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, Vol 1: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook (2016)
- Teaching Little Fingers to Play: A Book for the Earliest Beginner (John Thompsons Modern Course for The Piano) (2005)
- Creative Piano Teaching (2011)
- Pianists Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature (1995)
- Piano Masterworks for Teaching and Performance, Vol 1: A Comprehensive Anthology of Standard Literature (2015)
- Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The new, easy and fun way to teach yourself to play, Book & CD (2008)
- Professional Piano Teaching, Vol 2: A Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Textbook (2015)
- The Art of Teaching Piano (2004)
- Transformational Piano Teaching: Mentoring Students from All Walks of Life (2019)
- Teaching Little Fingers to Play Christmas Carols: A Christmas Book for the Earliest Beginner (2005)
- Teaching Little Fingers To Play Disney Tunes Book Only (2007)
- Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Beginner’s Kit: For Adults of All Ages, Boxed Set (Starter Pack) (2013)
- The Success Factor: Making Practice Perfect (2015)
- Teaching Piano: Softcover Book (1992)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Success Factor: Making Practice Perfect (2015)
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.
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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Notes on the Piano: A Series of Essays on the Playing and Teaching of the Piano
Author(s): Russell, Christopher
ID: 2794974, Publisher: Michael Terence Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
How to Play Piano
Author(s): Pamela D. Pike
ID: 2401421, Publisher: The Teaching Company, Year: 2018-09, Size: 18 Mb, Format: pdf
Speaking the Piano: Reflections on Learning and Teaching
Author(s): Susan Tomes
ID: 2401150, Publisher: Boydell Press, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Format: 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.