As big of a fan as I am of Nancy & Randall Faber’s materials for piano students, somehow I’ve never had a chance to try out their “My First Piano Adventure” books — until now. After trying out this book with a new 5-year-old student last week, I am wondering why in the world didn’t I check this out sooner?!
My First Piano Adventure is designed for young beginners, ages 5 and 6. I suspect that 4-year-olds would also thrive using this book, and maybe even precocious 3-year-olds — but don’t quote me on that until I’ve had more time to test it out.
The Lesson Book comes with a CD full of fun songs and activities that teach the student about basic technique, how to make different sounds on the piano, and much more. The CD alone is worth the price of the Lesson Book!! Parents can play the CD at home or in the car so the student is hearing them all week long. I bought my own copy to play during lessons — but I also plan to use some of the songs on the CD with my Piano Readiness Classes and Homeschool Music class because they are that good. :) Many of the songs involve some pretty creative activities for learning basic piano technique — which is great, because I am always on the lookout for finding effective ways to teach young beginners proper technique.
The accompanying Writing Book contains worksheets and activities that reinforce that concepts the student is learning about in the Lesson Book. Both the Lesson and Writing books feature some “piano friends” who show up throughout the books to teach the student about different concepts, and show up in the pieces’ illustrations. The piano friends are: Marta and Millie (the twins), Carols, Dallas, Katie, and Mrs. Razzle-Dazzle (the piano teacher). Their pictures are shown on the cover of the book. Students will be excited to meet these friends and learn about the piano from them.
After the student completes level A of the Lesson and Writing Books, there is a level B and C that follows. Once the student has completed all three levels, they are ready to jump right into Level 1 of the regular Faber Piano Adventures method books (skipping the Primer level).
These books are so colorful and fun, I can’t imagine what young beginner wouldn’t find piano to be a blast! I’m super excited to have (finally) discovered these and be trying them out with my students.
You can learn more about “My First Piano Adventures” on the Faber website. The Video Lesson Guide section is fabulous — watching Nancy Faber teach in the videos is sure to get you inspired. :)