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Piano Course Book One (Piano Course Bk. 1) [Library Binding]

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Jan 1995 Piano Course Bk. 1 (Book 1)
-- Clear, easy text and straightforward exercises allow readers to advance at a steady pace-- Cartoon characters explain musical terms and symbols and give helpful hints about how to play-- Familiar tunes and original compositions help consolidate skills and build confidence
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Educational Development Corporation (Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881107387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881107388
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Anthony Marks was born in Leeds, England and studied at the Queen's College, Oxford and Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He is a composer, arranger and author with a special interest in music for children and music education.

His work is published by Usborne Publishing, ABRSM, The Royal School of Church Music, Boosey & Hawkes, and others. Find out more at www.facebook.com/music.anthony.marks

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for children, excellent for adults 18 Sep 2004
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Format:Paperback
I have found Usborne piano courses exciting and very useful. They give slow and gradual instructions as to how to tackle piano playing and provide plenty of practice. Pictures help the beginner understand what is required from them and can be used as a self-learning method. I cannot recommend them enough.
For similar piano courses, please also check the excellent collection Tunes for Ten fingers by Pauline Hall.
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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usborne Piano Course: Book 1 22 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have found both book one and two of this series to cover comparable information to both the John Thompson and Bastien Primer piano books. Usborne's colorful, cheerful drawings, and simple instructions are far superior, however. This is an unbeatable primer series. Every few pages include reminders to the child of how to sit, hold their fingers, and what notes and signs they've learned up to that point. The children feel that they are playing "real songs" right from the start. Usborne teaches both hands together, instead of the old-fashioned method of teaching the right hand fingering first. I have taught four children with it, and they have found the two books readable and unthreatening.
69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book adequate for ages 7 -11 years of age 4 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
This book is geared towards children. As a parent who bought the book for an almost 5-year old child, I found the pages a bit cluttered. It was hard for my child to stay focused because there was so much going on that it seemed to distract her. I would have preferred a more organized, straight-foward approach.
There are several appropriate tunes that children will enjoy.
I would recommend this book for children ages 7 through 11.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Usborne Piano Course Book 1 29 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My seven year old daughter has almost completed book 1 and we have just ordered book 2. The book kept her attention. It presented information in an entertaining, reinforcing manner. It was helpful in encouraging good fingering; reading most lines on the treble and base clefs; reading whole-1/2-& 1/4 notes; & understanding some of those bothersome Italian words. I hope book 2 is as good.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Hal Leonard 4 Feb 2005
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 7 year old son and I tried this book. It moves too quickly, and mixes several concepts in one lesson. In one lesson, for example, the student is expected to learn where the notes appear on the staff; and at the same time, the selection uses both quarter and half notes. This was confusing to my son, because the notes were both in different positions on the staff, and they looked different, some 'colored in' and some not. He couldn't grasp both concepts in one lesson, and this led to frustration, something you don't want when you are trying to expose you child to music. Plus, the book moves too quickly. Children need time to adjust to playing, looking at music and determining whether it is rising in pitch or falling, for instance, before they are every ready to start learning to read music. Hal Leonard moves nice and slow, and allows for mastery of one concept before introducing another. With something so new and unfamiliar, as playing an instrument is for a novice, this is essential. If you decide to buy Hal Leonard, be sure to buy the book with the accompanying CD, and this is another advantage over Usborne; you can by a CD with the book with accompaniment for each song, one recording at slow practice speed that features a piano playing the student's part, the next an orchestra accompaniment minus piano up to proper tempo for the student to play along with once a song is mastered. One last piece of advice I read on the internet: kids do much better if they hear the songs they are to play over and over again before ever attempting them; knowing the songs by ear. This made a world of difference for my son. It's easier to learn a song when you already know how it is supposed to sound. So during my son's lesson, I play all the pieces he's learning or has mastered, plus several songs ahead, to familiarize him with what's coming up. The book is so simple, it is easy to do. I don't even play the piano myself. We are learning together. Good luck.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TERRIFIC START FOR KIDS 4 April 2003
By Murray Pura - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My daughter is 8. With absolutely no previous musical training she began this book one month ago. She has now completed it and she is able to: play notes on both the treble clef staff and the bass clef staff (5 notes for each hand); play with both hands on simple arrangements (that also means striking multiple treble and bass clef notes simultaneously); recognize Italian instructions like forte and piano; play two-handed arrangements of Au Clair de la Lune, Yankee Doodle, Good King Wenceslas and a number of original tunes. All this and much more just by practicing three times a week for 30 minutes at each session. She felt no fear or threat from the book's colourful layout and is now moving on to Book Two. This is a pleasant and painless way to introduce your child to the language of music and the piano. Highly recommended.
If you're wondering where to go after these two books, pianists at a local music store, upon looking through the Usborne books, said a student would be ready for Book Two or Three of the Hal Leonard Piano Lessons series, also a colourful and child-friendly set of books, which culminates with Book Five. Upon completion of Book Five the pianists told me a student would be ready for Grade 4 in the Royal Conservatory of Music lesson plan (if that's the route you'd like to take).
You won't regret starting your kids off with the two Usborne piano books. You'll be amazed at how quickly they learn and love what they're learning. Highest rating for a piano instruction book.
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