Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top 5 Reasons I LOVE Pianos Adventures

Looking back on it now, I can't remember exactly what made me finally decide on using Piano Adventures for my studio, but I can say that I've never once regretted it! Here is a list of the top 5 things I love about the series:

1) Visual Appeal: Let's face it, most students (at least mine!) gravitate toward musical material that is visually pleasing. Books with catchy illustrations, bright colors, and a 'modern' format are more likely to grab and hold a student's attention. I love the bright colors, the illustrations, and the easy-to-read, not too busy, format.

2) Musical Selections: Over and above the visual appeal, the variety of literature contained in this method is outstanding. From original compositions by Nancy and Randall Faber, to sound arrangements of well-known tunes, to actual classical literature, the variety of styles allow every student to find something they love.

3) Supplementary Materials: In addition to a Lesson, Theory, and Technique book (the 3 I use as my foundation), this method offers so many other options. There are supplementary performance books, the PreTime to BigTime library which offers additional literature on a variety of themes, classical supplements for more advanced levels, sightreading materials; the list goes on and on! And the material is graded so that it's easy to find supplements for every level of student.

4) A Method for Everyone: From the earliest of beginners to adult students, there is truly a method that works for every age and level of skill. I've been consistently impressed with every level and every track, from My First Piano Adventures all the way up to Adult Piano Adventures.

5) A Sound Instructional Method: The manner in which Nancy and Randall Faber present basic music and theory concepts is outstanding. Each level builds on the previous level, reviewing and adding new material. This ensures a firm foundation if the material is taught well.

So there you have it! My top 5 reasons for using Piano Adventures. Anybody else have their own reasons to add?


  1. I recently discovered their primer video guide and I love the supplementary printable duets. I've been hearing my son singing around the house, "It's got a head and a stem and its all colored in..." all week long since I introduced him to the quarter note with this catchy tune!

    The CD accompaniments for the "My First PA Series" and Gold Star Performance books are also some favorites around our house and with my students.

  2. Heidi- thanks so much for your suggestions! I haven't used the "First PA" series much, but I am definitely going to look into the primer video guide!

  3. Just found your blog. I enjoyed my reading. Funny thing, I started blogging Jan 1st, as well. I teach piano and my choice is Faber and Faber. This year I have 5 new students and I started them into FA. I decided to blog about that new adventure. Perhaps you would like to read about my thoughts on FA

  4. BusyB- Thanks for your kind words! What a coincidence on our blogging beginnings ;)

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts on FA, and am looking forward to your continued posts! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, and best of luck with your new students!