Our list of some of the best Piano Teaching books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
Professional Piano Teaching offers a practical guide to the art of piano teaching. Volume 1, now available as an updated second edition, is an excellent introduction to the profession of teaching piano. This revised second edition has been expanded to include chapters on teaching adult students and teaching popular, sacred, and other familiar music. Designed to serve as a basic text for a first-semester or lower-division piano pedagogy course, it provides an overview of learning principles and a thorough approach to essential aspects of teaching elementary-level students. Special features…
2. Teaching Little Fingers to Play: A Book for the Earliest Beginner (John Thompsons Modern Course for The Piano) (2005)
(Willis). A book for the early beginner combining rote and note approach. The melodies are written with careful thought and are kept as simple as possible, yet they are refreshingly delightful. All the music lies within the grasp of the child’s small hands. A best-seller around the world! Teacher accompaniments are available in a separate book – Teaching Little Fingers to Play Ensemble (412228). NOTE: The latest reprint (2017) features fewer fingerings and refreshed images….
3. Creative Piano Teaching (2011)
This reference book is an invaluable resource for teachers, students and performers for evaluating and selecting piano solo literature. Concise and thoroughly researched, thousands of works, from the Baroque through the Contemporary periods, have been graded and evaluated in detail. Includes an alphabetical list of composers, explanations of works, and much more….
5. Piano Masterworks for Teaching and Performance, Vol 1: A Comprehensive Anthology of Standard Literature (2015)
The 100 pieces (including individual sonatina movements) in this anthology provide a valuable resource for pianists and piano teachers as well as piano pedagogy faculty and students. The literature ranges from late elementary to intermediate levels of difficulty. Repertoire was chosen from all style periods and each piece includes suggestions for fingering and pedaling. All selections are in their original form (no arrangements, simplifications, or other adaptations). 172 pages. Comb-bound….
6. Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The new, easy and fun way to teach yourself to play, Book & CD (2008)
Continuing the incredible popularity of Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, this new book adapts the same friendly and informative style for adults who wish to teach themselves. With the study guide pages that have been added to introduce the music, it’s almost like having a piano teacher beside you as you learn the skills needed to perform popular and familiar music. There are also five bonus pieces: At Last * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * Laura * Over the Rainbow * Singin’ in the Rain. Included is a CD containing the piano part and an engaging arrangement for each of the 65 musical examples. 192 pages….
This second volume of Professional Piano Teaching is designed to serve as a basic text for a second-semester or upper-division piano pedagogy course. It provides an overview of learning principles and a thorough approach to essential aspects of teaching intermediate to advanced students. Special features include discussions on how to teach, not just what to teach; numerous musical examples; chapter summaries; and suggested projects for new and experienced teachers. Topics: teaching students beyond the elementary levels * an overview of learning processes and…
8. The Art of Teaching Piano (2004)
(Yorktown). This is the definitive work on consummate piano teaching. Edited by world-renowned piano pedagogue Denes Agay, this comprehensive volume covers a wide range of musical styles and concepts, coaching processes, and teaching materials. As well as exploring every possible technical aspect of teaching piano, the book contains a great deal of commonsense advice on communicating with pupils, encouraging good behavior, and establishing a genuinely creative teacher/pupil relationship. Twelve distinguished contributing authors cover topics that include instilling performance and keyboard…
Transformational Piano Teaching: Mentoring Students from All Walks of Life examines the concept of the piano teacher as someone who is more than just a teacher of a musical skill, but also someone who wields tremendous influence on the development of a young person’s artistic and empathic potential, as well as their lifelong personal motivational framework. The specific attributes of today’s students are explored, including family and peer influences from interpersonal relationships to social media. Additionally, students from specific circumstances are discussed, including those with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders,…
10. Teaching Little Fingers to Play Christmas Carols: A Christmas Book for the Earliest Beginner (2005)
(Willis). 12 piano solos with optional teacher accompaniments: Angels We Have Heard on High * Deck the Hall * The First Noel * Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * Jingle Bells * Jolly Old Saint Nicholas * Joy to the World! * O Come, All Ye Faithful * O Come Little Children * Silent Night * Up on the Housetop * We Three Kings of Orient Are….
(Willis). Your students will love playing these early elementary level supplements with fantastic optional teacher accompaniments arranged by Glenda Austin. They complement and enhance the original Teaching Little Fingers to Play method, offering important guides and reminders to reinforce musical concepts. Our Teaching Little Fingers series successfully encourages advancement and also provides delightful recital material! 10 songs, including: The Bare Necessities * Can You Feel the Love Tonight * Kiss the Girl * Mickey Mouse March * Winnie the Pooh * and more….
12. Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Beginner’s Kit: For Adults of All Ages, Boxed Set (Starter Pack) (2013)
Continuing the incredible popularity of Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, the new Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course book adapts the same friendly and informative style for adults who wish to teach themselves. Included is a CD containing all 65 musical examples. The accompanying DVD includes an introduction to all the pages in the book and performances of the pieces by well-known teacher, Gayle Kowalchyk. The Music Manuscript Book contains 64 blank, 12-stave manuscript sheets. Pages are 9″ x 12″ and printed on 100% recycled paper. Alfred’s Mini Music Guide: Piano Chord Dictionary provides…
This definitive volume contains a unique combination of encyclopedic knowledge and down-to-earth ideas that can help every piano teacher achieve extraordinary results in teaching, practicing, and performing. Jam-packed with practical teaching tips, it also includes the inspirational thoughts and recollections of one of the greatest piano teachers of the last 50 years….
14. Teaching Piano: Softcover Book (1992)
Max Camp has developed a system of teaching and performing at the piano formulated to develop all types of piano students. Camp emphasizes the concept of rhythm as pulse and musicality from day one so students already have a sense of the music as a whole when they progress into more demanding literature….
Best Piano Teaching Books That Will Hook You
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How to Play Piano
Author(s): Pamela D. Pike
Publisher: The Teaching Company, Year: 2018-09, Size: 18 Mb, Download: pdf
Speaking the Piano: Reflections on Learning and Teaching
Author(s): Susan Tomes
Publisher: Boydell Press, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice
Author(s): Pamela D. Pike
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
Teaching Performance: A Philosophy of Piano Pedagogy
Author(s): Jeffrey Swinkin
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
Teaching Piano in Groups
Author(s): Christopher Fisher
Publisher: , Year: 2010, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
Menahem Pressler : artistry in piano teaching
Author(s): Brown, William Paul
Publisher: Indiana University Press, Year: 2009, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching
Author(s): William Brown
Publisher: Indiana University Press, Year: 2008, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.