The go-to book for many piano teachers with learners up to about the age of 7, it's also clear enough for parents who are not musicians themselves to work through with their children.
A cast of colour-coded characters represent the 7 notes of the scale and introduce the basics, while teachers and parents can lend encouragement by playing the optional duet parts provided.
This course is designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing, complete with an amusing family of characters and illustrations to help emphasise the information being taught. Part one is devoted to developing fluency in reading by note, the biggest hurdle for most young children. The range is purposely limited. Only five notes up and five notes down from middle C are presented and time values do not go beyond crotchets. Each book of the course contains its own writing exercises, sightreading drills, review work and later, technical studies. Accompaniments for teacher or parent are supplied with most of the examples.