Recommended Piano Books for beginners
Years 2, 3 and 4
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 by Carol Barratt
(published by Chester)
• Book 1
• Book 2
• Book 3
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
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
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.