Succeeding at the Piano®

Preparatory Level


Lesson and Technique Book
FJH2051 (without CD) / 7.95
FJH2051CD (with CD) / 8.95

The Preparatory level Lesson and Technique Book provides students with material that is uniquely balanced musically and pedagogically, while providing a perfect introduction to the piano by laying a strong foundation to build upon. Reading, rhythm, technique, theory, ear training, playing by ear, music history, composition, and wonderful music by multiple composers are seamlessly integrated for a well-balanced music curriculum.

Some of the concepts covered in the Preparatory level Lesson and Technique Book include: a natural and perfect hand position; a steady beat; pre-reading and staff reading of notes from Bass C to Treble G; Guide Notes Bass F, Middle C, and Treble G; quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes; intervals of a 2nd to a 5th; repeat sign; forte and piano dynamics; two-note slurs; phrases; 8va; tie; Middle C and C position.

In addition to these concepts students learn six basic techniques in this level:

  • Finger, hand, and arm position, correct body alignment, posture, and a general well-being at the piano

  • The feeling of arm weight–being able to feel the arm "letting go" and relaxing
  • Flexible wrists
  • Two-note slurs
  • Weight transfer from one finger to the next
  • Rotation in the hands, wrists, and arms

The CD for the Lesson and Technique Book is innovative as well as educational. Students learn how to form correct practice habits from the very beginning as well as have the opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment (two violins, viola, and cello), recorded live!


Theory and Activity Book
FJH2053 / 6.50

Students will engage in writing, playing, rhythm, and composing activities, while reinforcing concepts such as notes, intervals, basic rhythms, and musical terms and symbols from the Lesson and Technique Book. Ear training activities include playing by ear which comprehensively rounds out the students' piano curriculum. These fun-filled theory lessons will lead the student on the path of musical discovery.


Recital Book
FJH2052 (with CD) / 6.50

The Recital Book is a terrific way for students to learn wonderful repertoire while reinforcing the valuable concepts presented in the Lesson and Technique Book. The pieces are engaging and exciting to play, and are presented with artistic illustrations and fanciful lyrics to stimulate students' imagination and creativity. Students will achieve the greatest success when the Lesson and Technique Book is used with the Recital Book and Theory and Activity Book for a fun, well-rounded approach to learning music!

The CD for the Recital Book allows students to hear piano music played well with correct phrasing, dynamics, and inflection. When student's ears are engaged, they will make rapid progress technically as well as musically. Students also have the opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment (two violins, viola, and cello), recorded live!


Merry Christmas Book
FJH2054 / 4.95

This beautiful Christmas Book starts students with pre-reading pieces so even the youngest students get a chance to play favorite Christmas music. Students play pieces on the black keys, Middle C, and "almost" Middle C position. The charming and colorful activities presented throughout not only visually enhance this very special Christmas book, but also reinforce the concepts learned in the Lesson and Technique Book.


Sticker Book
FJH2055 / 5.95


Flash Card Friend
FJH2120 / 5.95

Music By:
Timothy Brown, Kevin Costley, Mary Leaf, Helen Marlais, Edwin McLean, and Kevin Olson

 

Grade 1


Lesson and
Technique Book
FJH2056 / 7.95
FJH2056CD / 8.95

Grade 1 thoroughly reinforces all of the concepts and the six basic techniques from the Preparatory level. New concepts include: melodic and harmonic intervals; tempo markings; quarter, half, and whole rests; legato and staccato articulations; Treble C Position, G Position, D Position, and Bass G Position (starting a 4th below Bass C); musical form; half and whole steps; tonic and dominant; the natural sign; upbeats and accents; mp and mf dynamics. The terrific motivational music by multiple composers along with the pedagogically sound approach will provide students with continued success!

Using the CD helps students learn and reinforce correct practice habits and provides students with an opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment (two violins, viola, and cello), recorded live!


