Which Adult Piano Method?

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In my article Teaching Adults to Play the Piano I explained how adults learn differently to children. It follows that we need a range of resources more suited to adult needs.

In this post, I will now present my shortlist of the best adult method books, updated for 2022, and with full reviews of my Ten Top Choices


One of the most exciting developments over the course of my piano career has been the huge increase in adults taking up lessons. I have lost count of the number of adult beginners I’ve had the pleasure of teaching over the last three decades; at present I teach more than 30, ranging from beginners of all ages to more advanced returners.

Whatever the reason for starting lessons, the last thing most adult beginners want is to be presented with  Jimmy Timpson’s First Piano Lessons for Tiny Tots, or a minor variation with the word “adult” cannily stamped on the front cover.

Happily, there are many suitable choices. Fully refreshed for January 2022, I’m delighted to present this newly updated and expanded survey of popular choices which can each be recommended for different reasons…

As discussed in my post The Problem with Method Books, there will never be a one-stop perfect solution to suit all beginners, and the teaching professional needs to be acquainted with a range of alternatives, matching material to each student’s interests and needs.

I hope that you enjoy the following round-up, and find yourself excited by the wonderful range these books offer.


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How to Practise Music

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Andrew Eales

Andrew Eales is the author of HOW TO PRACTISE MUSIC, published worldwide by Hal Leonard. He is a widely respected piano educator and published composer based on Milton Keynes UK.