New in Piano Adventures: 2nd Edition & Teacher’s Guide
August 30, 2011

It’s been eighteen years since Nancy and Randall Faber first published their Piano Adventure Piano Method books.  No wonder they are testing the waters with a 2nd edition of the Primer and Level 1 books!

There are 6 new features:

  • The lessons taught in the theory books are more closely tied into the material in the lesson books.
  • There are now improvisation exercises in the theory books, based on the 5-finger scales.
  • The Primer has an enhanced “reading strategy” for learning bass notes;  Level 1 starts with a review of notes from “My First Piano Adventures”, effectively bridging the gap between these two books.
  • The Lesson books now start with a progress chart, which helps teachers develop a lesson plan, and details the corelations between the 4 core books:  Lesson, Theory, Technique & Ear-Training and Performance.
  • The Lesson books feature new pieces, and incorporate new “musical twists” which help students apply “technique secrets” to their piano playing.
  • At the end of the Level 1 Lesson Book, there is now a “challenge section”, which previews more 5-finger scale patterns.  This offers the teacher (and student!) opportunities in transposition with pieces already learned.

There is also a newly released Sight Reading Book in the Primer Level!  (Get ‘em while they’re young!)


Also new to the Piano Adventures Series, is the Primer Level Teacher Guide.  This hard-cover book is a great pedagogical aid, and tackles each piece in the Lesson Book with organizational headings such as

  • what’s new (introducing what the piece is teaching)
  • what’s important (what the focus of the lesson should be)
  • let’s get started (basic preparations)
  • explore & create (exercises both at the keyboard and away from the keyboard, exploring tricky aspects of each piece)
  • partner pages (parallel exercises in the other primer level books)
  • pedagogy pointers (suggestions for the teacher)
  • see it in action (Watch Nancy Faber with her students on the DVD!)

There are also some helpful tools in the Appendix pages of the book:

  • Teacher Duets for each piece in the Lesson Book
  • A concise “Cross-Reference Chart” which allows the teacher to see at a glance, unit by unit,  how the Lesson, Theory, Techcnique, Performance and Sightreading books work together.
  • An index of the songs by theme – action songs, animal songs, dances & marches, silly songs, etc.


Piano Teachers, have you worked with the 2nd Edition books?  Would you like to give feedback directly to the Fabers?  You can do so here!

If you haven’t yet seen these new editions, The Leading Note now stocks the 2nd Edition.

The original editions will still be available from our distributor, and can be special ordered from us.


Piano teachers, take note: New RCM Popular Selection List
August 26, 2011

RCM has updated the Popular Selection List that supplements the Piano Syllabus, 2008.  The latest edition from 2009 can still be found online but is now out of date!  The 2011 List can be purchased for $12.95.  We have several copies in stock.

Introducing The Unpopular Music Sale!
August 3, 2011

Now’s your chance to get that music you never thought you wanted!  Introducing The Leading Note’s Unpopular Music Sale: starting in August we will be offering hundreds of books for half price.  I said 50% off!  What books, you ask?  Well, how do I say…er…yes, it’s the stuff that doesn’t sell often…the books that have been sitting on our shelves for a few years.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t filled with great music!  No, indeed, you probably never noticed they were there and never discovered that you wanted them!

How about Four Pieces for Polish Fiddle by Anton Webern or William Bolcom’s Monsterpieces for piano?  You can get Dave Brubeck’s Reminiscences of the Cattle Country or the Deluxe Performance Edition of Arthur de Lulli’s Chopsticks.  Other more serious repertoire include the Grande sonate in sol majeur by Tchaikovsky or the fancy Bärenreiter edition of Telemann’s Violin Concertos.

Sale selections currently include:

  • 56 selections from our solo piano repertoire
  • 57 piano methods
  • 49 violin and piano pieces
  • 19 violin methods
  • 10 violin collections

Now is your chance to own music your friends don’t have at fantastically reduced prices.