Hal Leonard Adult Piano Method - Tim Topham

Hal Leonard Adult Piano Method

By Tim Topham | Piano Teaching

Aug 23

Hal Leonard Adult Piano Method

If you teach teenage or adult beginners, check out this book!

I’m not usually a fan of using method books with my students as I like to pick repertoire from all over the place in order to give them as varied an introduction to music as possible. However I recently found this fantastic title at the music store and had to share it with you.

It’s the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Adult Piano Method – Book 1 and it is a great method to consider for your beginners.

The thing I liked most about it right from the start was that the first activities were all improvisations with fun and inspiring backing tracks.

Here’s one of my students enjoying these the other week:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKF-6RJwnZY] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPuSR54y5GI&feature=related]

Notes are introduced sequentially as in any other method book, starting on blacks, then to whites and then onto the stave and there are reminders and info boxes introducing new skills.

There aren’t any “kiddy” pictures to put your teenagers off and the layout is really professional. Oh, and there are 2 CDs included with play-alongs for just about every piece in the book!! Gold!

I haven’t yet looked at Book 2 as I’ll probably continue to source my own repertoire, but I’ll definitely be using this more in the coming weeks (and no, I don’t work for Hal Leonard!).

I’ll let you know how it goes as I work through more pieces and delve more deeply into it this year.


About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Bee says:

    Thanks for sharing the videos! I’ve been using this method with adult students for several years now and really like it. I supplement the second book with extra repertoire (usually Getting to Preliminary or Getting to Preliminary New Mix).

  • I agree – I’ve looked at lots of methods and this is a good one. Nice range of pieces!

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