking for a piano instruction book that is well thought out, will give you a strong foundation for playing the piano from multiple learning methods, and is fun, you have found it!

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