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Piano Method Book and Pieces for Talented Teenager
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:22:48 PM »
My 14-year-old cousin wants to learn playing the piano. Before some weeks, she showed me that she had managed to play some melodies by ear and I realised that she really liked piano and was kinda talented in music. So, we decided me to "teach" her some basic things before she starts training with a professional teacher. For half a month , she comes regularly at my home and I "teach" her. The problem is that I'm not a professional teacher and I'm afraid that when my cousin decides to attend classes in a conservatory (or something like that!), she won't be well prepared. My cousin really likes classical music, so I decided to suggest her buying a classical piano method book (for serious students), but I don't know which one exactly!... I want to avoid standard ones such as Alfred's which I think that they are too simplistic and childish... Any good suggestions?!

Also, I would appreciate if you could suggest me any easy nice pieces (or etudes) for piano beginners, but not too easy (such as do-do-do-do-re-re-re-re...), because she has already learned how to read music and she just needs practice! She plays songs and pieces (with both hands) which contain sharps, flats, various and complex (for her level) rhythmic patterns.

Thank you all in advance!
Evitaevita
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Re: Piano Method Book and Pieces for Talented Teenager
«Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 12:31:34 AM »
My 14-year-old cousin wants to learn playing the piano. Before some weeks, she showed me that she had managed to play some melodies by ear and I realised that she really liked piano and was kinda talented in music. So, we decided me to "teach" her some basic things before she starts training with a professional teacher. For half a month , she comes regularly at my home and I "teach" her. The problem is that I'm not a professional teacher and I'm afraid that when my cousin decides to attend classes in a conservatory (or something like that!), she won't be well prepared. My cousin really likes classical music, so I decided to suggest her buying a classical piano method book (for serious students), but I don't know which one exactly!... I want to avoid standard ones such as Alfred's which I think that they are too simplistic and childish... Any good suggestions?!

Also, I would appreciate if you could suggest me any easy nice pieces (or etudes) for piano beginners, but not too easy (such as do-do-do-do-re-re-re-re...), because she has already learned how to read music and she just needs practice! She plays songs and pieces (with both hands) which contain sharps, flats, various and complex (for her level) rhythmic patterns.

Thank you all in advance!
Evitaevita

1. Get a proper teacher, specifically one that is either familiar with or uses similar procedures to the bulk of what you learn in point 3.

2. "do-do-do-do-re-re-re-re" is not that easy to execute well. This will be evident if you properly explore certain sections of point 3.

3. Go to pianofundamentals.com, read it in its entirety. - doing so should not only help with playing, but also highlight the importance of point 1.

4. The ABRSM's graded syllabus is available online for free. Here you will find a series of pieces that are progressive in difficulty and that are generally accepted as providing a reasonable classical foundation (if you follow their instructions for each grade and learn the pieces well).

ABRSM Syllabus

You can also browse the sheet music on this site - over 2500 works - for free, and sort them into a rough difficulty order.

You can also buy a "repertoire guide" for about $30.
Here's one.
Repertoire Guide

5. A significant amount of classical sheet music is available for free at IMSLP.org - Explore.

6. A significant amount of recorded piano music is available for free via youtube, and pianosociety.com (and other sources) - Explore.

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Re: Piano Method Book and Pieces for Talented Teenager
«Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 12:01:04 PM »
Thanks for your time and help.

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1. Get a proper teacher, specifically one that is either familiar with or uses similar procedures to the bulk of what you learn in point 3.

That's what we are going to do!

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2. "do-do-do-do-re-re-re-re" is not that easy to execute well. This will be evident if you properly explore certain sections of point 3.

Totally agree. But, I was looking for some more melodious pieces that my cousin would enjoy playing.

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5. A significant amount of classical sheet music is available for free at IMSLP.org - Explore.

6. A significant amount of recorded piano music is available for free via youtube, and pianosociety.com (and other sources) - Explore.

Yes. And I already found many pieces which are appropriate for her level. I was just interested in finding out more pieces that I didn't know.
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Re: Piano Method Book and Pieces for Talented Teenager
«Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 12:52:44 AM »
Firstly, my apologies if I came of abrasive at all, that was not my intention.

To further answer your question..

you may consider this series - http://www.artistryalliance.net/artistry_overview.html

Unfortunately I don't personally own it (I have just seen the odd piece out of it - which were excellent, not just notes, music that really fosters musicality) so can't advise exactly which one you would need.. they look realllllly good to me though and I plan to by them in due course, when I have finished with my current mountain of "become a better teacher" books.

You can preview the layout and some content from the first repertoire book Here (google books) - this only shows the first 2 works out of 24, I do not know how fast it progresses as to be able to possibly say that you would be better with book 2 - considering your cousins age. Google books doesn't have a preview of the other levels...

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Re: Piano Method Book and Pieces for Talented Teenager
«Reply #4 on: October 18, 2012, 08:45:43 AM »
Thank you for your recommendation!
I really liked this series. It seems to be a nice option, as it is very instructive and gives the opportunity to students not only to learn the piano technique but also to occupy with their artistry.
I'm sorry for being a bit abrupt with you.
"I'm a free person; I feel terribly free. They could put me in chains and I still would be free because my thoughts would be mine - and that's all I want to have."
Arthur Rubinstein