Schott Music’s Mini Maestros

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Those looking for good anthologies of easy piano music are fairly spoilt for choice these days. Latest to arrive, a set of three new books from Schott Music, compiled by the ever-prolific Hans-Günter Heumann, and collectively titled: Mini Maestro.

With each of the three books containing 50 solo pieces and 3 bonus duets, Mini Maestro certainly offers great value and plenty to dig into, so let’s take a look…

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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

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Piano Playground

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Hans-Günter Heumann is nothing if not prolific. Only a few weeks ago I was reviewing his excellent Mystery Piano collection (read my review here) collection, follow-up to his popular Fantasy Piano which I have previously reviewed. And let’s not forget that in the meantime he has published the 16 books that make up the Piano Junior method series!

Somehow he has also now found the time to write Piano Playground, two new books of “playful pieces” brought to us by Heumann’s regular publishers, Schott Music.

Let’s take a look…

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Mystery Piano

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Of the many new piano collections reviewed here on Pianodao over the last couple of years, one of the smaller number to make a particular impact within my own teaching studio has been Hans-Günter Heumann’s Fantasy Piano (reviewed here) which has become a firm favourite with early-intermediate players. Pieces such as Rainbow Fairy and The Sunken Island of Atlantis have started to appear in our regular student concerts, and clearly appeal to players and audiences alike.

Heumann has now produced a brand new collection – a sequel, again published by Schott Music, called Mystery Piano. So let’s see how it compares…

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Fantasy Piano: 20 Enchanting Easy Pieces

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With the new term getting underway at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, now is surely a good time to mention Hans-Günter Heumann‘s magical collection ‘Fantasy Piano’, recently published by Schott Music.

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