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KJOS Bastien Piano Basics Theory Primer (WP205)
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KJOS Bastien Piano Basics Theory Primer

Theory is the theory workbook portion of the Bastien Piano Basics course. Each book contains written work and some short pieces to reinforce the concepts presented in Piano . Games, puzzles, and colorful illustrations make learning fun! Your students will gain a better understanding of the music they are playing, and they will learn more easily when theory instruction is a regular part of their piano studies. Each page is carefully correlated with Piano, Performance, and Technic .The Primer Level includes drills, games, and short pieces to reinforce the concepts presented in Piano . It features easily-understood directions and large staff size for written work.

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Bastien Primer Theory book

By Debbie Blanzy from Matthews, NC on 2/15/2011 10:23:34 PM

I really like the way the Bastien writers designed this book in terms of artistic flair as well as coordinating the pages of the piano book that go with each specific lesson. Scope and sequence is good for the most part. The first few pages begin simply which is good. However, the "2nd" lesson jumps from only a tiny bit of work to "use with pages 8-13" in the piano book. There are also several pages in the Performance book that go with this lesson. Sure, the teacher can cut the lesson in half, but sometimes it can be a bit challenging to design that time-wise during a lesson. I always feel like I need only about 15 minutes for the first lesson with a student but anywhere from 45 mins. to an hour for lesson two. Pages 7-10 are the best pages in the book. Teaching the students to learn the names of the keys as they relate to the black keys is excellent. I've noticed that the red (5-7 yr. old) primer theory book only does this for 3 keys C,D,E). I wish you would put pages 8-9 of the pink primer Theory into the red primer Theory. You could break it up into two parts for the red book. On pp.12-13, I often wondered if exercises 34 and 37 aren't a bit too challenging for the younger beginners. A 9-11 year-old does fine with these two exercises, but a 6 year-old finds it quite difficult (too abstract for his/her brain). I like the review quiz on p. 15 but I find the younger students cannot do this without help from either myself or the parent. On p. 17, drawing the treble clef signs is doable for 9-11 year olds but not for most 6-8 year olds. The bass clef is easier. On p. 24, #72 seems to stump the younger ones due to the fact that the slur sign he/she is to draw is so long. The "G Position" lesson on p. 36 should be broken down into maybe 2-3 lessons. This totally new material always seems to be a breaking point for some students. They react to the difficulty of this particular lesson. I've tried all kinds of things but of all the lessons in this book, this one takes most of my students at least 3 weeks to master which is not stressful to me as the teacher but seems to be stressful to my students. I also would personally prefer the sharp and flat lessons to be back to back. I think the flat lesson wouldn't be as frustrating if it wasn't associated with G position. I would suggest putting the staccato lesson after the Middle C position lesson. Actually, I might even suggest you consider putting the G Position material in Level 1 Theory instead of in Primer Theory. Some of what I have written here might be different if there was a 6-8 year-old primer Theory and a 9-11 year-old primer Theory. I hope some of this is helpful. Overall, I choose Bastien over Alfred or Faber & Faber for the core curriculum books with each new student. Thank you for providing such wonderful material for teachers and students to use.

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