Theory and
Activity Book

FJH2058 / 6.50

The Grade 1 Theory and Activity Book reinforces the concepts taught in the Grade 1 Lesson and Technique Book by engaging students in writing, playing, rhythm, ear training, and special "Time to Compose" activities. The ear training activities assist students in recognizing rhythm and note patterns and include activities such as: "Follow the Leader"–where students listen to rhythms and clap/tap them back; and "Parrot Play"–where students listen to short melodic patterns or well-known songs and play them back. These creative and diverse activities keep students motivated!


Recital Book (with CD)
FJH2057 / 6.50

The Grade 1 Recital Book provides a wide range of repertoire that correlates to the Grade 1 Lesson and Technique Book. Students are taught a variety of styles from traditional folk songs, classical, and original music. The "Before playing" and "After playing" points develop musicianship, good practice habits, and excellent practice and listening skills.

The CD provides a way for students to engage their ears and hear the pieces played musically and technically correct. When students engage their ears, they will make rapid progress both musically and technically. Students have the opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment (two violins, viola, and cello), recorded live!


Merry Christmas Book
FJH2059 / 4.95


Sticker Book
FJH2060 / 5.95


Flash Card Friend
FJH2121 / 5.95

Music By:
Timothy Brown, Kevin Costley, Mary Leaf, Helen Marlais, and Kevin Olson
The Teacher's Guide includes information on how Reading, Rhythm, Technique, Music, Musicianship, and Theory in Succeeding at the Piano® are seamlessly integrated to provide a well-balanced music curriculum. This guide explains how to teach both levels in a page-by-page format, and includes teaching suggestions, practice steps, technique tips, and music history tips. The guide also includes information on how to use the CD’s and additional supplementary materials. There is a “Commonly Asked Questions” section as well as a section for parents called, “The Parent’s Corner.”
The Teacher’s Guide is a great resource on how to teach this innovative and creative new method!

The Teacher's Guide
Preparatory and
Grade 1 Levels

FJH2136 / 8.95

 

 

Grade 2A


Lesson and
Technique Book
FJH2061 / 6.95
FJH2061CD / 7.95

Students and teachers will be inspired as they start this next level of Succeeding at the Piano®. In addition to the fabulous music that thoroughly reinforces all of the concepts of Grade 1, Grade 2A includes new concepts such as: eighth notes; Major and minor five-finger patterns and triads in C, G, D, and A; the damper pedal; cross-hand arpeggio; key signature; low F in the Bass Clef; first and second endings; ritardando; E above Middle C in the Bass Clef; the sonatina; ostinato patterns; A minor; fermata; a tempo; and the dotted quarter note. The multi-key reading approach is continued in combination with traditional note reading and intervallic reading, and technique is completely integrated in the Lesson Book, so students continue to review the same principles set forth right from the start.

The CD has both practice and performance tracks for many of the pieces which will help students learn and reinforce correct practice habits. The CD also provides students with an opportunity to play with a string quartet accompaniment recorded live in every unit!

 


Theory and
Activity Book
FJH2063 / 6.50



This book reinforces the concepts taught in the Lesson and Technique Book Grade 2A with creative and diverse activities such as writing, playing, ear training, and special "Time to Compose." Reading is reinforced by traditional as well as intervallic reading exercises, and students continue to develop their musicianship by transposing, ear training, playing by ear, and rhythm activities that teach students how to internalize rhythm. These activities engage and motivate students with supportive, pedagogically sound material that promote further development of a well-rounded musician!


Recital Book (with CD)
FJH2062 / 6.50


Grade 2A of the Recital Book provides wonderful repertoire in a variety of musical styles. Students will enjoy and be motivated to play these creative pieces for lesson assignments, family and friends, recitals, or just for their own fun! The CD gives an opportunity for students to continue to develop their listening skills as they hear the pieces being played musically and technically correct. Also in the Recital Book, students have an opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment, recorded live.


Merry Christmas!
FJH2064 / 4.95


This festive collection of Christmas music for the Grade 2A student will fill the air with the spirit and joy of Christmastime! The beautiful arrangements along with the colorful activities will create the right mood for this special time of the year!
Flash Card Friend
FJH2122 / 5.95

This set contains 108 cards presented in a clear and organized manner providing an easy way to drill, reinforce, and introduce new concepts. Traditional note reading as well as intervallic reading is further reinforced. Each card is numbered so they can be kept in sequence and are correlated to the 2A Lesson and Technique Book.

