A step-by-step guide to starting piano lessons
The perfect introduction to learning the piano, including sections on choosing an instruments, teachers, method books and suitable repertoire as you progress, plus advice posture, technique, practice and exam preparation
Published by Alfred
This book is intended for prospective piano students everywhere (as well as those who already play!). It contains plenty of information about how to start playing; what instrument to acquire, how to select a teacher, piano books or methods, tips about posture, basic piano technique and how to practice and prepare for piano exams. There is also a chapter surveying music throughout the ages, with lists of composers and suitable piano music for beginners up to intermediate level. So You Want To Play The Piano? has recently been revised, expanded and republished in a second edition by Alfred Music (October 2015).
"What Spanswick has managed to produce is a concentrated tour-de-force that teachers can distribute to all their new piano students and supporting family members. Beginning with a succinct explanation of why the piano is worth learning to play, it continues with a whistle stop survey and explanation of virtually everything that teachers need to clarify with their students and supporters! Thus there are chapters on the importance of owning a piano, types of teacherpiano methods. Progress ,basic principles of technique, exams, festivals and repertoire. I would suggest too that Spanswick’s book is excellent. As a concentrated basic text book for new and inexperienced teachers. It provides the first steps for further research and study, opening out pathways for future travel not only in the elegantly written text, but also in the concluding lists of recommended publications and websites.
A great reference book – and one that should always be placed at the ready for use in conversations with students and their parents!"
- Murray McLachlan, Piano Professional, EPTA; European Piano Teachers Association (Spring 2018).
"This is an excellent book, a first-class introduction and guide to those wishing to learn the piano, full of sensible and practical advice and very well written by an experienced pianist and teacher."
- Musical Opinion (2014)
"This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in piano lessons for themselves or a family member. It is extremely comprehensive and includes everything you could possibly want to know about piano lessons. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book quite like this, and anyone considering piano lessons should use this book as a resource."
- Susan Paradis, Leading US Music Educational Writer and Teacher (2015)