Piano Pronto: Keyboard Kickoff Review

Contest, Lesson resources, Reviews

KK

Have you heard the good news? Jennifer Eklund recently added a brand new book to the Piano Pronto method series called Keyboard Kickoff. Keyboard Kickoff is great for all beginners under age 10 or those who need a slower pace to begin with. Letter names are included in the note heads. The purpose of this is to give an instant connection to the notes on the staff to the notes on the keyboard. Repeated patterns do not include the letter names, thus teaching students to recognize patterns.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.23.47 PM

When students advance into Prelude, the letter names in the note heads will go away. You will notice a little overlap when going into Prelude from Keyboard Kickoff. I like this because the students feel successful right away as they advance, plus reviewing a bit is always a good thing.

For older beginners and adults I would recommend beginning with Prelude. As with Prelude, students begin Keyboard Kickoff reading on the staff notation from the very beginning. There are theory exercises included throughout the book, many familiar tunes that students will love, plus you will still find my favorite Piano Pronto feature- Pronto Prep!

The Keyboard Kickoff Teacher Duets have just been released and are now available for teachers to use with their students! My students have already enjoyed playing along with me using the teacher duets. The duets are fun and very musical. They add quite a bit to the students piece. I highly recommend getting a copy of the teacher duets.

KKDuets

 

Keyboard Kickoff gives the perfect foundation for piano lessons! Jennifer Eklund has created a helpful note to the teacher in answering common questions in regards to Keyboard Kickoff. I would recommend taking the time to read it here. As with all the music on PianoPronto.com, you can view every page and listen to every piece before purchasing.

Be sure to ‘Like’ Music Educator Resources on Facebook and follow Music Educator Resources on TpT to stay up to date on giveaways, discounts, reviews and other music resources! And don’t forget to join the exclusive email newsletter!

96 Comments

  1. Jill

    I’d love to try this with some of my younger beginners this year!

    Reply
  2. Donna

    I love Jennifer’s music and would LOVE to win these freebies!

    Reply
  3. Sue Lowther

    I had my first experience with this yesterday and hearing “Wow! That was fun!” made my teaching day.

    Reply
  4. Kimberly Engel

    I have all the other PP books from Jennifer and my students are enjoying them. I’d love to try this too!

    Reply
  5. sueruscarlson

    I’ve starting using these books recently. Students really like them and the familiar songs that Jennifer uses.
    Thank you!!

    Reply
  6. sueruscarlson

    Love these books. So do the kids!
    Thank you, Jennifer.

    Reply
  7. Michelle Butler

    Have recently started using this series of books they are wonderful

    Reply
  8. Kelly Koch

    Already using this product! I especially like her rhythm words that she attaches to each note.
    “Hold-it” for a half note, “Hold this long note” for the whole note. I have twin 4.5 year old boys that LOVE to yell out the words for the notes! Great job Jennifer…AGAIN.

    Reply
  9. Christine

    Would be interested to check it out.

    Reply
  10. Kathy

    I’d love me some sweet blog candy especially musical blog candy! I’d love to try this series and would consider switching to her books.

    Reply
  11. Janice Martin

    I am beginning to transition my current students over to Piano Pronto as they either finish their current books or reach a brick wall and need inspiration and motivation to continue. So I would love to have this book to just start new students out in, thus eliminating any future transitions!

    Reply
  12. Jill Kirk

    Just started a student in Keyboard Kick-off and love it!

    Reply
  13. Anne

    I would love a chance to try out this new book! Part of the fun of teaching private lessons is figuring out how each kid ticks and how they learn. While my current method books work great for most students, it’s always fun to check out new resources for even more ideas.

    Reply
  14. Valerie

    These are fantastic books! I’m working on transitioning my students over!

    Reply
  15. Anita B.

    Love, love, love! Piano Pronto is AWESOME! I’d love to win this freebie.

    Reply
  16. Merri Williams

    I started using Keyboard Kickoff for the first time with a student two weeks ago, and she is going gangbusters! This student had struggled two years ago for six months, using a traditional method, and both she and her mom are *thrilled* with her progress using Keyboard Kickoff. Thanks, Jennifer, for creating something that is making a difference in how we teach our students!

    Reply
  17. Merri Williams

    I can’t edit my previous post, so I do want to clarify that this student is a transfer student. Her previous teacher used Piano Adventures. 🙂

    Reply
  18. Karen C

    Would love to try this one out and add it to my studio!

    Reply
  19. Marilyn Brennan

    I already have several on Jennifer’s books and have not yet started a beginner with kickoff. Would love the new duet book or kickoff regular. You are sweet to do this.

    Reply
  20. laurad310

    I can’t wait to try these duets!

    Reply
  21. Karen Hesterly

    I have all the lesson books except this one and would love to try it out. All of my students are using Jennifer Eklund lesson books or supplements now.

    Reply
  22. Bethany

    Would LOVE to win this! I don’t have any of Jennifer’s method books (yet!), but my students have loved the music I HAVE purchased!

    Reply
  23. Saundra

    I haven’t had a student to use for KK until now. She is a brand new contact. I am so excited to try out this new book. The duets look fun … in Jennifer style. I would love to win these!

