Accelerated Piano Adventures:
Book 1 For the Older Beginner – Things to know


Top 10 things to know

Book 1 Concepts

  1. A reading system of intervals (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th), patterns, and notes across the grand staff
  2. Rhythms:
  3. Legato and staccato articulation
  4. C and G five-finger scales
  5. Tonic, dominant, I and V7 chords
  6. Reading sharps, flats, naturals
  7. Transposing, harmonizing, improvising, composing
  8. Teacher duets
  9. Nine Accelerated Book 1
    Technique Secrets

    Part 1
    – Rounded Hand Shape
    – Firm Fingertips
    – Correct Thumb Position
    – Arm Weight
    – Relaxed Wrist
    Part 2
    – Finger Independence
    – Light Hand Bounce
    – Light Thumb
    – Wrist Float-off
  10. For play-along Audio fun:

Top 5 things to do

Book 1 Teaching Actions

  1. For the older beginner, learning to read music quickly and confidently is essential. Begin the Sightreading Book promptly for note immersion! Consider using the online Sightreading Coach for deeper practice.
  2. Learn more 5-finger scales at any point in Accelerated Book 1.
  3. Memorize one piece from each unit.
  4. Always do the Discovery Questions to look deeper into the score—analysis!
  5. Accelerated Book 1 students will find success based on how many pieces they are able to play. Consider a PlayTime book mid-way through the level, letting the student choose the style.

The best advice

The older beginner is a joy to teach with analysiscreativity, and expression. Teach a piece using analysis to engage the older beginner’s thinking skills. Then follow with expressing the character of the piece. Often a quick creative foray can round out the learning process.