Knowing how to find the right method book can be tricky – our guide will help you feel inspired to start your search.
“Which method book am I going to use?” This is probably one of the first questions you asked yourself when you first started teaching. It’s possibly even a question you ask yourself every time you get a new piano student.
You’re faced with a massive array of different method books to choose from, from Supersonics Piano, Piano Adventures, and Piano Safari (to name just the first three that popped into my head!)
But how can you choose the right method book for the right student?
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One way to discover new method books and hear about the features of each is from recommendations.
Your fellow piano teachers are always more than happy to help and give you pointers, especially when it comes to piano books.
Reading reviews on Amazon is one thing, but hearing firsthand from teachers who have tried and tested the books themselves is a great way to discover the good and bad points.
To get you started, here are TopMusic’s reviews for:
Teachers in the TopMusicPro community always share their thoughts on piano method books. This has led to the creation of the new feature, “Method Book of the Month.” Each month we’ll feature a method book and invite teachers to learn about it and explore whether it would suit their studio.
We predict there’ll be discussions on topics such as:
This feature is member-exclusive; sign up to join in the method book fun!
“Yes, absolutely. How else would I teach?” you may be thinking.
While we think method books are fantastic, we wanted to give you an alternate perspective:
|Method Book Pros
|Method Book Cons
|Provides a guide
|Sometimes rush students through too quickly
|Can prevent creative exploration
|Teaches new concepts
|Students miss out on repertoire they recognize (e.g. pop songs)
If you’re still wondering why you’d choose to teach lessons without using a method book, this blog will answer your questions and explain why starting beginner students with reading is just wrong.
As we said, we think method books are great. And what absolutely love is hearing the thought process behind their creation, direct from the creator’s mouth.
Why they chose to create their method book. How they made certain decisions. The benefits of their method book. Learning all their reasons is not only interesting but also useful when it comes to selecting which method to use with which student.
We wanted to share with you three interviews with method book creators:
We would love to know your thoughts on method books and which ones you find yourself using the most in your studio! Let us know in the comments, and come and join in the Method Book of the Month chat in the TopMusicPro community!