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I had posted here last year asking for advice on piano lessons for my then 3 year old. I've added an update to the piano showcase forum.
http://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-forum ... =18&t=8939
Does anyone have a list of pieces by Grade level which I could use? Her two main books are Bach Anna Madgalena Notebook and Mozart 25 earliest pieces but the pieces in the books seem to vary in difficulty. She is constantly looking for new material to try out so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Look at the initial pieces and compare with what your daughter is playing at the moment. There are other books that help develop sight reading such as Paul Harris' range "Improve Your Sight Reading", again organised by grade level. "Piano All Sorts Initial-Grade 1" may also be worth checking out.
Would you suggest going a grade lower so she could use them as quick studies since the Bach pieces take a few weeks to get through?
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A pupil of mine just played at the Harrogate Music Festival yesterday, and the book he learnt the 2 pieces from is highly recommended:
The Best of Grade 1 by Anthony Williams (AB)
It contains a mixed and varied program of piano music taken from previous year's exam pieces, and the pieces are not in chronological order.
All the examining Boards will be around the same 'Grade' - their syllabus requirements differ slightly, but I use Associated Board as everyone knows the format for each exam. Your teacher may also be able to provide "intermediate" pieces of music (between the grades), and I arrange well-known songs & tunes for beginners - things like music from 'Oliver' ("I'd do Anything" is a favourite); or music from Disney films - Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and even easy arrangements of pop music/ tv themes etc. Alot of the music is in difficult keys/ notation, so I transcribe it into easy notation - and mostly in C major/ A minor or F/G major. Have a word with your teacher.....
She has been doing a few of the popular songs but by ear. Should I just let her continue that or look for the sheet music?
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