(Currently in progress) This page supplies lists of teaching materials, books, supplies that we recommend to students and teachers, all available from Amazon (U.S.). We use many of these books and materials in our own teaching and have supplied reviews of many of them.
PIANO METHODS: BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE LEVELS
- My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner by Nancy and Randall Faber -- Marilyn highly recommends this book and its continuation for very young beginners and/or for students who may find the methods under the next bullet too challenging. It is advertised for students 5-6 years of age; however, Marilyn has used it successfully with a 3-year-old. In our opinion, this book is more appropriate and exceedingly excellent for the absolute youngest of students, such as 3-5 years, but seems to be a bit "babyish" for students older than 6. The Fabers have a special knack for writing imaginative and engaging method books for young students and their Piano Adventures are among the most popular method today; however, it is our opinion that for older students and adults the Piano Adventures is lacking in many ways and has much to be desired. * HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- John W. Schaum Piano Course (Pre-A) | John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Part One) | John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano: Teaching Little Fingers to Play | Alfred's Basic Piano Library: Prep Course for the Young Beginner -- These are all excellent books for very young beginners, around ages 4-6, although the "Teaching Little Fingers to Play" is despite the title and excellent pictures is more difficult than the other three. Marilyn uses these books and their continuing levels with young beginners and suggests picking and choosing from each book as necessary based on the students' talents and needs. * HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- A Dozen a Day (Mini Book) | A Dozen a Day (Preparatory Book) | A Dozen a Day (Book 1) | A Dozen a Day (Book 2) | A Dozen a Day (Book 3) | A Dozen a Day (Book 4) by Edna-Mae Burnam -- These are some of the finest early technique and sight-reading books currently on the market, which Cory and Marilyn both use regularly with many younger students (ages 6-12). They are very easy to follow and keeps young pianists' interest and are also great for beginning to intermediate level adult students. They are listed here in the correct order of difficulty. * HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- Michael Aaron Piano Course (Primer, for Young Beginners) | Michael Aaron Piano Course (Grade 1) | Michael Aaron Piano Course (Grade 2) | Michael Aaron Piano Course (Grade 3) | Michael Aaron Piano Course (Grade 4) -- This is one of the finest piano methods, which Cory and Marilyn use with many younger students up through adults. One of the great aspects about this series is that the "Grade 1" book is not just for children but can be used very successfully with adult beginners. * HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- John Thompson's Adult Piano Course (Book 1) -- This is one of the finest methods for adult beginners, along with Books 2 and 3 for more advanced adults, which Cory and Marilyn use with many of their adult students. * HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
classical composers & compilations (in chronological order)