Very Effective – Review of DoReMi Piano Book 1

Thank you so much Lindsay for this lovely review of DoReMi Piano

“This is a good, thorough grounding in basic music skills, that will lend itself both to individual, and to group teaching. I particularly liked the Improvisation section (Unit 2.9) as a simple but really effective introduction to the joys of improvisation and composition in a sociable way, and also Unit 3.2 on using the thinking voice to understand pulse and rhythm.

The way that homework is used is also potentially very effective, and perfect for the young child – getting them to teach new songs to someone at home is inspired!

Music as a social activity really comes through.”

 

Teacher Support

Another great review for DoReMi Piano. This time from one of my Amazon customers. All of my customers can rely on excellent post-purchase support if they have any questions or comments about the book. I also look forward to hearing how they are getting on with their students.

“This book has opened up an entire new world of teaching for me. Superb support and back-up from Helen as well – her service has been 100%.”

DoReMi Piano Book 1 Review

Thanks for the great review Rebecca Langley

“I love teaching piano but needed some more ideas to help me really engage my youngest beginners. DoReMi Piano has inspired both my students and me. I didn’t know anything about Kodály beforehand but the teacher guide explains everything extremely clearly and carefully. The activities are great fun and show a sound understanding of young piano students. I would wholeheartedly recommend it!”

What’s in DoReMi Piano Book 1?

DoReMi Piano Book 1 covers

  • Posture and hand position
  • Two and three line staves moving to five line staves
  • Black keys leading optionally to white keys
  • Solfa singing names do, mi, so and la as hand signs and on the stave
  • Pulse
  • Rhythm names ta and titi (crotchets and quavers or quarter notes and eighth notes)
  • Stick notation leading to stems on the score, including stem direction
  • Ta rests (crotchet rests or quarter note rests)
  • Dynamic markings forte, piano, mezzo-forte and mezzo-piano
  • Time signatures 2/4 and 4/4
  • Ledger lines
  • Accents
  • Repeat sign
  • Use of both hands with single fingers (starting with middle finger) and moving onto using the index finger
  • Two note slurs
  • Improvisation
  • Sight Reading

DoReMi Piano Book 2, coming soon, continues from this point introducing the Grand Staff and absolute letter names.

Brand New Piano Method

Welcome to the brand new website for the brand new piano method DoReMi Piano by Helen Russell.

DoReMi Piano is a collection of songs, plus some original compositions, newly arranged by Helen Russell for the young beginner pianist.

A Kodály Approach enthusiast, Helen has published the approach she has found to be so successful in her piano studio. Prior training in Kodály is not required, as there is a comprehensive teacher guide available.