Piano Reading book

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Cinthya Fuentes said: Feb 10, 2016
Cinthya FuentesViolin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Piano, Cello
Houston, TX
2 posts

Hello everyone

Could somebody suggest a nice book for introducing reading for young kids (6 yrs old and up). I’d prefer a book that introduce and repeat for a while one or two notes at the time. Usually what I like to use for violin are the books “I can read music” by Joanne Martin, those are awesome, and I was wondering if somebody could recommend something like those string books but for piano?

Lori Bolt said: Feb 11, 2016
Lori BoltPiano
San Clemente, CA
261 posts

For piano, take a look at Methode Rose Vol 1. After a couple pages of intro, it does focus on a few notes at a time and builds from there. One feature I like is that it isn’t a Middle C method. It uses the higher treble C where Book 1 Suzuki piano is written, so a familiar starting place for RH.

Lori Bolt

Gloria said: Feb 11, 2016
Suzuki Association Member
75 posts

I think that, after the kids have had a lot of exposure to all the elements on printed music, one of my favorite books are the ones by Constance Starr, The Music Road. Another series I think is very good, which can be used at the same time, is Minibooks Music Reading Series. These are the 2 series I like the most by far. Very clean pages, big print, slow moving. Perfect for beginners.

Maxine Casper said: Feb 11, 2016
Maxine Casper
Suzuki Association Member
Laguna Hills, CA
3 posts

I begin teaching music reading from day one with rhythm alone. My students pat and play a measure of rhythm on 3 X 5 cards. The student becomes an excellent rhythm reader and very quickly progress from one card to four cards at a time, a standard phrase length of music.

We quickly add the metronome to give that steady “heart beat.” The beat becomes internalized as they shuffle the cards and “pat and play every day.” It is a rhythm learning system based on the Kodaly notation called Rhythm Is Easy at www.rhythmiseasy.com. My parents tell me that the rhythm cards are the most enjoyable and fun part of the first piano lessons! The parents become excellent rhythm readers, too!

When the student gets two hands together on one or two songs, I start with the the treble staff notes in a large print workbook called Reading Keyboard Music Young Beginner Workbook, Volume 1. The student colors keys, matches notes to keys and draws notes as they “say and play every day” these 9 notes. Soon they are ready to play short easy songs in the Volume 1 music book, most with left hand melodies (preparing them well for Happy Farmer) and lovely teacher/parent accompaniments.

This place specific method teaches solid reading skills by “using our eyes to teach our ears the songs.” The RKM Volume 2 teaches ledger lines above and below the treble staff and RKM Volume 3 teaches bass clef staff notes and ledger lines. With excellent rhythm reading skills and then treble and bass staff notation, the student is really ready for the world of music reading.

My students receive excellent sight reading scores at the state music exams with the great results of Reading Keyboard Music by C.W. Reid

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