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.The best!!! The only piano beginners book that teaches to master reading music on the whole piano at once in an extremely fun and simple way. Instead of one note at a time, it teaches the whole piano through understanding of the structure and the simple system. It is ingenious and the only book I have used with students. They read within a few months. By half a year of lessons they play Bach from the score, some kids within two months. I would never use any other beginners method book.
I have taught piano using "Bold Beginning," and I will never use any other book. I have known Eloise personally and saw how she has developed her incredible approach. This book requires "Boldness" of the teacher who is attached to current slow, boring, step by step ways. For the student, no matter how young, no "boldness" is needed. It makes sense and gives satisfaction. Students/children love it.
Instead of spending months on little musically dead "songs," and then years on less than the best music, students can play real music by Bach and Mozart within a couple of months, and even before that, they play big sounds with lots of notes right away.
Instead of seeing the student as incapable and taking her slowly through one new note per lesson while confusing notes with fingers, Bold Beginning treats children and students as smart and capable because they are. Ristad provides a whole simple and clear guidance to reading notes on the whole keyboard. Yes, the whole keyboard at once, understanding it and feeling free and at ease, using all the fingers and knowing to read all the notes and basic rhythms. The student understand the logic of the system rather than just memorizing notes. The music is right away chordal, keeping the student excited, producing lots of sound, and not intimidated by the seven octavs.
To break through old fashion limitations as a teacher, one must read the introduction thoroughly. Once you try it, you won't go back to the boring little middle of the piano "songs."
I am no longer a piano teacher, but, as an author of a parenting book, parenting advice columnist, and public speaker, I provide parents with guidance in many areas including musical education. Two of my own sons are musicians who studied the Ristad way at young ages and I often advice parents to find and buy this book to get their child started in music and piano. I hope this book will be available soon.