These books can be purchased at Schaffer's in Howell or Music Man in Brighton. If you are a beginner you will need to start with the level 1A lesson and theory books or adult book listed below depending on your age. If you have already taken piano, please contact me before purchasing a book.
For Elementary Beginners- Alfred Method Lesson Book Level 1A
For Adult Beginners- Alfred Method Adult Piano Book
Ultimate Guitar is a great tool for finding chords to songs students like.
If you are looking for a piano or keyboard, please consider purchasing one that has weighted keys!
Vocal Students may use the below website to purchase sheet music as discussed in your lessons and print it out at home.
Please make sure you are Sight Reading at home.
A great Sight Singing Book to own is:
Jenson Sight Singing
If students are participating in solo and ensemble, two of the below books will need to be purchased. Always confirm the title of the books with me before making a purchase. We will decide at the beginning of the year which books you will need.
24 Italian Songs and Arias
The First Book of Soprano Solos
The First Book of Mezzo Soprano/ Alto Solos
Standard Vocal Literature
Easy Songs for the Beginning Mezzo Soprano
Folk Songs for the Solo Singer Vol. 1
Please feel free to shop online for the most competitive prices on any of the books listed above. The link I have provided is merely for the purpose of knowing the name of the correct anthology to purchase.
Here are some more websites that can help enrich your child's musical education.
Music Theory, History, Composing Websites:
www.musictechteacher.com - This website has many quizzes and games that can help your child with note reading and rhythm reading.
www.musictheory.net - More quizzes that help with music literacy.
www.makingmusicfun.net - Many worksheets can be downloaded from this website.
www.creatingmusic.com - A website that helps students to explore the making of music.
www.nyphilkids.org - NY Philharmonic website has many games, quizzes, worksheets.
www.sfskids.org - San Francisco Symphony website.
www.noteflight.com - A music writing website, may require a download.
www.finalemusic.com/ - Another music writing website. I use Finale Notepad on my computer which is useful for small projects and is only a $10 investment to download it to your computer.
www.instrumentalistmagazine.com/index_old.htm - This website has a link to subscribe to a GREAT piano magazine for kids called "Piano Explorer".
Looking for music? Here are a bunch of websites you can check out! Some free music and some for purchase.
Music Shopping Websites:
www.musicnotes.com - Music can be purchased, downloaded and printed to your own printer at home from this website.
www.sheetmusicplus.com - You can find a lot of music on this website that can be shipped to your home.
www.cdsheetmusic.com - Great product!! You can buy a CD-ROM for your computer that has dozens of music files that can then be printed from your computer. For instance, if I bought the CD entitled, "Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano" that's exactly what I would get for $20! With the rights to print the music out as much as I want. There are CD's for every type of music and instrumentation. This product can sometimes be found on other music shopping websites, like sheetmusicplus, for much less.
www.giamusic.com - Music publishing company that carries certain series of piano and music books.
www.schaumpiano.net - Publisher's website for the Schaum piano series.
www.jwpepper.com - Good for purchasing choral music and vocal books.
www.schafershouseofmusic.com/ - Website for the nearest music store in Livingston County.
www.amazon.com - A lot of music can actually be found through amazon.
www.musicmovesforpiano.com/ - This is a music publisher website that carries a specific piano method that works very well for young piano students.
www.pianofiles.com - This website is a file sharing website. Other people scan and post music that they own. They will allow you to use it, but courtesy is to share your own music with them as well.
www.kididdles.com/ - This website has a lot of printable music to be played on the piano or sung. Also remember that it is possible to get printed music and/or CD's and Video/ DVD's through your local library.
Your local library is connected to larger libraries in the area and can help you request items from other libraries. This is called an Interlibrary Loan. If you google "Mel Cat" this library service should come up.
If you are looking for CD accompaniments of vocal music, many times you can find very good Karaoke tracks on iTunes as well.