(Book 1)Barbara Kreader, Fred Kern, Phillip Keveren & Mona Rejino - Hal Leonard Corporation
When music excites our interest and imagination, we eagerly put our hearts into learning it. The music in the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library encourages practice, progress, confidence, and best of all - success! From the very first lessons in Book 1, students are making their own music as they explore the piano keyboard through fun improvisation pieces called My Own Song. The beginning of the method introduces finger numbers, the black-key and white key groups, and basic rhythmic patterns. Directional reading is taught first by finger number, then by note name, and then by interval (step, skip, and repeat). Once students are introduced to the staff, they learn reading guides bass F and treble G and read by interval in several different hand positions. Supplemental books correlate page-by-page with the respective lesson book. Much of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library features pieces and songs that are recognizable including popular, traditional, patriotic and movie themes. Their settings are tasteful and include exceptional teaching accompaniments. Instrumental accompaniments for every piece are available on CD and General MIDI disk.