November 19, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway!

No, I am not giving away a book. Sorry. :) But someone I know is!!! So although I do not have my blogroll up yet, nor have I talked about any of my favorite blogs, I wanted to share this one with you so that you could enter it as well. Natalie, over at Music Matters Blog is the one sponsoring the giveaway, and the book is the newest one by Jenifer Cook over at The Church Pianist website. I personally love playing any of the arrangements that Jenifer Cook has written, and am excited about this book because it is for intermediate students. I have a couple of those!

Both of these blogs rank in my top five favorite piano blogs, so I hope that not only will you participate in the giveaway, you will also check out all the amazing resources these ladies have to offer. If you don't have time to do that now, I will be talking about both of these sites more in the future, so stay tuned for that!

And by all means, if you win the book because I told you about it, let me know!! :)


  1. Hey Nicole, I have a 15 year old girl wanting to start piano, she is very good at playing by ear so I'm looking for a book that is not "kiddish" but also has songs she's never heard so she will learn the notes and not the sound.
    Do you have any suggestions?

  2. The only book I've used so far for older beginners is Fabers Accelerated Beginner Books. (I'm pretty sure thats what they are called...I'll check to be sure.) I have used them with several adult or teen beginning students, and I really like how they are set up. I use the lesson book and theory book. They move the student along at a much quicker pace than a normal beginner.

    If she is really good at playing by ear, I would give her extra-curricular activities to do that would allow her to continue to use those skills. They aren't bad skills, she just needs to learn how to read music too.

    At first, she will probably still "memorize" each piece and play more by ear than by notes...maybe without even knowing it. You could play lots of review games to review note names on the keyboard and on the staff. With lots of review and practice, it will "click." And games are a great way to review!!! :) (Visit the blogs in my blogroll for some great games...and lots of them!)

    I'll see if I can find some specific things that might be of help to you. Hope that this helps!