Piano Music Books

Piano for Kids – Musicolor Method Piano Songbook Volume 1

Faber Piano Adventures Series – Primer Level

There are three core books in this series:
The Lesson Book, Theory Book, and Technique & Artistry Book

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Alfred’s Basic Adult All-In-One Course, Book 1

This combines theory, technique, and performance in one volume:

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I talk with each student to determine what styles, composers, and artists you are interested in, and then recommend specific titles. These are good places to start:

The Library of Piano Classics
Classics to Moderns in the Intermediate Grade

Beginning Blues
Three books in this series:
Complete Blues Keyboard Method

Beginning Jazz
This series is quite good for starting out in jazz keyboard. It has a lot of detail but it takes you through step by step in a way that is easy to understand. There are three books in the series:
Complete Jazz Keyboard Method

Pop Piano
This book is very useful for exploring pop, funk, and gospel:
The Pop Piano Book

Optional Resources


For a high-quality, low-budget metronome, the Seiko SQ50-V Quartz is a good choice.

This site reviews metronomes from sophisticated to basic.


Flashcards are a great way to reinforce note names, rhythms, and various musical terms.

Alfred Music has a set that is color coded.


Here is a useful link for selecting a keyboard to buy.

Keyboards worth looking into for beginners:

  • Alesis Recital 88 Key Beginner Digital Piano
  • Yamaha PSR EW300 SA 76-Key Portable Keyboard
  • Yamaha P45
  • Casio Privia PX160 Digital Piano