i recently started teaching young beginners and i realized that i donīt really have any good material for that type of student. i know a lot of people here have recommended the "piano adventures" series but there seems to be like fifty books or so. which ones do you recommend i should get first? my beginning students are about 10 years old.
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their basic beginning lesson book is called "primer level".  they also have supplementary books for each level, like theory, perfomance etc.  personally i'm not that thrilled with the "theory" books.  i sometimes find the instructions confusing and i'm not a fan of drwaing lines from one column of terms to another column of definitions and such...it's a pain to check the students' work:)  the performance books provide extra pieces which is nice if you have a student that needs to spend more time on a level.  however, i usually don't need them.  i basically use the lesson books and supplement with my own little projects.

they have another beginning book "for the older beginner" called "accelerated piano adventures" which they recommend for ages 11 and up. depending on the student, i have actually used them for age 9.

there is also and adult course although i've only used it once or twice.  i don't get a lot of adult beginners
i have never found a need for any of the supplementary books.

i suppose if a learner needed more time at a given level that they could be useful, but in the long run all those "extra-curricular" books do is slow down the students' progress.

fjh (faber&faber - recently bought out by hal leonard) offers three flavors:

1. kiddie books

2. teen books

3. adult books

i've used all of them and find them to be reasonably teacher-friendly as well as graded pretty well.

there is no such thing as the "perfect book", but these are the least bad of the bunch.

i first heard about these books here on ljp, and now use them exclusively (unless a student is already using another series).
thanks for the replies. so you are basically saying i only need the lesson books? in general, how many levels do you go through with your students before you drop these books and start teaching more freely and individualized?
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