I’m always being asked which books and pieces I recommend for children starting to learn the piano. So I thought it would be helpful for all those new little pianists to share my list of Best Easy Pieces For Piano Beginners.
Like all teachers I’m a bit of a magpie. Over the years I’ve built up a huge collection of resources for piano beginners. I do find, however, that kids are usually drawn to the same old favourites. So I have a few real gems that never fail to engage and motivate them.
My favourites are the Chester tutor books as they always go down well with the younger children. However, I supplement them with lots of extra pieces. I usually give the pupil the chance to choose from a selection, they then collect a folder of pieces which builds their repertoire.
As a loose framework for a lesson after warm-ups and scales we’ll learn something new from the Chester’s book. We will then tackle a new section of one of the chosen pieces which will practice a bit of sight reading. I end the lesson by suggesting the pupil choose something familiar from their folder which is good for confidence building. Be sure to leave a few minutes spare at the end of the lesson for some fun games which should always include listening and aural skills.
Everyone has a different style and once you get started you soon find what works well for you. But the list below has been invaluable to me over the years and deserves to be shared to help the next generation of little pianists get the piano bug!
Best Easy Pieces for Piano Beginners
- Chester’s Jazz – 12 Easy Pieces – Carol Barrett
- Chester’s Easiest Blues Pre-Grade 1 – Carol Barrett
- Up – Grade (0-1) Light Relief Between Grades – Faber Music
- Roundabout – 16 Pieces For Preparatory Test For Piano – Alan Haughton
- Chester’s First Solos – 14 very easy pieces by Carol Barratt
- John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course Books 1-3 – These books might be more preferable for slightly older children.
- The Classic Piano Course Omnibus Edition – Also by Carol Barrett, but intended for older beginners and packed with easy arrangements of popular classics (something a little more sophisticated than nursery rhymes!)
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