What you do is important

As a teacher, you have the potential to do something important. I’m actually talking about helping people. There are some children that are not able to afford lessons. I made it my goal to provide students with the best opportunity to learn. I want them to be able to learn the piano even though their circumstances might have set them back.

In the end, teachers are constantly giving. We give and we give, but I never really expect anything back. Therefore, I’m challenging all my fellow teachers to take this challenge:

1. Listen to your students. When they are talking about something, don’t interrupt them. Listen to what they have to say.

2. Gift a book. I know it takes some money out of your pocket, but gifting a book is definitely a great way to give back.

3. Make sure that they are learning the material. I think that many students just want to please us, but they are too shy to admit that they need extra help. Ask them what they find confusing and help them understand the material.

4. Say thank you when they are especially kind to you. It says wonders and it speaks mountains πŸ™‚

What Teaching Books Do I Use

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Most teachers will say that their choices of books are the best. Amongst teachers, we often debate on which book is the best. But if we really think about it, this debate is pointless. We should be supporting each other’s ideas rather than trying to bring each other down. When I think of music books and authors, I think of people who put a lot of effort into creating a book for teachers and students. I don’t think of them as competition. It’s quite the opposite.

Faber

The Faber series is my absolute favorite. I know that not everyone will like it, but it has its advantages. For example, I would start a young child on the Faber series because the characters and activities are fun enough for their age. I don’t exactly use their primer level books because I just haven’t tried it before. I’ll use their Book A, Book B, and Book C pre-reading books. And then, I’ll continue onto their level 1, level 2, and etc. I’m so lucky that I stumbled upon the Faber books. The authors, a husband and wife, did such a great job on introducing all the techniques. I’m a huge fan of the Faber series, so I might be pretty biased when it comes to critiquing other book authors.

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Alfred

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I will say this… if you are looking for a series of books that are tested and virtuous, the Alfred series is for you. You can’t go wrong with using Alfred. The series has been out longer than I can remember. They’ve lasted very long among all the new competitors. I have many students that started on the Alfred series and there’s nothing wrong with that. Each teacher has their own reasoning and method to the books that they choose. It’s important to know that we are not wrong in the kind of books that we choose. Just because a teacher is using Faber, it doesn’t mean that they don’t know anything about the piano.

The Alfred series consists of methodical approaches to learning the piano. It consists of many texts and some activities, but it is just not as interactive as the Faber series. I’ve found that Alfred is also very trustworthy. I’ve never doubted their approach and I teach my students to trust the author of the book. I would never want to teach them to hate other authors because that is not the kind of attitude I want in my students.

Bastien

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Here we go, I think Bastien is one of the most controversial series among all of them. Not gonna lie, I’m not a huge fan of Bastien. I actually started ONE of my students on Bastien because I was enticed by the cover of the book. It was really well illustrated, but the material inside was horrible. I’ve spoken to numerous other piano teachers and they all agree. We never use Bastien if we can help it. I use their other book, the sight reading method, and that has worked for me. I can’t switch my student out of Bastien now, but I’ve told them that I highly regret choosing this author. My student had trouble with reading notes and the book doesn’t help to reinforce this skill. On the contrary, it inhibited his ability to read notes. I’m not saying that it’sΒ all bad because I do love their sight reading series. I use their sight reading book every day, so that’s not a huge loss.

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You’ve probably seen this really cute piano book cover before. And I agree, it’s pretty enticing for young children. I actually started one of my first students on this course and to be honest, I never finished the book. My student loved it though. And when I started to get more recommendations, I had another student that went through this series. They also loved it, but her note reading skill just wasn’t high enough. I wondered if it was the book… I couldn’t tell. I have yet to report more information on this series. If I have time to test out the effectiveness of this book a little more, then I will let you know. However, for now, that’s as much information as I have.

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Is amazon trustworthy for buying piano books?

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Amazon is a popular ordering service and it has many benefits. I’ve found that it is sometimes reliable, but what if you need the books for that particular week? For example, I ordered a book that I needed for a student. And I was expecting that it should arrive on a certain date before the next lesson. When the time rolled around, I didn’t get my book. In this case, I heavily relied on Amazon. They were able to send me most of all my stuff in the past, but what happened? I have eight books that were missing. It’s quite embarrassing to tell your students over and over again that the book should be getting here soon. My students are not responsible for this issue and maybe it’s the postman that is to blame. However, whatever the issue, I think you should keep using Amazon. Wow, what a twist! I mean, there were many times that amazon delivered my package right and I can’t blame them for the times that they messed up once/twice. I also like that they give you only one fee for shipping.

As a piano teacher, I don’t have time to go to the music store. My students know this, and I will occasionally go to the music store if I need the book for THAT week. However, I use Amazon as an easy method of getting my books. So if you are deciding whether or not to use Amazon, please consider that they are very reliable and affordable. They are a great service and I would definitely trust them with ordering my books.

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