There is a lesson book for every beginning pianist. With a teacher, a parent, or by yourself, a lesson book will help you learn everything you need to know about music. It will help you learn songs at the right pace for your skills.
When you go to NOLA School of Music, our teachers use a mix of different lesson books and teaching methods to help you reach your goals and learn how to play your favorite songs. Our favorite piano lesson books for kids who are just learning to play the piano are on this list.
WHAT IS A LESSON BOOK?
Lesson books are music books that are made to help you learn how to play an instrument. They usually have a mix of music concepts, educational activities, and piano songs that are organized in a way that makes sense.
Lesson books are meant to be worked through in order and introduce new concepts slowly so that students don’t get overwhelmed or confused.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER SUPPLEMENTARY BOOKS?
It’s common to find a lot of extra books that go along with the music lessons you buy.
They usually come with a performance book, a technique book, and a theory book for each level of lesson books that they make.
Here’s a general idea of what these books are used for:
Note-reading and music theory lessons were taught in the lesson book. Theory books have written exercises to help students learn these skills and more.
Technique books: These usually have a collection of “songs” that are exercises for coordination and to help students remember what they learned in the lesson book.
Performance Books: These books have songs that are a little more difficult or that sound a little better than the songs in the lesson book.
It can be hard for a student to choose which pieces, exercises, and worksheets to do with so many to choose from.
It’s also good for students to get a theory book because theory exercises and worksheets are good for learning to read music and will help the student learn new pieces faster.
BASTIEN PIANO BASICS PRIMER LEVEL
James Bastien’s “Piano Basics” series is one of our favorites for people who are learning how to play the piano for the first time. There are a lot of cute pictures in the Primer Level book, which kids love. The book also has a lot of original educational music and arrangements of songs that kids already know, like Mary Had a Little Lamb, Skip To My Lou, and Jingle Bells.
The Bastien Piano Method uses a lot of different keys to teach kids how to play the piano. There is a book called “Piano Basics Primer” for kids ages 7 and up. People learn how to play original pieces of music in different types of music, such as pop and classical. There are a lot of books in the Bastien Piano Basics series, and they all go together. They teach you about music theory, technique, and performance in a logical order. Page after page is filled with pictures and color. This will both attract and inspire young pianists.
By the end of this book, you’ll be able to read music in C position, Middle C position, and G position! This is a pretty fast-paced book.
What age group:Ages 6-10
PIANO BASICS PRIMER LEVEL A
James Bastien wrote the Piano Basics Primer Level A book, which is a slower-paced version of the Primer Level book above. This is a good book for young people who want to learn to play the piano. The book has a lot more songs that kids can play before they start reading music. This gives them more time to get used to the piano keys before they start reading music.
Unlike the standard Primer Level, the Primer A and B series only teach one hand position (Middle C Position). Instead, the standard Primer Level teaches many hand positions and moves quickly between hand positions.
It’s for kids ages 4-7.
PIANO ADVENTURES PRIMER LEVEL
This book by Nancy and Randall Faber is a great way to learn how to play the piano. It’s called Piano Adventures Primer Level. For young people who aren’t yet ready to learn how to read music, this book is a good choice for them. The first half of the book is very easy to read for people who aren’t ready to start learning about music.
The Piano Adventures method of learning doesn’t use hand positions like the Piano Basics series. Instead, it teaches students how to use finger numbers and note reading to figure out the unique hand position for each new song.
There are some people who are used to having their hands in a certain way when they read music, so this can be a little confusing for them.
It’s for kids ages 5-9.
ACCELERATED PIANO ADVENTURES
This series by Nancy and Randall Faber is a lot faster than the standard Piano Adventures series. There are some people who should read this book: people who have already played an instrument before, people who are teenagers, or people who know the basics of music.
As a general rule, this book is best for kids who are 8 or older, but some kids who aren’t ready for the Primer Level can also do well with this book.
What age group is this for? Ages 8 and up
ALFRED LESSON BOOK LEVEL 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library is another popular series of lesson books that many teachers like to use when they teach. There are a lot of people who use these books at NOLA School of Music, even though we don’t.
Starting with the white and black keys of the piano, the lesson is good for kids 7 years old and up. The music pieces are shown in a simple way that would be easy for young piano students to understand. Space and line notes are shown on both bass and treble clefs, and the flat and sharp signs are shown. It also shows how to read the grand staff. Songs like Old Mac Donald and Jingle Bells are in the book, as well as other songs that are very fun. A strong foundation to build on.
As a beginner, you’ll learn how to read music in C, Middle C, and G positions with the Level 1A lesson book.
It’s for kids ages 6-10.