    Reply
  24. Crystal Cassels

    I have all of her method books, numerous supplementals and the prelude duet. Would love to add the KK duet book to my collection! Was so thrilled when I met Jennifer at MTNA and saw that finally there was a method that started students ON staff! I was using an old out of print method, copyrighted in 1947 prior to discovering her!

    Reply
  25. Michele Avrick

    I have really enjoyed getting to know Jennifer’s music. Would love to try to new beginner series and duet books.

    Reply
  26. Laura

    Would love to try these books! I have been looking at them for a while wondering if I should make the switch from my usual method book

    Reply
  27. April

    I have switched almost all of my students to Piano Pronto. Just ordered 7 more books today! My students are loving Jennifer Eklund’s work and are progressing wonderfully. They are practicing more! The duets are interesting and motivate the kids to perfect their pieces. I LOVE that the students are on the staff from day one. This just makes sense to me. Wonderful method!

    Reply
  28. Lynne S Kessler

    My students and I are really enjoying Jennifer’s Piano Pronto books and music. Thank you, I would love to have the Keyboard Kickoff books and Duets.

    Reply
  29. pianobycarolyn

    I would love to try the duets and look forward to trying Keyboard Kickoff with new students!

    Reply
  30. Dixie

    I am going to transition some of my students into Piano Pronto and I have one beginner who will love Keyboard Kickoff. I’d love to win!

    Reply
  31. Brenda

    I would love to try Keyboard Kickoff with a couple of students who just don’t seem to “get it,” no matter what approach I use.

    Reply
  32. Beth T

    I’ve used the PP Prelude twice & the students liked it. Kickoff sounds great!

    Reply
  33. Dorothy

    I have two young students (ages 5 and 7) who are really struggling. I need new ideas for them. Keyboard Kickoff sounds like an answer!

    Reply
  34. Karin

    Enjoying working with the piano pronto series. It is a wonderful series.

    Reply
  35. Jerry Cornish

    I love the clean, easy to read print. New concepts are presented on a large part of the page. In most method books it is too small. The Piano Prep lines allow students to hone in on the new concept in context, so when they see it in the piece it all makes sense.

    Reply
  36. Kathy Williamson

    Your series has really interested me and after this last posting, I think it’s time to try Piano Pronto. I have a couple of students who could really benefit from this approach since they appear bored with practice! Time for a boost!

    Reply
  37. Jan Judd

    Love piano pronto!!

    Reply
  38. Loraine

    I would like to receive a free copy of it

    Reply
  39. fraurab

    I have movement 5, Finale and Encore for myself. I kept playing through the books. I couldn’t stop! Would love to try the KK and see how it goes. The primer was intriguing for older beginners, so I’m glad there’s an additional primer now!

    Reply
  40. Christine Bookman

    Love the duet!! 🙂 Jennifer’s music and books are always such a hit with my students. I can’t wait to explore this new book!

    Reply
  41. Angela Jacob

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to try it.

    Reply
  42. Julia

    Would love to have these!

    Reply
  43. Stephen Hughes

    A truly remarkable series that leaves your students begging for more. It’s for all types of students of all skill levels. What I love the most is how it fits nicely into their curriculum and easy to work around. Can be used as a curriculum on it’s own; also, as a supplement to other series. I find that the method works best for young-late beginners and beginner adult students.

    Reply
  44. Marci Pittman

    I am just beginning to use more of Jennifer’s materials with my students and would like to have this first book and teacher duets to have on hand when I have a new student with which to use them. I really love the teacher duets for the Prelude book!

    Reply
  45. Julie

    I am using some of Jennifer’s books and music for the first time this year. It is fantastic, and the students love it! I would love to win this giveaway!

    Reply
  46. Janeen

    Yay!! Keyboard Kickoff!! I can’t wait to include this book into my studio! I am so thankful for Jennifer Eklund’s music!

    Reply
  47. Diana Saltanovitz

    I am having fun with my younger students with Keyboard Kickoff. Some of my students who are struggling in another series perk right up when they can play a new song in Kickoff. I would love to win the duets book!

    Reply
  48. Juliet

    Sounds like it would be really useful.

    Reply
  49. Rita Martin

    Hi. This is my first time. Would very much like to view and consider your book. I have approximatly 12 5yr olds this Session. Thanks.

    Reply
  50. Kellie Edick

    I just love all of Jennifer’s music! I use it almost exclusively in my studio, now. And I only found out about it 6 months ago! Her music is the only Music my students want to play! So piano pronto is my main book and I supplement with the other method that I used to teach from exclusively. 🙂 I’m excited to try out Keyboard Kickoff!

    Reply
  51. Lisa

    Loving loving loving piano pronto! Can’t wait to start some new beginners in Keyboard Kickoff!

    Reply
  52. Margo

    Bought the Kickoff book when Jennifer first introduced it — love it!

    Reply
  53. Liina

    I would love to try these!

    Reply
  54. Stephanie

    I will be using Kickoff with 4 new students next month. Now time to buy (or win!) the Duets too! 🙂

    Reply
  55. cindyrutledgepiano

    This book looks exciting! I plan to look into having it on hand as another option for new students.

