In addition to piano curriculums, sometimes pianists need an extra boost to improve their rhythm, sight-reading, and overall technique. Below we have shared some of our instructor's recommendations!
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Wright-Way Note Finder
This resource is perfect for learning note position! This clever training aid is found to be indispensable by many teachers. Moving the note up and down the grand staff is interactive and encourages attention as it demonstrates the basic note reading concepts of direction and distance.
Random note position (31 notes at your finger tip) teaches rapid note recognition. Best results are obtained when parents quiz their student each day as outlined in the included instruction book "Five Minutes A Day."
These comprehensive flashcards include all notes, symbols, and terms needed for the first two years of study on any musical instrument. Cards are color-coded by category and are numbered on the back. We feel these are a great option for independent learners!
Dozen a Day
The Dozen a Day books are universally recognized as one of the most remarkable technique series on the market for all ages! Each book in this series contains short warm-up exercises to be played at the beginning of each practice session, providing excellent day-to-day training for piano students.
The most widely used piano technique book ever written, The Virtuoso Pianist was designed to develop agility and strength in all the fingers as well as flexibility of the wrists.
Exercises are sequenced so that in each successive exercise, the fingers are rested from the fatigue caused by the previous one. Translated from the original French, this Masterwork edition includes the complete Exercises 1-60 and is clearly engraved for easy reading. Hanon's original introduction is included.
Hanon recommends that a student have at least one year of experience before starting this book.
Basic Timing for the Pianist
This is one of our favorite "go to" books to help students master rhythms! There are 105 short exercises, leading to thorough and complete mastery of basic timing problems.
NOTEBUSTERS and Note Reading Tests!
These resources came recommended from one of our SC Music Lessons' parents, Ashley. She has incorporated these books into her homeschool curriculum and has been seeing a big improvement in her daughters' note reading abilities!
Keeping checking back as we are always adding new resources!