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The Older Beginner Piano Course - Level 1
By James Bastien

Piano - Level 1
Method. Bastiens' Older Beginner Piano Library. Learn To Play. Instructional book (big note notation). With instructional text, illustrations, big note notation, easy piano notation, fingerings, lyrics (on some songs) and chord names (on some songs). 96 pages. Neil A. Kjos Music Company #WP32. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WP32).

Item Number: KJ.WP32

ISBN 9780849750298. 9x12 inches.

The Older Beginner Piano Course leads the student step by step through basic keyboard fundamentals. Each book contains original music and carefully selected familiar music to provide an enjoyable learning experience. A functional approach is used allowing the student to play and harmonize melodies from the beginning.

  • Merrily We Roll Along 
  • Au Clair de la Lune 
  • Ode to Joy 
  • Frere Jacques 
  • Old Woman 
  • Lightly Row 
  • When The Saints Go Marching In 
  • Down in the Valley 
  • Mary Ann 
  • Clementine 
  • Lavender's Blue 
  • For He's a Jolly Good Fellow 
  • Saturday Night 
  • Blue Mood 
  • Steppin' Out 
  • The Old Grey Mare 
  • London Bridge 
  • Deck the Halls 
  • America 
  • All Through The Night 
  • Michael, Row the Boat Shore 
  • Jingle Bells  
  • The First Noel 
  • Joy To The World 
  • Away in the Manger 
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 
  • Careless Love 
  • She Wore A Yellow Ribbon 
  • Going Home 
  • Row, Row, Row You Boat 
  • The Man On The Flying Trapeze 
  • Cielito Lindo 
  • Kum-Ba-Ya 
  • Theme from Mozart's Sonata in A 
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountains 
  • Over The Waves 
  • The Erie Canal 
  • March Slav 
  • The Entertainer 
  • Melody in F 
  • Danube Waves 
  • Swan Lake 
  • Marionette's Funeral March 
  • Hungarian Dance No. 5 
  • Russian Dance from the Nutcracker Suite 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Madison, WI
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  • July 19, 2018 Older Beginner Piano Course level 1

    I had not played the piano in 51 years! This book is very understandable, teaches the basic, and published recognizable music. Excited to be re-learning the piano!

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  • 5

    Mrs. J.
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  • January 08, 2013 THE method for music reading

    I have been teaching the Bastien Piano Basics for more than thirty years. The "Older Beginner" series is good for children ages 12 and older, with a caveat. This moves very quickly, and for the youngest, they may do better with the less aggressive pace of the "Basics" series. This...

    is THE method for learning to read music: stresses melodic shapes and intervals, not rote note-letter naming, although I supplement with flash cards for that. My student come out of this EXTREMELY strong readers, consequently, players. I recommend supplementing with "Favorite Melodies" or other Bastien arrangements at this same level, as they need more to play than what's in the Piano and Musicianship books. But this is age-appropiate and moves along quickly for those troublesome teen years. Highly recommended.

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  • 5

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  • September 25, 2012 Excellent book

    I have used this book for many years with beginners 5th grade and up. It lacks the colored pictures of the regular Bastien beginner books, but includes good theory pages. I also really like the way it introduces chords and key signatures. If you are unacquainted with this book give...

    it a try. I highly recommend it.

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  • 5

    New Milford CT
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  • March 22, 2012 The Older Beginner Piano Course

    I have found this book best for all but the youngest students.

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  • 5

    Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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  • September 20, 2011 Piano Solos for The Beginning Piano Player enjoying it as supplemental music to my "Adult Beginners Instructions" book, which has by neccessity limited pieces that are very short. Longer scores in this set give needed opportunity to practice concentration and endurance for a beginner over two or three pages. liking it very much.

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