Title : Faber Piano Adventures
Authors : Nancy Faber and Randall Faber
Publisher : Hal Leonard
Rating : 4.8/5.0
About the Authors
Faber Piano Adventures method book series are written by Nancy and Randall Faber. The husband and wife team has founded the Faber Piano Institute in Ann Arbor recently and has authored over 200 publications of the piano.
Nancy Faber‘s award winning compositions include Tennessee Suite for Piano and String Quartet and her flute quartet Voices from Between Worlds. She was given the title “Distinguished Composer of the Year” by the Music Teachers National Association.
Randall Faber is a classical pianist who holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in education and human development from Vanderbilt University. He gives lectures about musical artistry around the world and he has been a master teacher for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Music Teachers National Association Conference, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
Performances of both husband and wife have been aired on television and public radio. The philosophy of the Fabers is to develop student’s creativity and cognitive development while cultivating their expression and performance skills in piano.
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Series For Young Children
Levels: A, B, C
This series is specially designed for young beginners who are just beginning their piano learning adventure. To capture the child’s attention and playful spirit, the books are filled with fun songs, games and activities. Children are exposed to the keyboard, note values, clefs, and some basic pre-reading. Each level consists of a lesson book, a writing book, and an audio CD for listening, singing, tapping, and play-along. There is a Christmas book in each level too.
My First Piano Adventure is a great series for young kids because they always enjoy learning in a fun way. Young kids have a very short attention span and the fun-filled teaching approach introduced in this series is just nice to catch their attention and nurture their musical talent.
Interesting Piano Learning Activities From My First Piano Adventure:
Levels: Primer, Level 1, Level 2A, Level 2B, Level 3A, Level 3B, Level 4, Level 5
After young students have built some foundation from My First Piano Adventure, they can be promoted to Piano Adventures series. In this series, there is a total of 8 levels. In each level, there are lesson book, theory book, performance book, technique & artistry book, sightreading book, popular repertoire book, and Christmas book. CDs are available too.
The lesson books progress slowly and steadily which bring students from primer level to level 5. This series teaches note reading in a comprehensive way which helps students to slowly grasp the concept without struggling to read the notes. Music theories and piano playing techniques are illustrated by cute diagrams and pictures to help students understand and absorb the information easily. After students have completed the lesson book, the performance book, popular repertoire book and Christmas book are good for expanding their repertoire while adding more fun to their piano learning. However, these books are optional if students feel bored and prefer to proceed to a higher level.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star From Performance Book of Piano Adventures Primer Level:
Series For Older Beginner and Adult
Books: 1, 2
Accelerated Piano Adventures series is designed for older beginners who are more mature and able to learn at a faster pace. Book 1 combines primer level and level 1 of Piano Adventures series while book 2 combines level 2A and level 2B of Piano Adventures series. Similarly, each level consists of lesson book, theory book, performance book, technique & artistry book, sightreading book, popular repertoire book, and Christmas book. After completing the two books, students can proceed to level 3A of Piano Adventures series.
Chopin Waltz From Accelerated Piano Adventures Lesson Book 1:
Books: 1, 2
Written for adult beginners, Adult Piano Adventures series consists of two “All-in-one” lesson books and two Christmas books with CDs. This series is a comprehensive course which enables adult beginners to learn piano by their own. Book 1 emphasizes on notes reading. Upon completion, students will be equipped with the skills of playing various piano music by reading the notes. On the other hand, book 2 emphasizes on chords and harmonies. Music theory and technical skills are also included in each book. With lots of great tips and well-organized information, this series is definitely an excellent choice for adult learners.
The Entertainer From Adult Piano Adventures “All-In-One” Lesson Book 1:
The Faber Piano Adventures series are very popular and loved by many teachers. The series are especially useful for beginning teachers who are just starting their music teaching because of its structured syllabus and interesting materials.
The music used in the series are fun, interesting and nice. Most of them are old folk songs, popular tunes, and classical music. Students often find them enjoyable and delightful to play with. Besides piano solos, some duets are also included.
However, one of the disadvantages of the series is that there are too many books in each level. Students may not be able to finish playing all the books in the each level. Therefore, it is up to teachers to choose the books carefully according to student’s learning speed and preference.
Overall, Faber Piano Adventures method book is a great series for piano beginners which helps to build a solid foundation to prepare them for more advanced levels.
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