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So what kind of books will your child be using?
This post explains the books that most students go through and why I use them. 

In order to make learning flashcards fun, I like to include games or examples on the piano. Sometimes I'll even bring toys or food to show further explain music theory. 

Depending on age and how advanced a student is, also depends on the books used. 

Music for Little Mozarts

Little fingers begin with *Music for Little Mozarts* 
Preschoolers and Kindergarteners alike enjoy learning music with 
Mozart the Mouse and Beethoven the Bear. 

Alfred's Basic Piano Library 
Lesson Book-Level 1A 
This is a fun learning book for Early Elementary Children. 
It breaks down concepts and uses many visuals that help a child understand more clearly. 

Alfred's Basic Piano Library 
Theory Book-Level 1A 

Along with the lesson book, this book is excellent in thoroughly explaining theory.
Its colorful pages are filled with many worksheets for a student to work on.
Each page is explained very clearly and geared to beginning piano players.

Alfred's Basic Piano Library
The more a student practices and passes songs, the faster he finishes the book and faster he moves to the next level book.

Teaching Little Fingers to Play

Yes, this is where my blog title comes from! It's just so fun and explains what I do! 
This book is good for elementary/beginner students. 
Perferable students who know a little basic theory, fingering, timing, and posture. 

Teaching Little Fingers to Play Disney Tunes

This book is a classic! Little fingers love playing famous Disney tunes.
These infamous songs are simplified, yet make students feel like a talented musician!

A Dozen A Day

Just like sport players exercise before a big game, musicians must warm up their fingers before a 20+ minute practice. These books start at the very beginning and gradually become more challenging.

John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano 

This book is for more advanced beginners. If a student knows piano theory, timing, fingering, and posture, he will usually begin with this book. It's a great book that gradually teaches new piano concepts and is a wonderful stepping stone book.
This really is an introduction into classical music and finger techniques.


As the student advances, the books become harder and students have a choice of what they would like to continue learning i.e. Classical, Disney, Recital pieces, Hymn Playing, and Accompaniment.

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