Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) The Best of Both Worlds
Yamaha Hybrid the Best of Both Worlds
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
149 registered (Albunea, accordeur, Allochi, 42 invisible), 1633 Guests and 14 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#938454 - 02/25/05 09:42 PM My First Piano Student
Chelsey Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/29/04
Posts: 38
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Two weeks ago I began teaching a very enthusiastic 12 year old student. After becoming aquainted on the first lesson, going over some basic staff reading, I decided to work with her on the Faber&Faber series for Older beginners. Things are going well, she's remembering concepts week to week, and is happily practising everything I've assigned.

She really enjoys classical music. I'm looking forward to lending her my favourite CDs, as she has limited exposure. She is happiest picking out famous melodies (such as the melody from chopin's nocturne op9 no2) from classical pieces. Now, I want to give her a good base in technique and reading before plunging into even simple classical repetoire, but I don't want to hold her back in any way.

My question is, can anyone recommend any material or exercize to fast-track this process. While I want to keep her interested and stimulated, I don't want to neglect the importance of a solid foundation. Perhaps a good compromise would be enjoyable simple classical pieces. Any ideas/suggestions/words of caution?

Thanks in advanced,


(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#938455 - 02/26/05 01:49 PM Re: My First Piano Student
princessclara2005 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 429
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Neil Kjos's publication has some good selections on classical repertoires that spreads out in 10 levels, they also have theory, and technic book that's quite suitable for someone who is serious about traditional piano study.

also, Harrison has a series called Celebration Series, they are also very good.

if you want to focus on technic, you may want to consider using Neil Kjos's Scale Skill book, they have it in 10 leves, starting from 1 octave scale (major and minor), chords, and I-IV-V7, progression, if her reading ability increases, you may want to consider Hanon finger exercises, Alfred and Faber both publishes them.

#938456 - 02/26/05 02:32 PM Re: My First Piano Student
Chelsey Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/29/04
Posts: 38
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Thanks for your ideas :-) I really appreciate your responses to my posts. I talked with a few more teachers this week, and I have access to a full library of the Celebration Series. I'm going to look around for a technique book next time I'm at the music store.

Looking through the books in the library of the studio room I'm using, I found a series of Hanon exercizes edited by Boris Berlin... Has anyone heard of them, are they worthwhile?



#938457 - 02/28/05 11:40 AM Re: My First Piano Student
princessclara2005 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 429
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Make a comparison with different editions, my guess is most of them will look the same, which serve the purpose.


Moderator:  Ken Knapp 
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
(ad) Yamaha Stage Pianos
Yamaha CP4 & CP40 Stage Pianos
Ad (the Piano Store)
the Piano Store - Restored Steinway Pianos
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
"Negotiating" a New Piano Price
by JHarris
10/07/15 04:57 PM
Where is the beat in real music?
by blueston
10/07/15 04:09 PM
A little OT - 1200 lb. organ 30 ft. in the air
by Rich Galassini
10/07/15 03:52 PM
Digital pianos - Can they get better ?
by Edb123
10/07/15 03:47 PM
Are my hands big enough to start playing Rachmaninov?
by Kénan
10/07/15 03:36 PM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Forum Stats
80,973 Registered Members
44 Forums
167,365 Topics
2,452,688 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission