I like the clear presentation and the well presented videos which cover posture and hand position particularly well. The music is clearly printed with good photos of hand position and clear keyboard diagrams. However, the introduction to notation is very brief and would need unpacking, especially for elementary students, for whom the book comes recommended.
The rhythmic exercises need further development; concepts of pulse, beat and rhythm need to be introduced more progressively and, to be frank, more imaginatively.
The repertoire is predictable: Mary had a little lamb, Twinkle, twinkle, When the saints, Ode to Joy. etc. Left hand is introduced for harmonic support rather than an independent line. (Out with the Tippex!)
The biggest mistake by the publishers is to include a finger number over every single note. This is unnecessary, distracting, and is likely to ensure that the student will not follow the notation.
This book is not for elementary students - you only have to compare it with Piano Adventures - but I find it a useful way of kick starting younger secondary students (years 7-9) In that respect, it has the advantage of offering a clear introduction to keyboard playing with out looking 'babyish'. The only concession to 'Kids' (not an encouraging title for youngsters of any age) is a few line drawings. The book is not in colour.
It's an American publication and uses the whole note system without reference to English names as well as other terminology, such as 'measure' for 'bar' and 'staff' for 'stave'.
The Kindle edition is in colour and looks good on a large screen (I have 10' iPad Pro). Bizarrely the video link doesn't open on my iPad, although it works on my Macbook. The publishers have missed a trick by not inserting the links to each lesson, which I have seen in other Kindle music publications.
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