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Start with numbers, then read music

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Here's an unedited, independent review from a recent customer:

My husband and I are lifelong musicians and have tried for years to introduce the piano to our older son, now 9 years old. He just didn't seem interested and we didn't want to push him too hard as a young child, fearing he may rebel and refuse to study music. When I saw your piano course, it looked like "the answer" -- soft sell, just put the stickers on the keys, sit the book on the piano, and mom plays with it to attract attention. It has worked like a charm. No pressure. The ability to instantly produce recognizable melodies. He loves it!

We have been studying musical composers this week and focused on Beethoven yesterday. After reading a short juvenile biography, my son exclaimed, "I want to compose a symphony, right now!" So he ran across the house to the piano, sat down and wrote 5 pages full of numbers (his "symphony" has 3 movements). If he hadn't had the tools you had given us, the 12 stickers on the keyboard, he would not have had the gumption to try it. He sat there for 2 and a half hours, composing and playing. I finally had to beg him to take a lunch break!

This is his response to your program after only 3 weeks! I look forward to watching his progress with your program.

My 5 year old son didn't want to be left out of our Beethoven study and asked me to write out Ode to Joy in numbers for him to learn. He practiced several times yesterday and played it flawlessly for Daddy last night. He is working on London Bridge right now. Oh, he just exclaimed, "that's easy, Mommy!"

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

B.B. 

"I keep the piano number book on the piano, and when our friends come to visit they sit down, and every one is fascinated with how easy it is to get the idea of playing the piano. We love it. All the kids take a turn!" 

Another "True Piano" Story:

"My son's piano teacher uses numbers and all sorts of musical games in their piano lessons and has really gotten my son excited about piano. He's started sheet music, slowly, but mostly he just loves to play songs, new ones, old ones. On Memorial Day we had a barbecue, and a neighbor wanted her daughter to show us her piano playing (after a year.) She played one song, Mary Had a Little Lamb, I think, very slowly and with no pleasure at all, as if it were a chore. I said, "David, play 'em a song." My son played song after song, all by number, and all with a real sense that he enjoyed it. He played for almost half an hour. Everyone was amazed at the difference in attitude. The girl's mom asked me for our piano teacher's phone number." 

Another "True Piano" Story:

"My daughter had a horrible first experience with piano lessons. Our teacher was an older lady, very nice but very strict, who insisted on teaching our daughter sheet music only, the 'old school.' My daughter hated it with a passion. Then this spring we took lessons with John, and his 'fun method,' and all of a sudden my daughter loves piano and waits by the window for her lessons. I think this method works because it moves at the child's pace, not the teacher's. I'm amazed. Why didn't they think of this when I was a kid?"  

Another "True Piano" Story:

"I was very skeptical about this piano by number stuff. My daughter is 13 and has had 4 different teachers over the years since she was 7, but she still can't really play many songs or read music. She wants to play and loves the piano, but doesn't seem to succeed with conventional teachers. Then we got John as a teacher, and Marty, that's my daughter, just took off. The first week he had her playing Moonlight Sonata, and a Bach Prelude, both hands, and she was so happy. John seems to understand instinctively what kids need to continue being excited about learning music and piano." 

Another "True Piano" Story:

"I'm 52, retired early, and I wanted to try to learn piano. I tried piano when I was a kid, but reading the notes was just too difficult. Anyway, John got me started with numbers, and all of a sudden it made sense to me. I started this February, that's four months, and I can play a dozen classical pieces (stuff like the Clementi Sonatina and Bach and Beethoven, etc) all by number and ear. I was amazed how John insisted I memorize the music so that I could look at the keys. Even my father, who plays, who was very skeptical about the stickers and the numbers, was amazed when he heard me play piece after piece. I'm also learning sheet music too, little by little, but I can already play songs so it's a great incentive now to learn sheet music, too. This is the way to get started!" 

Another True Piano Story:

"Well, a friend's child came over and played with perfect fingering and everything but it was clear he hated it. Then my daughter played a few songs, and it was clear that she loved music and piano from how she launched into the songs so passionately and with such a sense of fun. I'm so glad I opted for a teacher who went slowly and understands kids. Kids really want to play, you just have to go slowly. This numbers stuff really works. Sheet music can wait a little while they gain confidence." 

