Piano Curriculum for Intermediate/Advanced

Joe Lindula said: Mar 9, 2017
 2 posts

Hello, I hope this question is appropriate for the forum. My daughter has been using Alfred’s Premier Piano Course for the last six years, she’s now 12. She will soon be finishing the complete course lessons book 1 through 6. She did all Technique, Theory, and Performance books. I would like to find another piano course that will pick up where Alfred’s ended. I like the structure of a course. Can anyone recommend a course or give me some suggestions? I really want her to continue growing as a pianist.

Thanks,
Joe

Kathryn Reeves said: Jan 24, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
6 posts

I use Irl Allison for traditional students after the Alfred Series. Probably Intermediate A or C would be about right, and I think that she could probably start in Suzuki Book 4, treating it as a reading series.

Angelica said: Jan 25, 2018
Angelica Plass
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Albuquerque, NM
8 posts

I would do it the other way around, use Suzuki 4 or 5 as the main course book, but early intermediate or lower of any publisher for reading. In Suzuki, listening to the CD is very important. From Book 1 up Suzuki students learn to play beautifully and listen. Each piece, each level builds upon the previous piece/ level. Dr. Suzuki was very mindful of his choice of pieces and this should be respected. I hope I’m not too strong in expressing my opinion.

AngelicaP

Joanne Shannon said: Jan 25, 2018
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
104 posts

I’m with you Angelica. I can’t really tell from Joe Lindula’s comment what level his daughter is in; is she a traditional or Suzuki student?; etc. Trying to mix the two defeats the purpose of the Suzuki method. I would add that by the age of 12 a student would find benefit by using the Czerny books.

Kathryn Reeves said: Jan 26, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
6 posts

If she has done level 6 Alfred she is a traditional student, and at age 12, she probably started lessons in about 2nd grade. Joe’s looking to keep her in some type of method series. At that age, I was most comfortable in a series format, not one that skipped around. Alfred level 6 reads at between Suzuki 3 and 4, and Irl Allison would take her all the way to college if she wished to finish it, while exposing her to every musical period in each book.
I am sold on Suzuki, which is why I am getting trained, and all of my beginners regardless of age are doing the Suzuki method. However, I don’t think it wise to drop a middle school student into the Suzuki method, when they are already playing Clementi Sonatinas and Fur Elise. I would instead continue at their reading level, and see how willing they were to begin the Suzuki program as a an intensive ear training and technique development exercise.
I realize I don’t have the Suzuki teaching experience of others here, I’m just looking at it from a youth development perspective and how to keep a skilled 12 year old advancing and making music.

Joanne Shannon said: Jan 26, 2018
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
104 posts

Yes, it is very difficult to convert a traditional student at that age (or for most ages for that matter) Best take them where they are and move forward. Actually, by the time my Suzuki students have finished book 2, a passive observer would have a difficult time distinguishing what method is being used. A huge part of the method has become a natural part of their being which makes it very easy to give them a complete musical education, especially with those keenly trained ears!

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