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#1740236 - 08/25/11 07:54 AM integrated piano method book for beginners
playwell Offline
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Registered: 03/19/10
Posts: 12
Loc: manila, philippines
Hi! Could anyone recommend a piano method book for beginners that has all the necessary ingredients in it but doesn't need a lot of supplementary books to fully realize the goals of the method. I know a lot of people would recommend the Piano Adventures series, but they would somehow require or recommend a lot of books for it to be fully utilized. Thanks
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#1740283 - 08/25/11 10:00 AM Re: integrated piano method book for beginners [Re: playwell]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
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Loc: Olympia, Washington, USA
Most of the American series are focused on younger learners, which is where most of the teaching and market is. The basic series can be complete in itself, but is greatly helped/augmented by the supplemental volumes.

The plain realities of marketing are that you can sell a basic book for $8 a copy, but adding in the extra material truly required for comprehensive teaching, raises that price to $24 and then teachers and parents balk. For years we've heard screams of highway robbery right here in Piano World forums over the high price of quality music. Publishers are apparently supposed to be charities for the cause of learning instrumental music.

While the method book presents the basics, the supplemental repertoire series provides the student with extra playing material; ditto etudes. To successfully learn, you must play, and if a student can whip through the basic material in just a few minutes, they will never really master the instrument.

If you want to give your students supplemental material from other sources, fine, but if you don't, IMO, you're really short changing them.
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#1740729 - 08/25/11 11:59 PM Re: integrated piano method book for beginners [Re: playwell]
Elissa Milne Offline
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Registered: 01/11/10
Posts: 1337
Loc: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Hal Leonard now do an All-in-One version of their method (for the first book or two in any case). The material is fantastic, great backing tracks, wonderful creative activities, etc. I absolutely recommend them - especially in a circumstance where you literally want a book that is All In One!!!
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#1740962 - 08/26/11 11:40 AM Re: integrated piano method book for beginners [Re: playwell]
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Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2650
You can take a set of four books and have them bound together. Voila! One book. What is the real issue? Expense? A set of 4 generally costs less than $25. Not a big deal IMO.

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#1740967 - 08/26/11 11:48 AM Re: integrated piano method book for beginners [Re: playwell]
Elissa Milne Offline
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Registered: 01/11/10
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Loc: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Ann in Kentucky, I note that the OP was written from the Phillippines. Books might be much more expensive there and/or local incomes much smaller than in US/Australia.... I have no idea as to the local economic imperatives, but until very recently (since the emergence of strong online availability of music at US prices with low mail costs) a $US9 book was retailing in Australia at around $US16-18. If the situation is similar in the Phillippines the set of four books might cost $US50 and in an economy where the average wage is less than the US this *might* effectively triple the cost of the books.

playwell might be able to shed some light on local context! And in regard to local context - I'm not sure if the HLSPL All-in-One books are available in the Phillippines yet? They're somewhat recent....
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#1741027 - 08/26/11 01:16 PM Re: integrated piano method book for beginners [Re: playwell]
jed1988 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/11
Posts: 34
Loc: United States
If you haven't found what you're looking for, check this out.

http://tinyurl.com/3dtzwdn
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#1741231 - 08/26/11 08:35 PM Re: integrated piano method book for beginners [Re: playwell]
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Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2650
It looks like a concern of economics. We see this on PW and in person in its three common forms:
1. I want lessons, but can't afford a decent instrument.
2. I want to learn to play piano, but want to teach myself because I can't afford lessons.
3. I can pay for lessons and have an instrument, but don't want to pay for books.

Theme and Variations for not succeeding in playing piano.

IMO a decent instrument, decent teacher, and recommended books are essential. If you really feel you have to water down the materials so as to be affordable, then you can't afford to learn piano. (There is always singing, drumming, playing recorder, harmonica etc...that will not break the bank.)

We all have to find a way to live within our means. Just seems as though music programs are first to be short changed. From universities whittling away at music standards...to individuals compromising.

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