Book One (Introductory; Level One) has a step-by-step structure. Each Step contains new material and homework to master it. The material of every Step is covered at a 45-minute lesson.
Carefully selected material is arranged in a strictly consistent order to promote the learning of essential for beginners piano playing skills. After completing the material of Book One students can execute different articulations: non legato, two-note slurs, staccato and legato. They can read notes in Treble and Bass clefs within 3 octaves (from great octave G to second octave G), rhythms, which include sixteenth notes and dotted quarter notes and play simple tunes with dynamics. The book is beautifully illustrated.
Little Pianist First Steps is based on the tradition of Russian Piano School. The main principle is freedom and flexibility in all elements of piano technique. In our method, we avoid at the beginner stage any kind of fixed, five-finger-positional playing, which can cause tension, stiffness of hands and unclear articulation.
One of the primary goals of the method is establishing naturally free hand position; correct playing habits, wrist flexibility and freedom of all playing movements – the foundation of piano technique.
We teach music rhythm and notation in a very attractive and easy to understand way. Fairytale situations, funny characters and great illustrations make it fun for small children.