Fergus Black

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Recommended Piano Books for beginners


Years 2, 3 and 4

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Piano Magic by Jane Sebba
(published by A&C Black)
• Tutor Book 1 (in other words, the course itself. This book is intended for the student, not the teacher)
• Pieces Book 1
• Duets Book 1
(same for Book 2)


Chester's Easiest Piano Course


Chester’s Easiest Piano Course by Carol Barratt
(published by Chester)
• Book 1
• Book 2
• Book 3






Years 4-7

Alan Haughton's Play Piano

Play Piano by Alan Haughton (published by Kevin Mayhew).
• Play Piano Course Book One by Alan Haughton
• Play Piano Repertoire Book One by Alan Haughton
• Play Piano Theory Activity Book by Alan Haughton

• Play Piano Course Book Two by Alan Haughton
• Play Piano Repertoire Book Two by Alan Haughton





Year 8 - 9

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Play Piano Teenage by Alan Haughton (published by Kevin Mayhew).
Don’t be fooled: this is more-or-less the same book as Play Piano, but with ‘cool’ teenage graphics. To my mind, this is the best elementary course for the first few years of senior school - well planned and executed. I use it for most students

However, I encourage serious students, the very bright, and those who already play another instrument to Grade 3 or above, to use the Barratt book below.

• Play Piano! Teenage - Course Book, Book 1 - with free CD by Alan Haughton
• Play Piano! Teenagee - Course Book, Book 2 by Alan Haughton

• Play Piano! Teenage Repertoire Book 1 by Alan Haughton
• Play Piano! Teenage Repertoire Book 2 by Alan Haughton

Year 11-13

The Classic Piano Course by Carol Barratt

The Classic Piano Course by Carol Barratt (published by Chester)
Available in an Omnibus Edition, if you’re sure learning the piano is for you - but for some reason, known only to publishers, it is now slightly too small in size for comfortable reading - and doesn’t open flat with any degree of ease. Fortunately, it is also in three separate volumes, which have better readability and open-ness.

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