From Parents:

"Last night the whole family played Name That Tune in the living room, and our daughter played all the songs!"    

"My mother remarked that the kids could read music she put in front of them. They aren't intimidated, they just try and read it."

"My daughter started playing piano by numbers, and then she started teaching me. I always wanted to play. It's a lot of fun to do together."

"I have a six year old granddaughter and she is always going to the piano and playing her songs. All this week she's been playing Danny Boy and I love it!"

"John knows what kids like to play and how to make learning fun. He has a unique style of teaching and my two sons look forward to their piano lessons each week."

"My children practice without being told!"

"John's method of teaching is really great for children. He builds their confidence and makes music fun for them."

"John has a great rapport with his students. He makes it easy  for his students to enjoy playing piano."

From Kids:

"John is a good teacher because he teaches in fun ways. At first I played music by numbers and songs from TV shows. Now I can read real music."

"When I wasn't that good at piano he taught me to read notes better so I can be a better pianist. Now I can read the notes fast."

"Piano is very cool. John makes me like playing the piano."

 

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Piano Is Easy and the Piano by Number series are written by John Aschenbrenner, a noted children's music educator, Emmy Award winning composer, and Broadway veteran. 

Click here to view his distinguished academic background.

John is actively involved every day in inspiring children to take a happy interest in the piano using Piano by Number and simple piano games. You can, too! 

 

Start your child playing piano today!

PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE INCLUDES:

PIANO IS EASY (ISBN # 0-9718936-1-6) Sturdily bound, durable, colorful 120 page illustrated song book with 50 songs such as Jingle Bells and London Bridge, Play Along Audio CD and removable numbered stickers. 

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC. This fun, easy-to-understand music activity book is the best way to start children reading music. Click here for sample pages.

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a FREE copy of the 56 minute DVD video from TEACH YOURSELF PIANO. This video will have you playing chords (three piano keys played with the left hand) and fun, familiar songs with both hands right away. That's a $16.95 value free!

2 BOOKS,  PLAY ALONG AUDIO CD and DVD 

Click here for a list of songs.    Click here for sample pages.

PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE $39.95   

 PIANO IS EASY book package includes a 107 page song book with 44 songs and removable stickers, plus a Play Along Audio CD, free DVD and copy of the book  I CAN READ MUSIC.

You can also purchase individual books with CD $24.95

 

THE COMPLETE BOOK PACKAGE: 

1. 107 page illustrated THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT Book with 44 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers   

2. 120 page illustrated PIANO IS EASY Book with 50 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers 

3. 50 page I CAN READ MUSIC Book 

4. 132 page TEACH YOURSELF PIANO STEP BY STEP Book, 56 minute DVD Video and removable stickers 

5. 141 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 130 songs, and removable stickers 

6. 88 page EASY CLASSICAL PIANO BY NUMBER Book with 10 songs, and removable stickers, and 29 minute Play Along Audio CD 

6 BOOKS, DVD AND 3 PLAY ALONG AUDIO CDS 

Our BOOK PACKAGE price: $89.95

See also the ENTIRE LIBRARY PACKAGE

The Complete Package includes all 6 basic books, 6 sets of removable stickers, 3 Play Along Audio CDs and a free DVD.

You can also purchase individual books

Red musical note: start your child reading music today!

Our Play Along Audio CDs are an important element in making the piano fun for kids, and are produced by Grammy Award winner (Sesame Street) Joe Castellon. 

Our colorful books and videos have been created by Emmy Award winning composer and teacher John Aschenbrenner and are guaranteed to get your child happily started at the piano.

Digitally engineered and mastered, these high quality educational recordings include fun, familiar songs that children love to hear and play along with, and are sure to give hours of musical enjoyment, entertainment and guidance to your child.

Special thanks to these schools recently joining our growing list of organizations using PIANO BY NUMBER:

Primrose Day School, Jumping Jacks Preschool, Valley Elementary, Kid's Korner, Play All Day Nursery School, Children's Development Center,  Springfield Child Time

If you're not sure what book is right for your child, email us at info@pianoiseasy.com and we will be glad to help you.

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