 

Sticker Book
FJH2065 / 5.95

A wonderful way to motivate and reward students on a successful assignment! Designed from the beautiful artwork found in the four correlating Grade 2A books.

Grade 2B

   


Lesson and Technique Book
FJH2066 / 6.95
FJH2066CD / 7.95

Students and teachers will continued to be inspired as they start this next level of Succeeding at the Piano®. In addition to the fabulous music and thoroughly reinforcing all of the concepts in Grade 2A, Grade 2B includes new concepts such as: intervals of a sixth, finger crossings in preparation for one-octave major scales, C, G, D, A, and F Major scales and I-V7-I cadences, waltz bass, reading ledger lines below and above the staffs, legato pedaling, eighth rest, and dynamics of pp and ff.

The CD has a practice and performance track for many of the pieces which will help students learn and reinforce correct practice habits. The CD also provides students with an opportunity to play with a string quartet accompaniment for some of the pieces!


Theory and Activity Book
FJH2068 / 6.50


This book reinforces the concepts taught in Lesson and Technique Book Grade 2B with creative and diverse activities such as writing, playing, ear training and special "Time to Compose." These activities engage and motivate students with supportive, pedagogically sound material that promote further development of a well-rounded musician!



Recital Book (with CD)
FJH2067 / 6.50

The Recital Book Grade 2B provides wonderful repertoire in a variety of musical styles. Students will enjoy and be motivated to play these creative pieces for lesson assignments, family and friends, recitals, or just for their own fun! The CD gives an opportunity for students to continue to develop their listening skills as they hear the pieces being played musically and technically correct. In this book, students have an opportunity to play many of the pieces with a string quartet accompaniment.

 


Merry Christmas!
FJH2069 / 5.50

 

This festive collection of Christmas music for the Grade 2B student will fill the air with the spirit and joy of Christmas! The beautiful arrangements along with the colorful activities will create the right mood for this special time of the year!



Flash Card Friend
FJH2156 / 5.95

 

This set contains 108 cards presented in a clear and organized manner providing an easy way to drill, reinforce, and introduce new concepts. Each card is numbered so they can be kept in sequence and reinforce the concepts taught in the 2B Lesson and Technique Book. Ledger line reading is a strong focus in this pack of flash cards.



Sticker Book
FJH2070 / 5.95

Designed from the beautiful artwork found in the four correlating Grade 2B books, this Sticker Book is a wonderful way to motivate and reward students on a successful assignment!


Grade 3

   


Lesson and Technique Book
FJH2071 / 6.95
FJH2071CD / 7.95

Grade 3 expands on the concepts introduced in earlier levels and teaches new ones, such as: new time signatures of 3/8, 6/8 and cut time; compound meter; triads and inversions; IV chord and I-IV-I cadence; I-IV-I-V7-I in C, G, and F Major; syncopation; intervals of a 7th and an octave; alberti bass; triplets; swing rhythm; chromaticism; and the three forms of the minor scale in the key A and D. Healthy technique resulting in tension-free playing, conventional and intervallic note reading, engaging music by six leading composers establish a passion for playing piano.

The CD has a practice and performance track with a short verbal pedagogical comment in between that reinforces correct practice habits. The CD provides an opportunity to play with a string quartet accompaniment for some of the pieces.


Theory and Activity Book
FJH2073 / 6.50

Creative and diverse activities such as writing, playing, ear training, and “Time to Compose” keep students motivated as concepts are reinforced. Counting exercises guide students to internalize rhythms and understand them easily. Short games such as matching or fill in the blank reinforce terms and symbols. All of these activities promote a well-rounded musician.



Recital Book (with CD)
FJH2072 / 6.50

Students continue to learn wonderful repertoire in the Recital Book, especially when it’s used with the Lesson and Technique Book. The pieces are engaging and exciting to play. Artistic illustrations provide students with additional ways to imagine and create music. “Before playing” and “After playing” points develop musicianship, practice habits and listening skills.

