Theory Gymnastics: Animato (Level A) by Three Cranky Women (TCW Resources). For piano. TCW Resources. Level 1. Method book. Published by TCW Resources (KJ.TW200A2).
Choose one of two books based on the student's age: Level A - Brillante (ages 5-7) or Animato (ages 8-11). Concepts in Level A include the music alphabet, the grand staff, steps and skips on the keyboard and staff, rhythm up to eighth note pairs, five-finger patterns, chords, and more! Choosing the right book ensures these concepts are presented through age-appropriate artwork, verbiage, and activities. Upon completion of Brillante, young students who would benefit from review can repeat Level A with Animato or move straight into Level B.
About TCW Resources
TCW Resources exists to create music teaching materials designed to inspire teachers and students to reach beyond the ordinary. We are committed to producing quality products that utilize sound educational principles. With the knowledge that music can enhance every child's life, we offer students and teachers fresh new tools that will promote their love of music and make music a valued gift for the rest of their lives.
TCW Resources was founded in 1993 by Laura G. Zisette, Charlene Zundel, and Kathleen Lloyd to create teaching materials that are thorough, easy to use, and fun and stimulating for students. The materials are age- and level-appropriate, well-paced, and employ multiple approaches to accommodate varied learning styles.
TCW materials are piloted through the Utah State University Youth Conservatory, a music preparatory program for community children. This conservatory serves over 250 students, ages 5-18, through group theory classes and individual piano lessons. Its curriculum offers weekly group theory classes and individual piano lessons as well as many other extra-curricular programs. The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) stated that "the USUYC should be a national model for music preparatory programs."
TCW materials are used in many other preparatory programs and conservatories around the United States and Canada.