Rockschool’s first Piano Method books bring a contemporary approach to a student’s first steps on the piano.
Learning to play the piano can be one of the most rewarding things you decide to do, which is why we’ve created our first ever set of Piano Method Books for the contemporary pianist. No matter how a beginner learns, the books used to kick-start their journey can be really important. When it came to developing a book for such a well-trodden path, RSL reached out to the most important people in any of their new projects: music teachers and their students. What they found was that the best piano books for beginners are those that reinforce the fundamentals while also keeping the student engaged throughout.
Whatever your motivation, learning to play an instrument has never been easier in our digital age. With e-classes, YouTube or physical lessons, and self-guided learning resources, you have an array of option to choose from. No matter what avenue you explore, a good method book can go a long way to providing a platform to load all future skills upon. For older learners, self-teaching using a method book can be less expensive and less time-consuming; and for teachers of younger students, using a method book can help provide an effective methodology you can consistently rely on.
Why Use a Rockschool Method Book?
You can find a slew of method books online today, but many of them seem to lack a contemporary feel that can truly captivate a new generation of music students; potentially motivated to play by a wider variety of musical influences than ever before. With this in mind, the Rockschool Piano Method books should give a new player time to ease into the craft of playing the piano, whilst providing an in-depth understanding into the fundamental techniques that the greatest pianists still rely on today.
“It was an absolute pleasure being involved in RSL’s first beginners’ method book for the piano. With my experience of developing learning materials for young musicians along with my knowledge of the RSL brand, I worked together with the RSL team to create this wonderful new method. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved and can’t wait to see how the next wave of music students react to it.” Noam Lederman, Musician/Educator/Author
After being a music examiner for many years, in 2009 Noam was appointed Chief Examiner for Rockschool, where he led of training and moderation of the examiners panel, as well as developing and producing the highly successful 2012 syllabus (the tracks created for this release now re-labelled as Rockschool Classics in the 2018 edition).
In 2014, Noam founded the company Jungle Jam Publishing, providing high quality educational products and services to music institutions and anyone else who has an interest in music education. Given Noam’s continued success and wealth of experience in the sector, it was a no-brainer for us to bring him back to help produce a book for an audience he has an intimate knowledge of.
Where to Start?
Before your first lesson with a student, it’s worth getting a full understanding of the current ability to ensure your neither repeating old ground, or jumping ahead.
If you have answers to these questions, you’ll most likely be in an ideal state to begin:
- Are they an absolute beginner?
- Have they studied the instrument in some way before?
- If so, what have they learnt?
- Do they just know the basics, like their scales and chords?
- Have they studied another instrument before?
Sound & Vision
Rockschool’s Piano Method books contains everything a beginner needs to learn all the way up to Grade 1 level – to be covered at the readers own pace – whether self-learning or with a music teacher. Each book is broken up into 10 easily digestible sections, with pictures, stickers and engaging exercises, specifically designed to maximise the enjoyment of learning a new instrument in a fun, refreshing way.
REMEMBER: Pictures and bright colours aren’t just for the kids. We’ve found that visual learning at the earliest stage is an ideal form of presentation for absolutely anyone looking to learn a new instrument, regardless of age. Embrace your inner child and make it work for you. A big part of playing music is having fun – don’t forget it!
With embracing the fun at the forefront of the Rockschool Method, every performance piece included has duet parts specifically written for a teacher (or anyone else partial to the piano) to help the bring colour and collaboration that makes playing music a special thing. As always, all of the music included are professionally produced, high-quality recordings giving every player the backing they deserve. Rockschool’s Piano Method books ensures that every new lesson brings learning modern music to life.
In order to provide the most fluid transition possible into our Piano and Keys Grades, these books has been benchmarked to the same standards as all of Rockschool’s syllabuses, these contemporary Piano Method books cover all the aspects of traditional piano techniques from a more accessible and engaging angle, whilst preparing students to take Rockschool Piano Debut and Grade 1.
Once the elementary skills, techniques and co-ordinations are suitably assured, the Debut material can be introduced with a confidence that all material included can be well understood. What this learning platform also enables, most excitingly, is the perfect opportunity for a young players first foray into personal expression via the introduction of basic improvisation. The last thing we want is to aid the production of inexpressive, robotic players; so as far as we’re concerned it’s important this skillset is explored early on.
If said player is approaching up to a year of practise, it might be more profitable for them to explore Grade 1. At this stage, candidates have more than likely mastered the debut level skills already and have since acquired greater use of technique, rhythms, co-ordination and musical understanding.
This transition also has the added bonus of being able to see all of the hard work rewarded by one of the most satisfying experiences in your music education: learning to play some great songs. You may not think it when you start, but it won’t be long before the wonderful worlds of Yan Tiersen, Elton John and The Beatles, or the professional-pop-punch of Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Regardless of what song, artist, genre or style a student is focusing on, at this stage the hope is that they are already developing a deeper appreciation of the musical choices that make each composition work, thus unlocking the door to their own possibilities as a developing musician.