 


Merry Christmas!
FJH2074 / 5.50

 

 Following the colorful activity pages that reinforce the concepts of Grade 3, are nine attractive arrangements that celebrate the holiday season. Short intros and lyrics are included. These perfect performance pieces can be played at home, church or recitals. Titles are: O Come, All Ye Faithful; Here We Come A-Wassailing; Deck the Halls; We Wish You a Merry Christmas; O Holy Night; and others.


Grade 4

   


Lesson and Technique Book
FJH2075 / 6.95
FJH2075CD / 7.95

In Grade 4 of Succeeding at the Piano® students continue to cultivate musicianship and a passion for playing piano! New concepts are: triads and inversions; two octave scales; the circle of fifths; dominant seventh chords in root position; the trill; the key of B flat Major; 3 forms of E minor and G minor; diminished triads; refined pedal technique; sixteenth notes and sixteenth notes variants. Bach’s Prelude in C BWV 846 and classical themes by Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven and Grieg are interspersed with folk tunes and original solos by leading FJH composers. By reviewing the concepts of transposing, musical forms, intervals, and technical tips, Grade 4 supports the pedagogical foundation laid down in previous grades.

The CD reinforces good practice habits with a short, verbal, pedagogical comment between the practice track and performance track. It also provides an opportunity to play with a string quartet accompaniment for some of the pieces.


Theory and Activity Book
FJH2077 / 6.50

The writing exercises are short and varied yet very useful and informative. The attractive format includes: fill in the blank; drawing; matching; and “Time to Create;” and a new icon introduced in Grade 4 called “Quick Analysis.” The concepts reinforced are: triads in root position and inversions; key signatures; intervals; dominant seventh chords; three forms of minor scales; cadences; the circle of fifths; sixteenth notes and more!



Recital Book (with CD)
FJH2076 / 6.50

Engaging pieces, in a wide variety of compositional styles, reinforce valuable concepts presented in the Lesson and Technique Book. These compositions make fine recital, festival, and competition repertoire for students. Some of the selections are: Fantasie by Telemann; Minuet by Haydn; Musette by Gräfe; artistic arrangements of Tales from the Vienna Woods and Musetta’s Waltz; and outstanding originals by Timothy Brown, Kevin Costley, Mary Leaf, Edwin McLean, and Kevin Olson. Musicianship, good practice habits, and listening skills develop as students focus on “Before Playing” and “After Playing” points.

 


Merry Christmas!
FJH2078 / 5.95

An entertaining collection of Christmas favorites arranged in a variety of sounds and styles–an ideal choice for the intermediate student and excellent for recital or other performance. Contents include activity pages and these titles: Toyland; Still, Still, Still; Ukrainian Carol; Gesu Bambino; Angels We Have Heard on High; and others.

Grade 5

   


Lesson and Technique Book
FJH2178 / 7.95
FJH2178CD / 8.95

Grade 5 expands on the concepts form earlier levels and presents new ones: sixteenth-note patterns, seventh chords, finger independence, voicing, augmented triads, rubato, and assymetrical rhythms. Students continue to learn about the different eras of music, and refine their skills of pedaling, finger substitution, and musical terminology—so they can play beautifully and intelligently. New keys are E-flat major and C minor. Seven touch releases are presented through various technical exercises and pieces, and correct technique is reinforced.


Theory and Activity Book
FJH2180 / 6.50

Writing, playing, and composing exercises guide the student along the path of musical discovery. Throughout this book activities are especially designed to reinforce concepts presented in the Lesson and Technique Book. Students work with chords, inversions, intervals, rhythms, ornaments and sonata-allegro form to help develop musicianship.



Recital Book (with CD)
FJH2179 / 6.95

Wonderful repertoire that correlates with the Lesson and Technique Book makes this book very inviting. This appealing book includes a CD with classical sonatinas, original solos, and arrangements of a few masterpieces that are exciting to play–some with string quartet accompaniment! Students “Before playing” and “After playing” points develop musicianship, practice habits, and listening skills. These pieces make fine recital, festival, and competition repertoire for students.

 

 

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