Supplemental Music Reading Books for Piano

Tina said: Nov 22, 2019
Tina Figliomeni
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Vaughan, ON
4 posts

Hi Everyone,

I have been wondering about what other types of supplemental music reading books I can use with my book two piano students. I have been using the Music Road reading book for reading practice, but would like to add in other supplementary music from time to time.

Please let me know if you recommend any supplementary music reading books for piano students in book two and above.

Many Thanks,
Tina

Jessica Mauer said: Nov 22, 2019
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Kalamazoo, MI
2 posts

Hi Tina,
I use a variety of books from Faber and Faber’s Piano Adventures series for reading practice. Their new Disney books have been very popular with my students, but the other series, classics, hymns, favorites etc. have less tricky rhythms and fewer accidentals. They also have nice collections of simplified classical pieces for advanced beginner/intermediate level students. Because there’s such a wide range of levels, there’s options for easy sightreading, a piece on the same level as their Suzuki book, and everything inbetween :) For reference, they put Minuet Two from Book Two in their Level 3B Performance Book (or they did in the old editions).
If I want just one or two pieces, instead of a whole book, I go to ‘music for music teachers.com’ and print off a free copy of something a student might like. This is great for Christmas music, when I know a student would ‘outgrow’ a book of Christmas music before next Christmas, and then be stuck with a book they only learned one or two songs out of.
Hope this helps :)
Jessica

Tina said: Dec 2, 2019
Tina Figliomeni
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Vaughan, ON
4 posts

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for the helpful tips for piano reading books. I have been using the “Music Road” books by Constance Starr which are great for learning how to read music, but I have been on the look out for a series of books that can be used for additional reading practice.

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