Behind the Scenes: My First Piano Books

Karen Marshall

The critically acclaimed Get Set! Piano books cover the key elements of musical learning and are packed with tunes and ideas to support and inspire young pianists.

My First Piano Book is a new tutor book written for young beginners (from aged 5 years) to use with a teacher. It introduces young children to the piano and music-making through fun activities, rhymes, songs and pieces. My First Pieces, Puzzles and Activities is a new companion book that can be used alongside My First Piano Book (or similar primer) by the pupil at home to consolidate learning. It includes traditional tunes and playful new pieces, plus lots of additional activities to consolidate learning and offer an extra layer of fun.

In this special Guest Post, author Karen Marshall tells the story behind the development of these new resources … 

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My First Get Set! Piano Book

Karen Marshall

Do you teach younger beginners or fancy having a go at working with these little ones in the future?

We are providing some new free digital resources, which have been designed just for you, and to celebrate the launch of two brand new books (My First Piano book and My First Piano Pieces, Puzzles and Activities) both in the Get Set! Series.

This is a free Teacher Starter Pack (courtesy of Collins Music) based on the material in the books.

Writing these books has been quite a journey (the most difficult books I’ve written to date). They took 5 years to write, with material tried and tested in the development process.

These resources are for children from 5 years; the idea is to use the piano as an introduction to music.

You can download this free resource here:

pdf-logo  TEACHER  STARTER  PACK

So what is in this starter pack?..

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Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers

Sheet Music Review

When I reviewed Get Set! Piano about three years ago, I had never met either of the authors (Karen Marshall and Heather Hammond), but subsequently I have developed a friendship with both. And along the way, Pianodao has (with the generous agreement of Collins Music) become a highly visible hosting site for the many free downloads which accompany the Get Set! Piano series.

My review of the new Get Set! Piano Christmas Crackers is therefore now offered in an obviously different context to my original review.

But I hope to be as objective as ever, writing as a teacher giving an insight into the uses of the material – and I hope you will agree that I can at least offer a factual description of its content! So let’s get started …

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