10 books to help your child learn to play piano and keyboard 7


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Here are my ten recommendations of piano books for kids. They will help your child learn how to play the piano and keyboard, including identifying and playing notes and reading sheet music, plus some simple collections of children’s songs that you or your child can learn to play.

The First Book of the Piano

1. Usborne’s First Book of the Piano (with CD)

Featuring cute cartoons, large easy to use pages and diagrams, and plenty of well-known pieces of music to learn with, the Usborne First Book of the Piano is a great introduction to the piano for children.

Buy The First Book of the Piano with CD at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


First Book of the Keyboard

2. Usborne’s First Book of the Keyboard

Has similarities to the “First Book of the Piano” but is great if you’ve just bought a child’s first electronic keyboard because it also covers the basic features found on most music keyboards.

Buy First Book of the Keyboard at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


The Fantastic Big Book of Children's Songs

3. The Fantastic Big Book of Children’s Songs

A huge collection (67) of piano music for kids including some modern favourites: The Addams Family Theme, Blue’s Clues Theme, Bob the Builder, Linus and Lucy, SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, Thomas the Tank Engine and Welcome to the Blue House.

Buy The Fantastic Big Book of Children’s Songs at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


Really Big Book of Children's Songs

4. Really Big Book of Children’s Songs

Another “big book” from the same publisher as above.

Buy The Really Big Book of Children’s Songs at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


Very Easy Piano Tunes

5. Very Easy Piano Tunes

A lovely piano book for kids in the same style as Usborne’s First Book of the Piano, featuring a lot of easy to play traditional songs including Merrily We Roll Along, The Grand Old Duke of York, London Bridge is Falling Down, Home on the Range, Lavender’s Blue, Scarborough Fair and Auld Lang Syne.

Buy Very Easy Piano Tunes at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


Disney's My First Songbook for Easy Piano

6. Disney’s My First Songbook for Easy Piano: 1

The first in a series of books that will help your child to play Disney favourites, including Cruella De Vil, A Whole New World, The Bear Necessities, Under the Sea, Beauty and the Beast and more.

Very simple arrangements and delightfully presented.

Buy Disney’s My First Songbook for Easy Piano: 1 at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes and Children's Songs: 169 Classic Songs Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar

7. The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes & Children’s Songs: 169 Classic Songs Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar

Also useful for those wanting to play the guitar, this is a huge collection of more traditional songs for you and your child to play and sing together.

Buy The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes & Children’s Songs at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


Kid Songs: Easy Play for All Keyboards

8. Kid Songs: Easy Play for All Keyboards

Book can be used with piano and keyboard instruments and comes complete with coloured stickers for labelling the notes. It’s also well illustrated.

Buy Kid Songs: Easy Play for All Keyboards at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


Progressive Electronic Keyboard for Young Beginners

9. Progressive Electronic Keyboard for Young Beginners: Book 1 / CD Pack

The first in another series of electronic keyboard learning books. This piano book for kids comes with an audio CD and features graded lessons using 20 well-known children’s songs as examples.

Buy Progressive Electronic Keyboard for Young Beginners: Book 1 at Amazon.com or Amazon UK


The Music People

10. The Music People

Quite an old book (1980) and one that I grew up with. Cute cartoon notes and rests explain basic musical theory and example using the piano among other instruments.

Buy The Music People at Amazon UK


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