Title : A Dozen A Day
Author : Edna Mae Burnam
Publisher : The Willis Music Company
Rating : 4.7/5.0
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Progressive Technical Exercises
In this series, there are six levels of progressive technical exercises for the piano. The exercises are ranges from early beginner level to late intermediate level. The series start with very simple, short and interesting exercises which can be studied even by the very young beginners.
Short Exercises – Suitable for Young Beginners with Short Attention Span
In A Dozen A Day, technical exercises are divided into five groups. There are twelve short exercises in each group where students can go through them one or two at a time. Compared to other technical exercises such as Hanon and Czerny, short exercises in A Dozen A Day are more suitable for young students because they have short attention span and will easily lose their interest to play a long piece of technical exercise.
Interesting Title and Illustrations for Each Exercise
Each technical exercise in the book is complemented with an interesting title and illustrations. The author describes each exercise as an action such as walking, skipping, jumping, bouncing the ball, and etc. While practicing, students can imagine that they are doing the action with their fingers just like the cute stick figures illustrated with each exercise. This makes the technical exercises really fun and students can remember them easily too.
Perfect Exercises for Warm Up
The short technical exercises are perfect for warm up before piano practice. Students have the flexibility to choose which exercises to play before each practice section and the exercises can be rotated according to the need and weakness of each individual student.
A Dozen A Day is an amazing and fun series of technical exercises for piano students from beginner to intermediate levels. The interesting title and illustrations of the technical exercises have turned the dull finger practicing activities to something enjoyable. This series is highly recommended for young piano students to learn about scales, arpeggios, and chords while improving their finger strength and dexterity. Teachers are recommended to try this approach with their young students because A Dozen A Day works well with other piano method books too. I am sure that young students will love this series!
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