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The best collection of piano literature a beginning student can learn,
This review is from: Suzuki Piano School, New International Edition, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
I learned Suzuki piano as a child; we moved, and I changed methods as we found other teachers. As a parent and teacher, I have come back to this book, because compared to the other literature for first year students, this is the best.
It is important to know what you are getting - this is not an "all-in-one" piano book. This is a book to help the teacher/parent know what songs they are teaching the children. It is not for children to read, but to play. I supplement this with Thompson, Alfred, Pace, or FJH for my children and students to learn to sight read, and to learn some fun songs that are not for perfecting. This is the backbone, though - it has the exercises and "recital pieces" that help a student feel that they can really play, not just "fool around". The big difference is that every piece in this book is meant to be a recital piece - but just as children can understand, enjoy, and re-tell stories far beyond their current reading level, children can appreciate and reproduce this music without being able to read. In the Suzuki philosophy, music reading is something taught as the child is ready, which is recognized as not necessarily being the same time is ready to play.