Above you'll find sample pages from PIANO IS EASY, and below it a picture of how your piano will look after you apply the 12 removable, numbered stickers.
Children need a visual reference point on the piano, which our stickers provide, and we've found that having this reference point generates enthusiasm and confidence, which makes children enjoy the piano experience from the very beginning.
There are also many more songs that your children can try on our website to get the idea of PIANO BY NUMBER:
Easy to follow instructions for installing the removable stickers on your piano are included with each of our fun children's piano books.
Every order includes removable stickers for your piano. If you need more, we'll be glad to send extra stickers free of charge.
Illustrations and Binding
Each 8.5 by 11 inch book is sturdily bound with a comb binding that will lay flat on your piano music stand.
The color cover and the color back cover are frames for hundreds of classic line drawings that illustrate the theme of each song (many from the famed Dover Library) giving this book a "Currier and Ives" look and feel.
Children love pictures, and our books are designed to be attractive and fun.
Children start reading sheet music a little later in this method, using our book I CAN READ MUSIC, after they have gained confidence playing familiar songs by number, using a book such as PIANO IS EASY.
Every book package order includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC.
I CAN READ MUSIC is the perfect way for kids to make a smooth transition from the ease of numbers to the difficulties of reading music.
Stickers on my piano?
You wouldn't think of removing the letters and numbers on your computer keyboard or telephone, would you?
Children need a visual reference point, which the removable stickers provide in the beginning.
The removable stickers on your piano help your child learn the geography of the piano, and are easily discarded later.
Stickers also provide a quick and fun start to piano lessons, so that the child is enthusiastic right from the beginning.
It's easier to build on enthusiasm than frustration.
Remember your piano lessons as a child? Most people experienced intense frustration as a child trying to start piano.
Like training wheels on a bicycle, the numbered stickers will be removed when your child feels confident with the piano and can play familiar songs like Jingle Bells, Wheels on the Bus, I'm A Little Teapot and other songs that they have heard and remember.
The stickers will not damage plastic or ivory keys in any way, and are easily and completely removable. No residue remains when they are removed.
Adults should help apply the removable stickers to make sure the installation is correct, according to the easy-to-follow directions in each book.
Kids love stickers, and we've included lots of extra stickers.
Is piano by number a good choice as a music learning tool?
Playing piano by number is an excellent first choice because most children find conventional piano methods (sheet music) far too tedious to start with.
It's important to get a good start that children find fun, or you risk frustration.
Difficulties with conventional piano methods cause a slow, frustrating start, and, in almost all cases, most students later quit altogether. Read more about this.
But the children are right: there ought to be a better way to start playing piano, and now there is!
Piano by number is like phonics for reading
Here's why the old way of getting children started playing piano has poor results at best: playing piano by number is easy and instantly understandable, very much like speaking to a child.
Reading even the simplest sheet music is very much like writing words to a child, a more complex task reserved, logically, for a child's later learning years.
You don't ask a child to start writing "Momma," you let them say it first. And then later the child learns letters, then words, then sentences.
In short, conventional piano methods ask far too much too soon, and the child cannot learn at their own pace. Read more about this.
Think of playing piano by number as a set of training wheels on your child's bicycle: it's something to get you going, and will be discarded later for a more complicated system when the child feels comfortable.
PIANO IS EASY (ISBN # 0-9718936-1-6) Sturdily bound, durable, colorful 120 page illustrated song book with 50 songs such as Jingle Bells and London Bridge, Play Along Audio CD and removable numbered stickers.
Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC. This fun, easy-to-understand music activity book is the best way to start children reading music. Click here for sample pages.
Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a FREE copy of the 56 minute DVD video from TEACH YOURSELF PIANO. This video will have you playing chords (three piano keys played with the left hand) and fun, familiar songs with both hands right away. That's a $16.95 value free!