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Level 1 - Lesson Book: Piano Adventures [Paperback]

Nancy Faber , Randall Faber
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Jan. 1 1996 Faber Piano Adventures
(Faber Piano Adventures ). The 2nd Edition Level 1 Lesson Book introduces all the notes of the grand staff, elementary chord playing, and the concept of tonic and dominant notes. Students play in varied positions, reinforcing reading skills and recognizing intervals through the 5th. Musicianship is built with the introduction of legato and staccato touches. This level continues the interval orientation to reading across the full range of the Grand Staff. The 5-finger approach is presented here in a fresh, musically appealing way.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic learning piano series Sept. 21 2013
By Rachel
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My little girl has progressed so fast with these series. They are so fun and so easy to follow along with all the other supportive books, CDs etc. they also progress quite quickly. We love piano and this series of books really encourages a love of music. No boring songs here! Theory work is also made very fun for kids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 18 2014
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Nice book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy for beginners Feb. 24 2011
By magdo
I bought this book for my daughter, who's in her second year of piano, as it was recommended by her instructor. My daughter really likes this book. There are some familiar pieces and not too difficult for her so it keeps her interests. I also bought "Playtime popular: Level 1" by Nancy Faber as well. Again, there are some fun songs she recognized and enjoys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Method books Currently Available Oct. 30 2010
By Tagster - Published on Amazon.com
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Changed dramatically from first edition Sept. 15 2011
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
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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3.0 out of 5 stars PIano Adventures is great for confusing young students. Oct. 9 2010
By B. R. Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teaching Dec 30 2013
By happy girl - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this series to teach. I have no complaints. Really great for teaching, I see my students make lots of progress. I recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My son love it Nov. 12 2011
By Cecile Hannay - Published on Amazon.com
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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