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“As a piano teacher, finding the right method books to use with my students is always something I have struggled with. Although I have found success with many of the well known methods like Alfred, Schaum and Bastien, note recognition, counting, proper hand and body position have always been a challenge. I have found these challenges addressed in Beginning Basics for the Piano as its unique approach to beginner theory, ear training, hand position and technique and note reading help students build a solid foundation in essential skills without the need to juggle between several method books. The book’s design is very organized and sequential making it easy for student’s to feel accomplished as they move along. One of the strengths of this methodology is that students do not start in a fixed hand position which often becomes a hindrance in later repertoire.”
“[Piano Practice and Performance] covers, in a very thorough and easily understood format, topics such as scheduling and practice routines, body posture, pedaling, memorization and performance routines. . . . highly recommended as very important to any student’s piano training.”
John Novello – Keyboardist, composer, instructor and author of Stylistic Etudes and The Contemporary Keyboardist.
“When I first start playing in the morning, it seems the fingers just don’t move the way they should. It seems we’re always in a hurry to dive into our music and stumble to achieve the proficiency we had the day before. The foam exercise balls help to maintain our strength and agility, but, they must be used consistently. It is definitely an effective way of warming up.”
Allen L. Perkins II