Access Piano Method

I have written a new piano method that combines formal piano instruction with solfege sight-singing, listening, and tonal and rhythm pattern-singing and playing, so that young pianists will acquire the life-long skills to self-accompany, play by ear, sing in tune, and play and sing by notation. You will find here my thesis which includes the research behind the method as well as a teacher guide and some helpful links. For more information on how to purchase my method, please contact me.

Access Piano Method Teacher Guide

Access Piano–A Research-Based Approach to Piano Pedagogy

Access Piano Method Map 

B Series is parallel to allow for different tunes for siblings or teacher sanity. Young students will take longer than older students. Piano lessons should be individualized to student pace.

Series A Book 1

C Major Scale, contrary and parallel (taught incrementally) 

A Minor Scale, contrary and parallel (taught incrementally after C Major)

Duple Do Re Mi Staffless: “Hot Cross Buns”

Triple Do Re Mi Staffless: “Fais Do Do” 

Duple Do Re Mi Sol Staffless: “I Have a Dog”

Triple Do Re Mi Sol Staffless: “Johnny Works with One Hammer”

Series A Book 2

C Major Scale, contrary and parallel (taught incrementally) 

A Minor Scale, contrary and parallel (taught incrementally after C Major)

Keyboard and Staff Introduction

Duple Do Re Mi Grand Staff: “Hot Cross Buns”

Triple Do Re Mi Grand Staff: “Fais Do Do” 

Duple Do Re Mi Sol Grand Staff: “I Have a Dog”

Triple Do Re Mi Sol Grand Staff: “Johnny Works with One Hammer”

Series A Book 3

F Major Scale, Parallel (taught incrementally)

D Minor Scale, Parallel (taught incrementally)

G Major Scale, Parallel (taught incrementally)

E Minor Scale, Parallel (taught incrementally)

Duple Do Re Mi Sol La: “Great Big House” 

Triple Do Re Mi Sol La: “Morning”

Duple Do Re Mi Fa Sol: “Cobbler, Cobbler”

Triple Do Re Mi Fa  Sol: “Oats, Peas, Beans”

Duple Do Re Mi Fa Sol La: “Ah! Vous Dirais-je, Maman”

Triple Do Re Mi Fa Sol La: “Fiddle Dee Dee”

Series A Book 4

B Flat Major Scale (taught incrementally)

G Minor Scale (taught incrementally)

D Major Scale (taught incrementally)

B Minor Scale (taught incrementally)

Notation Reference Guide

Literature Introduction:

Teacher-chosen pieces from Succeeding with the Masters: The Festival Collection, Preparatory by Helen Marlais

 Chord Introduction

(Mostly by demonstration/copying. Introduced incrementally as needed for repertoire.)

Lead Sheets (Repertoire from Books 1-3)

Duple Do Re Mi: “Hot Cross Buns”

Triple Do Re Mi: “Fais Do Do” 

Duple Do Re Mi Sol: “I Have a Dog”

Triple Do Re Mi Sol: “Johnny Works with One Hammer”

Duple Do Re Mi Sol La: “Great Big House” 

Duple Do Re Mi Fa Sol: “Cobbler, Cobbler”

Triple Do Re Mi Fa  Sol: “Oats, Peas, Beans”

Duple Do Re Mi Fa Sol La: “Ah! Vous Dirais-je, Maman”

Triple Do Re Mi Fa Sol La: “Fiddle Dee Dee”

Triple Do Re Mi Sol La: “Morning” (skipped at first due to more complex harmony)

Christmas Carols 

(Each carol is arranged for every level so that students can play Christmas music. Carols are designed to fit into the lesson as new repertoire. They can be included in repertoire review if desired. Sequence should pause for Christmas carols and resume once Christmas is over. Reviewing repertoire and scales should be included, however.)

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Silent Night

Jingle Bells

Joy to the World

Up on the Housetop

What Child Is This?

After completion of Book 4, Review of repertoire, scales, and literature should continue. Add new literature following the same plan.

The series will continue with songs in minor keys, more complex harmonic structure, and a focus on developing accompaniment skills along with the literature. This is still in the works.

For further improvisation development, after completion of Book 4, student will be ready for Developimg Musicianship through Improvisation by Azzara & Grunow, published by GIA.

Additional literature can be found in the following books in the series:

Succeeding with the Masters: The Festival Collection,by Helen Marlais, published by FJH.

Easy Piano Classics by James Bastien

Add contemporary tunes using River Flows in You and Other Eloquent Songs for Piano published by Hal Leonard.

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