Piano Music Books
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
Three books in this series:
Complete Blues Keyboard Method
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
This book is very useful for exploring pop, funk, and gospel:
The Pop Piano Book
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