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.
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.
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.
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