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Level 1 - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
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.

Supplement with basic technique scale skills that you teach by rote:
Primer: white key five finger patterns
Level 1: black key and minor five finger patterns and hand over hand arpeggios
Level 2a: white key one octave scales and Cadences (this is extremely important as this concept is a huge challenge in level 2b if they haven't already played it)
Level 2b: black key and minor one octave scales and cadences
Level 3a: 2 octave arpeggios and 1st and 2nd chord inversions
Level 3b-5: they are ready for any popular scale skills book such as Hannon

Also sometimes it is like a magic trick to have a student play through one or two of the supplemental series of the level they just graduated before they move on to new books. It cements the old concepts and gives them a sense of mastery because they will learn fast.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2011
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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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2010
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2014
I have ordered this book probably over a hundred times for various students. It has always been between $6.50-$7.00. I don't know why it suddenly rose to $9.30. I'm probably going to start buying them 10 at a time at my favorite music store so I can a) support it and b) get them at a reasonable price.

It has a lot of fun things in it and its very useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2014
I did not realize that there is a cd that goes along with this book. I am just learning the system, so I may have over looked it, but there was no link to similar item with cd. The books are good, but wish that there was a package deal to get the books and cd together because my daughter and I are both learning so I can't play teacher part for her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon August 30, 2013
I bought this Piano adventures theory book (level 1) as a gift for my niece because she started playing piano this year.

This theory book is full of games and activities for young student, it provides instruction and practical creative applications of elementary theory concepts. My niece especially enjoyed game of notes naming - StoryRhymes, and this instruction book also helped in her visual and hearing training. The included songs are funny and entertaining for the younger kids who have great time learning them.

This instruction book perfectly complements the lesson book by Nancy Faber and it's intended for younger children who are starting to learn playing piano.

For my niece the added value with this book is that in same time she learns English and piano and due to both reasons she likes it very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2013
I have been teaching piano lessons for over twenty years now and the Faber and Faber method has been my favorite since college. I love how thorough the Faber's are, covering everything from technique to ear training, sight reading, theory, and artistry. My students are never disappointed by the song selection and the duets are the best I've heard from any method series.

Highly, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2014
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
on January 23, 2014
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
on November 12, 2011
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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