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I've been using Piano Time 1 & 2 and Me and my piano books 1 & 2, and then think that I ought to find some other books. I've tried Classics to Modern, ABRSM Grade 1 studies and a few others. It does depend on age and interests of my pupils but I thought I'd ask for a general view on the books used by other teachers.
The European Method is very useful. Details are here:
http://www.di-arezzo.co.uk/detail_notic ... SCHOM06896
It's colourful and attractive, though probably not ideal for the very youngest pupils. There's a great variety of material from throughout Europe. Some good duets included too.
- Colin Nicholson
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I think the best thing also is not to rely too heavily on books all the time. During the lessons, and after a certain standard has been reached, I also transcribe & arrange my own tunes for kids on ScoreWriter and/or Sibelius 5 - especially Xmas carols. Approaching Grade 1 standard, not only do they do the classical stuff like Minuets by Bach/ Mozart - but an easy arrangement of Lady GaGa's Bad Romance, and adults love it too!! It stll teaches them good counting skills and also helps them to learn the minor mode aswell.
Give it a try!!
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