Over the past year, I have reviewed about 10 different piano tutor methods for beginners. Here are my recommended options for beginners and up to Grade 1 level. Many of the more advanced beginner books are recommended for sight-reading for Grade 1 students.
Learning to Play Piano introduces easy piano technique and music theory in an accessible and imaginative way, inspiring students to learn and practice. Hands separate playing is introduced from the first exercises. Included are attractive illustrations and colourful stickers.
Basics of Music Theory
Learning the Notes
Tempo & Time Signatures
The 4th Learning to Play Piano book series for children continues through an equally thorough progression of melodic pieces and studies. It develops more sophisticated piano technique and music theory topics in an accessible and imaginative way, inspiring students to learn and practice. It also contains stickers and is highly recommended for Grade 1 students to use for sight-reading.
Arpeggios & ChordNames
Homophony & Polyphony
Rounded Binary Form & Rondo Form
Transposing & Whole-tone Scale
Ying Ying Ng: Music Theory For Young Children – Book 1
Music Theory for Young Children is a new series of theory workbooks for young children that incorporates clear symbols and instructions, creative illustrations, intense colour and engaging learning techniques, including the use of stickers in exercises, in a highly structured and well-researched presentation.
Book 1 covers:
The musical alphabet (7 letter names)
time names and time values (semibreve, dotted minim, minim, crotchet)
line notes and space notes
treble clef notes (middle C to treble G)
bass clef notes (middle C to bass G)