That’s a great question. The piano students I take on normally have at least some experience reading music, even if they’ve never played piano before. I refuse to teach from method books, so I can give you some ideas about the kind of literature on which I start such students:
- J. S. Bach - Minuets, BWV 841 & 842; Prelude in C major BWV 846; Preludes BWV 927-930
- Bartók - 10 Easy Pieces, Sz. 39; Mikrokosmos Books I & II
- Beethoven - Sonatas Op. 49 Nos. 1 & 2; Bagatelles Op. 119 Nos. 1, 8, 11
- Clementi - Sonatinas Op. 36, Nos. 1, 4, 6
- Debussy - Reverie, En bateau
- Mozart - Sonata K. 545, Fantasia in D minor K. 397
- Schumann - Album for the Young, Op. 68
- Tchaikovsky - Album for the Young, Op. 39
- Villa-Lobos - Guia prático, vol. 1
I also highly recommend daily practice of certain exercises from Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum - I think they’re much better than Hanon and more accessible than most Czerny regimens.
I normally start with some of the very easy Bartók pieces, maybe a Bach minuet, and a slow movement of Clementi or something very simple from the Schumann or Tchaikovsky, and try to progress from there.
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- runningmad said: Burgmuller’s Op. 100, 25 Progressive Etudes are generally pretty entertaining and feature some lovely melodies.
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- doctom666 said: would add a SONATINA album and any # of anthologies…by year 3 my teacher graduated me from those awful teaching books!!
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- ambulavi said: Thanks so much! I imagine most of that literature is on IMSLP. And I’ve already got a hold on Reverie, which is just lovely.
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- eggiwegsandtoast said: thank you for asking this. I am in the same boat (and a clarinetist woo)
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