Denes Agay's Learning To Play Piano - Book 1 - Getting Started

Books | Piano

Publisher: Wise Publications
Author: Denes Agay
Format: Books | Instrumental Tutor

The first book in this new edition of Denes Agay's famous Piano tutor series for children Introduces easy piano technique and music theory in an accessible and imaginative way, inspiring students to learn and practice. Included are attractive illustrations and colourful stickers.

Topics include:

  • Accidentals
  • Basic Chords
  • Basics of MusicTheory
  • Five-finger Piano
  • Intervals
  • Learning the Notes
  • Middle C
  • Note Values
  • Tempo
  • Time Signatures
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ISBN: 9781849382984
Skill Level: Easy Explain this
Published on: 13 October 2011
Language: English
Catalogue No: AM998921

            Denes Agay's Learning To Play Piano - Book 1 - Getting Started reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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            Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
            8 out of 10


            Warwickshire GB Piano teacher
            This book is brilliant for a bright child. Initially there are lots of words but this can give the parent time to spend with their child at home.
            Slightly expensive?
            Confirmed purchase: 13 September 2016
            Published on: 29 September 2016
            7 out of 10


            Chesterfield GB music teacher
            Attractive visually
            A bit too OTT
            Confirmed purchase: 12 May 2015
            Published on: 26 May 2015
            10 out of 10


            Dorset GB Music teacher
            Ideal for beginners. Changes position earlier than other starter books so memory development easier without any fixed rigidity. Two hands combining and reading notes easier to develop in this one too. Stickers motivate all.
            Use of two hands very hard to start with so suggest using one hand yourself to get pupils used to playing in time with another part. Swop parts over then attempt the two hands. Stickers often bigger than templates on page.
            Confirmed purchase: 15 September 2014
            Published on: 01 October 2014

            Musicroom Reviews

            I received a complimentary copy through the post and tried it out with a few younger pupils. It went down very well - nice illustrations, stickers, etc. As a result, these pupils were keen to buy their own and, so far, are proving to be very popular and motivational.
            Anonymous - (Widnes, United Kingdom)
            Just started using this series with a 9 year old - she loves it and can colour the pages. NOt sure about the stickers though. But musically moves along at a good pace
            Anonymous - (KEIGHLEY, United Kingdom)
            After trying about what must be about ten different tutor books with my students over the last 12 years, I'm currently of the thinking that this is one of the best there is. I like it because it works incrementally, teaching students to pay attention to intervals within a context of pleasant, tuneful pieces. It does begin initially with songs based on middle C, which is not a particularly comfortable hand position, but the 5-fingered tunes work very well in transposition, and a third of the way into the book, new 5-fingered positions are used, so I don't feel my students get 'stuck' in middle C position. The book is colourful with stickers and pictures to colour, so students can personalise it, and take pride in decorating their book as they progress through it. They also tend to like the lyrics. We often start by singing the piece from memory before playing. This leads to very musical results. No tutor book is good enough on its own, but this is definitely one of the best I've found.
            Anonymous - (Derby, United Kingdom)
            Huge print and very distracting. Use the book for pupils to highlight repeats, 3rds etc. I also had a free copy but didn`t like it! Stickers were wierd..... great big ones with no real relevance I will stick to dogs and birds, piano time, and john thompson
            Anonymous - (Solihull, United Kingdom)
            Having previously used the John Thompson children's piano course, I saw Denes Agay's Learning to Play Piano series on special offer on Musicroom and thought I'd give it a go. So far I'm extremely happy with it! I use it for new starters in preference to John Thompson because it encourages the children to use different fingers on different keys (including the black ones, which they are usually intrigued about using), so that middle C is not always '1' and fingers 4 and 5 can be involved from the start, building finger strength. The approach to identifying the keys is excellent, as is the build up to reading the stave. Children seem to find it quite logical, and most of my students understand each new concept with ease. I like the way that steps, skips and intervals are covered early on, which also helps with stave reading. I intended to use Agay's book in conjunction with Thompson, as the children do enjoy the pieces in that and playing along with the CD,but have yet to reach a stage where I have felt that need yet from a learning persepctive for my students. All in all, I would recommend this book for beginner piano students.
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