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About the Author

The husband and wife team Nancy and Randall Faber are internationally known as authors of the Piano Adventures teaching method and over two hundred publications for the piano. They recently founded the Faber Piano Institute in Ann Arbor, MI, where they live with their daughter Vivian. Nancy Faber, who was named "Distinguished Composer of the Year" by the Music Teachers National Association, enjoys a busy schedule of commissions for the concert stage in addition to her educational composing. Recent commissions include "The Snow Queen" for narrator and orchestra, "The Picture My Imagination Has Painted" for Flute Quartet and Piano, and "Trio for Flute, Saxophone and Piano". Her pieces have been heard on U.S. public radio and network television. She studied composition with Joan Tower, William Albright, and British composer Nicholas Maw; piano studies were at the Eastman School and Michigan State University. Randall Faber has toured Korea, Taiwan, Canada and the United Kingdom. He was master teacher for both the World Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. He gave recitals in St. Louis, Ann Arbor, as Convention Artist for the North Dakota Music Teachers, and performed as Visiting Artist at the University of Michigan, University of Southern Mississippi, Saginaw State University, and numerous universities throughout South Korea. He was featured clinician for the Nebraska Music Teachers, the Florida Music Teachers and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Convention, and recently presented his research at the 9th International Conference on Motivation in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Faber holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. The Fabers advocate piano study not only for personal expression and performance success, but also as a vehicle for the student's creative and cognitive development.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Piano Adventures; 2 edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616770783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616770785
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Very easy to follow; will stick to this series for quite a while.
Loner
I started using this book series about 3 years ago, and I really like it!
Mary Barnoff
This is by far my favorite method book for teaching piano lessons.
David Robertson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Tagster on October 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
I absolutely LOVE the Faber Piano Adventures curriculum. My pedagogy teacher in college said, "Never believe anything until you hear how it sounds." Now that I have taken a few students through this curriculum from beginning to end, I would say it sounds nothing less than beautiful. My students are extremely well equipped for intermediate classical literature upon graduating and they extremely independent learners. It's almost like they teach themselves at times.
I typically alter the teaching order of the primer level to get them reading on the staff a bit faster. But all in all this is a fantastic curriculum! You will not find a better reading approach than the Intervallic reading Faber introduces... while still having songs that sound familiar to the ears.
A few tips:
Synchronize the books... make sure you at least use the technique, lesson, and theory... they are not complete without each other... and do not go ahead to a new unit until you are ready to move in all books. The only exception is just using the lesson book if you have a very gifted student that can move through more quickly, but even then, practice never hurt anyone.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jill on September 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
The first edition Theory book was technical... all about teaching the student the basics of reading music. The second edition has gone more toward the Suzuki method-type teaching... wanting the student to do improvisation. That's fine, but this series used to be more of a technical development book. Just wanted people to know that the second edition is VERY different from the first.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Baldwin on October 9, 2010
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I'm resigned to the fact that I'm going to be a minority of one here. But you should know that Piano Adventures has serious deficiencies as a method. I will grant that the tunes are good, and I realize that is very important. But the concepts presented and the method of their presentation are not suitable for young kids (unless they have an uncommonly good teacher to put it in context). New concepts are neither prepared nor reviewed effectively. For my money, the "Celebrate Piano!" method is the only one out there that does that. That way, kids get to play fun songs AND develop deep musical understanding. In my opinion Piano Adventures is best used as supplementary repertoire with another method.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happy girl on December 30, 2013
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I use this series to teach. I have no complaints. Really great for teaching, I see my students make lots of progress. I recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecile Hannay on November 12, 2011
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Great piano method. My son went through several methods and this one is his favorite one. The songs are very progressive and very pleasant for kids (and for adults to listen)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Review Girl on July 25, 2014
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My piano teacher got me started on these books. For people that like to be self taught, I believe they are excellent. Of course we often need the experience of a wise teacher to catch our faults. There are three to four books in the series and even if you have some experience, start at the beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Robertson on January 22, 2014
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This is by far my favorite method book for teaching piano lessons. (I bought this as a piano teacher.) New concepts are taught in an organized, fun way at the perfect pace. This book allows students to excel and become artistic piano players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Trestrail on August 19, 2014
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Fun songs. Perfect for beginners who know absolutely nothing or very little and who want to teach themselves.
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