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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882849662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882849669
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. E. L. Lancaster is Vice President and Keyboard Editor-in-Chief of Alfred Music Publishing. He draws upon his teaching experience, ranging from pre-school students through doctoral candidates, to direct the Alfred keyboard catalog. Dr. Lancaster holds degrees from Murray (KY) State University, the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

From 1979 until 1998, Dr. Lancaster was Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where he taught courses in piano pedagogy and coordinated the group piano program. Dr. Lancaster established the masters and doctoral programs in piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma in 1980 and served as Major Professor for more than 50 doctoral dissertations in that field. He taught pre-college students in the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program, combining group and private instruction. In addition, from 1981 to 1996, he and his wife, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk, operated a large independent piano studio in Norman, Oklahoma.

Dr. Lancaster has served as National Chairman of Group Piano and National Chairman of Student Chapters for MTNA. He has held offices in the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, including Chair of the Administration/Pedagogy Liaison Committee. Dr. Lancaster has received numerous teaching awards from the University of Oklahoma, including the Regents Award for Superior Teaching (1984), Associated Distinguished Lectureship (1987), Provost's Outstanding Academic Advising Award (1996), and Outstanding Faculty Award in the College of Fine Arts (1996). In 1991 he was awarded a David Ross Boyd Professorship, named in honor of the first OU president, given to faculty members who excel in teaching, counseling and guiding students.

Dr. Lancaster has presented workshops for teachers throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 publications designed for students of all ages. Dr. Lancaster is a regular writer for the "Questions and Answers" column for Clavier Companion magazine and also serves as a consulting editor. He now lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and their two children, Kelsey and Chase.

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I'm using this book to teach my 6 year old daughter piano.
M. Reyes
There are coloring activities in the lesson book as well as in the workbook to reinforce the concepts.
Crystal Payne
I think this book and its series is fun for little children.
Rachel Ellen Castleton

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Payne on February 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book and also the workbook and discovery book for my niece who is four years old. I am a piano teacher, and normally tell parents to wait until their child is at least in kindergarden before beggining piano lessons, but my sister-in-law begged me to start her daughter earlier. I was already teaching her older sister, so I thought I would give this mehtod a try. The lessons proceed very slowly, and are very basic, perfect for a four year old with a short attention span. The lesson book moves at a slow pace introducing basic concepts such as steady beat, higher/lower, finger numbers, quarter note rhythms and rests through whole notes and rests, measuers, times signatures, groupings of black keys, and white notes one at a time. There are duet parts for the teacher to play with every student lesson. Each lesson begins with a continuation of a story begun on page one. One concept is introduced at a time. There are coloring activities in the lesson book as well as in the workbook to reinforce the concepts. The discovery book has songs for the teacher to play, while the student performs movements which reinforce concepts from the lesson. The book moves a slow pace while keeping the student interested and learning. I am very impressed with this method and have ordered level 2 for my neice who is about to complete level 1.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Silberman on October 1, 2006
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This is a great 'teach it to your child yourself' book even if you're not a pianist. As a piano teacher, I recommend it to parents/aunts/uncles/grandparents who want to expose a young child to playing the piano or keyboard. The story of Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear makes the lessons even more interesting - keeps the student's attention longer.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 13, 2005
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I like it so much that I like to play it again. My favourite song in this book is 'Haydn's Symphony'.

I like it so much it's my music book ofcourse. I like all the animals best because they learn me music so much. I can't even kiss them because they are in my music book. Mummy might get me the animals for christmas!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Atesoglu on October 17, 2008
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My son really likes the characters and the grown-up feeling he has when he learns to play the piano. I think there is a little too much reading (words, not music) and usually skim it and summerize when I explain the contents to him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Ellen Castleton on November 19, 2009
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I think this book and its series is fun for little children. It does move a little slow, but that works fine for average children. If your child is really quick, though, I would consider another series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana Stocksdale on December 23, 2008
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I'm a piano teacher and have been using this method ever since it came out. Although this method moves very slowly students quickly "catch up" after finishing the series and move to another method. My middle school students are playing early advanced literature in middle school! They just flew thru the method I used with them after Music for Little Mozarts. Waiting to begin lessons when a child turns seven almost seems too late. Most are quite eager to learn and play. Parents should capitalize on this wonderful time in their child's life. It's really a joy for the parents and this teacher to see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DVDbean on October 7, 2009
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When my four year old daughter started showing interest in playing our piano, I immediately set about to find a course of instruction for her (as an intermediate player, I chose to teach her myself). I checked out several books from the library, and browsed several local music shops. In total, I analyzed 6 different courses targeted for young children. I told my daughter she would start taking lessons when she turned 5 (two months away), and her anticipation started building.

Ultimately, I chose the "Music for Little Mozarts" series. The story-based flow of the lessons seemed intriguing, and the material seemed to progress at a good pace.

Well, we are now on the third book (the blue one), and I can say that these books are absolutely fantastic. As it turns out, my daughter hasn't shown much interest in the stories of the books (involving the different mice and other animal characters). She just enjoys working on the simple exercises. We work on the book for at least 10 minutes every day, and she volunteers to practice a little extra on some days. In the beginning, she was able to get through one exercise/page per day, but now it might take a little extra practice for her to learn the new notes. I bought some stickers at Staples, and every time she "passes off" a page, we put a little sticker on it. She really likes that.

Best of all, there has been very little discouragement (or boredom). Each exercise seems to be just the right difficulty.

The support offered with this series is also great. We work through the workbooks as well, and they provide excellent reinforcement for the concepts in the books. We haven't tried the flashcards or other materials offered (parent's guide, "Discovery Book", solo books, recital books, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Reyes on September 21, 2011
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The Lesson book is fun, cute, and educational. I'm using this book to teach my 6 year old daughter piano. I play the piano myself so I teach her a little bit of how I was taught when I was her age. I just wished I had this lesson book back in the day. It has activities and coloring that are cute and easy. You can probably use it for starting at 4, maybe even 3 years old.
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