    Reply
  56. Christine

    Hi Jennifer, Very useful for my students who have to learn at a slower pace due to age and other factors. I didn’t purchase the Duet book at the time and maybe now don’t have too 🙂 I really enjoy using the Piano Pronto books so congratulations on this new addition to the family

    Reply
  57. Tami Baird

    I tried her free ebook and I am very interested in trying more of her music. It seems to be more of a new age style which is very popular with most of my students. :o)

    Reply
  58. Linda Coad

    Sounds great. I’d love to win and try it!

    Reply
  59. Carolyn

    I LOVE keyboard kickoff and would like the duet book as well! Crossing my fingers!

    Reply
  60. Rebecca U

    I love Jennifer’s music, and can’t wait to try the Keyboard Kickoff Duets!

    Reply
  61. Olomo

    She always comes out with great creations!

    Reply
  62. jam82353

    My teaching year begins October 6 and I can hardly wait to try the Keyboard Kickoff with my new students! I’ve been using the Prelude and Pre-Prelude books for a year now and my students and I absolutely love them!

    Reply
  63. Kate Wyatt

    I’ve just started using KK with a new student. So far I (we) love it. Adding the duets are the next step. Can’t wait!

    Reply
  64. Jennifer

    Would love to win a kick start book 🙂

    Reply
  65. Jeannie

    Love Jennifer’s music

    Reply
  66. Diane Volkman

    Just started using Piano Pronto books and I love them!! So do my students, and that’s what counts!

    Reply
  67. Elaine

    This sounds like a wonderful addition. I have mentioned this whole series to another teacher friend of mine because it is so helpful.

    Reply
  68. Sue

    This would be so awesome!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  69. Marcy Rodriguez

    A much needed book for 2 of my students!

    Reply
  70. Hillary

    I love Jennifers music and have been wanting to start a few students in her books! This would be the perfect start!! 🙂

    Reply
  71. leiaslessons

    Your student was adorable 🙂

    Reply
  72. Carla

    Love Jennifer’s music!

    Reply
  73. lana

    Jennifer’s music is great! All my students love to play it.

    Reply
  74. Marcia Benson

    This is really fun!

    Reply
  75. Amy Sadler

    I would love to give this a try!

    Reply
  76. jberkowitz2008

    I would love winning one of these!

    Reply
  77. Leigh

    With large music stores so far from my new town, the opportunity to purchase and download music is the new way to shop for me! I love the music you have created for us to use!

    Reply
  78. Orlia

    I’d love to win a copy of this. Hooray for giveaways of amazing resources!

    Reply
  79. Barbara

    Piano Pronto is the new “Golden” treasure of all treasures for piano teachers!! The more I do work with this series, the more I want to revamp my studio and get everyone on board!

    Reply
  80. Evelynty

    Already using Prelude and ordering Keyboard Kickoff now, even if I should win a free one! Love these books.

    Reply
  81. Brad

    I have used Jennifer’s music with some of my new Pre- K and K girls. They really like it.

    Reply
  82. Walter

    I ordered Keyboard Kickoff and already using it.

    Reply
  83. Karen T

    Would love to win. I’ve just started using. Been a lifesaver for a couple of students. Planning to keep switching more students.

    Reply
  84. Cindy Everson

    always looking for something fresh!

    Reply
  85. Carla

    I’ve been wanting to try out Piano Pronto and this would be the perfect opportunity to start!

    Reply
  86. Sherri L

    I have a six year old boy who was really difficult to motivate until I discovered KK!! It’s fabulous!!

    Reply
  87. Teresa

    After reviewing Jennifer’s music, I decided to go ahead and order 6 and 7 just for myself

    Reply
  88. Suzanne

    I have been wanting to try some of the Piano Pronto books for a long while, but have yet to do so. Would love to win!

    Reply
  89. Rebecca

    I love this series and would be thrilled to win a copy of the duets and extra copies of the regular Keyboard Kickoff book – I will surely be using it again!

    Reply
  90. Rhoda

    Love Pronto Piano

    Reply
    • leeannelane@gmail.com

      I started a new student in Keyboard Kickoff today! It went really well. I loved it. Glad I found this series!

      Reply
  91. Ann

    I have purchased quite a few of Jennifer’s piano pieces and my students (and I) really enjoy them so it would be great to try out Keyboard Kickoff. I find that playing duets with students is a great way to reinforce how important it is to count.

    Reply
  92. Lynelle Vogel

    Would especially like the duets. Love her music.

    Reply
  93. Julia T.

    I’ve been wanting to get this book!

    Reply
  94. Karin

    My students love this series! I have a new students starting next week. I can’t wait to get her started!

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

“MusicLabTaskCards"

“ActivateBrainSqCover"

Email Subscription

Stay updated and sign up for our email list to receive the Music Educator Resources newsletter which includes monthly freebies, exclusive tips, resources and specials to help today’s teacher stay relevant and engaged! You may opt-out at any time.

Enter Email Address

“Creating
“Make

Follow FPSResources on WordPress.com

Post Archives