Here are my three main considerations:
- Logical, thorough progression
- The books are inexpensive (generally between $5 and $12) and available through Amazon and just about any music store.
- I also keep copies of most books on hand to sell directly to my students (at Amazon prices). (This is also convenient for when students forget their music books--I have my own copy available for their use!)
- The very young beginner (ages 5-6) would use My First Piano Adventure, books A-C.
- The primary school level beginner (ages 6-11) would use Piano Adventures, Primer Level through Level 5.
- The older beginner would use Accelerated Piano Adventures, Level 1-2, then switch to Piano Adventures for Level 3-5.
- The adult beginner would use Adult Piano Adventures, books 1 and 2.
- Theory: provides reinforcement and creative application of basic concepts such as note-reading, rhythm, scales, notation, etc. These theory books also encourage improvisation, structured composition, and ear-training, promoting an exploration of creativity.
- Sightreading: allows the student to practice and improve sightreading skills (playing at first sight, without having practiced first).
- Performance: fun pieces that broaden the student's musical horizon. Also a great source for recital pieces.
- Technique & Artistry: emphasizes the development of correct hand position and fingering--a "prelude" to études.
- Many levels also include other repertoire books, such as Popular Repertoire, Christmas Songs, etc.
Logical, Thorough Progression
As the Faber method is so thorough, some students breeze easily through the material and finish a level within a month or two. Other students need more time and more reinforcement, and it is typically for those students that I use more of the supplemental materials.