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John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course: Part 1 - Revised Edition

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Piano (PF)
Skill Level: Beginner - Explain this
Series: John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course
Catalogue #: WMR000176
ISBN: 9780711954298


The John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course is designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing, complete with an amusing family of characters and illustrations to help emphasise the information being taught.

Part one is devoted to developing fluency in reading by note, the biggest hurdle for most young children. The range is purposely limited. Only five notes up and five notes down from middle C are presented and time values do not go beyond crotchets.

Each book of the course contains its own writing exercises, sight-reading drills, review work and later, technical studies.

Accompaniments for teacher or parent are supplied with most of the examples.

John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course: Part 1 - Revised Edition reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
10 out of 10


Glasgow GB
Good book for beginners, no problems
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 30 November 2016
Published on: 23 March 2017
9 out of 10


Worcester GB
Clear, easy to follow, fun
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 17 January 2017
Published on: 02 February 2017
10 out of 10


Ive used this series for many years. I particularly like the worksheets in this edition
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 06 October 2016
Published on: 22 October 2016

Musicroom Reviews

Rating Review
Customer Rating Unfortunately I only gave this a 1 star rate due to the paper the tutor is printed on. It's shiny and is very difficult to erase pencil markings on the worksheets - makes for a very untidy page!!
Also in Book 1 there is an error on page 19, fourth line down of the third worksheet, the bass clef line, the dashes do not correspond with the notes. Other than this the Book 1 is an excellent introduction to playing the piano for a beginner of any age. I do wish though that when scales are introduced they are introduced in two octaves, a requirement for all examination boards in England. Why has nobody picked up on this? I like the layout of the page, and the useful information and reinforcement of recognizing the notes, but why is there no sign of the song Happy Birthday - this must be the most important song in the whole world, yet very few tutoring books introduce it at an early stage. What a joy for the parent when their offspring can, at the drop of a hat, play Happy Birthday to an Aunt, Grandma, Grandpa etc, get my drift?

Angela Seager

Customer Rating Having used this piano method for many years, I have found it to be a comprehensive and fun piano method for young children. This revised edition of the series brings lessons to life with the colour illustrations which highlight useful information. Part 1 guides the student through the demanding nature of reading music and understanding the keyboard. It proceeds at a good pace which allows the student to assimilate the information presented at each stage, and put into practice what is being taught.

Customer Rating All children learning the piano will enjoy this method. Includes theory exercises, games and great tunes.
Neil Kent

Customer Rating A great fun guide of learning the piano with funny amusing pictures and a great selection of songs.

Tom Lund

Customer Rating I always use the John Thompson Modern Course for adult students, but it doesn't suit children so I thought I'd try this out and I'm very happy with it! It progresses very gently, with a new note every few pages and constant revision over the notes learnt, whether from reading drills or theory worksheets. The children also love the pictures, of which there are just enough to keep interest without being distracted.
See more reviews by Joanna - (Fleet, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Very out of date - it conveys no idea of recent research in piano pedagogy, keeps children refined in middle C position rather than having freedom to move around keyboard. No creative activities. Too mechanical, eye to finger rather than ear to finger, thus not promoting inner hearing.
See more reviews by Bev - (Hitchin, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I've given up with all beginner tutors and actually use my own now, but this is definately the best of the rest. Nice big print, very easy for students to read and they all LOVE the monsters!

Some of the worksheets are rubbish as the space for the answer doesn't line up with where the questions are but it's good to have integrated theory.

I wouldn't bother going onto Book 2 though as it's very uninspiring.

Customer Rating This is a classic first book for youngsters starting to learn the piano. It starts at the very basics and has them playing tuneful songs by the end of book one. I recommend it for any young beginner starting to learn piano or keyboard to supplement the work they will do in their lessons.
See more reviews by Wednesfield School of Music - (ESSINGTON, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I'm not a piano teacher, but my daughter is learning using this series of books and I think that they are quite good. My only grumble is that progress is quite gentle and, as my daughter already has some musical knowledge, she finished the book very quickly. It could prove to be quite expensive if all the books are finished as easily!!!
See more reviews by Jane - (Swindon, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I used this book when I first started teaching and find it very good at getting students to read music. It has worksheets throughout revising note names and time values, which makes my job a lot easier and also eases them into some music theory. The tunes seem enjoyable to play and the teacher accompaniments make the very basic pieces sound more interesting. A lot of students also like the illustrations. The only problem with this book is that bright students will get through it in a few weeks but it provides a solid grounding in the basics of reading and playing music.
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Customer Rating I was taught using this book many years ago and I love it. Im now a music teacher myself and Ive worked from other books in the past I always have come back to John Thompson!

Customer Rating I learned to play the Piano with this course and I used it when I started to teach Piano. I remember enjoying it and still have my first book! I now want to teach my own children the basics and I like the look of the 'updated' version. It is well laid out and caters for any speed of progress.

Customer Rating I have used this book for over 10 years now and can't seem to find a better all round book for teaching beginner piano!
See more reviews by Shaunie - (Ballymena, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This is a lovely book for young beginners (I use it with 5 - 7 yr olds). It moves along at a steady pace for them and the inclusion of accompaniments not only makes the simpler tunes sound more interesting but also helps the child develop a feel for the beat.
See more reviews by Helen - (Widnes, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Big print.
Quick to finish so a great reward for any one learning.
Lack of dynamics but I add them in towards the end of the book (simple ones like forte and piano).
See more reviews by www.piano4solihull.co.uk - (Solihull, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I am a piano tutor and we I start a new younger pupil, I always use this book and other books within the series. They are colourful, fun and easy to read. They have a couple of worksheets in to help the pupil develop their understanding.

All my students have loved it

Customer Rating Excellent simple beginners book
See more reviews by mimi - (Poole, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I've started my 3 year old granddaughter on this book and she is taking to it well. She likes the pictures and seems to enjoy the method of teaching. We are just playing through the exercises at the moment as she is very young

Customer Rating Teach yourself how to read music and learn the Piano. Easy to use and builds up in a sequence that helps progress.

Customer Rating I bought this book as I feel it is very suitable for my younger pupils as the notes are introduced gradually with more than a couple of pieces of music to help them learn their new notes.

Customer Rating The book was perfect! Just what my son needed to begin learning the keyboard. Very easy to order, item was in stock and arrived within two days, even thou the order was'nt placed until late in the evening!

Customer Rating Excellent, a great title for young students.

Customer Rating This is not a series I particularly like; I feel there is far too much fingering and students who have started using this series adopt a 'playing by numbers' approach where they read finger numbers in order to identify notes rather than reading the notes themselves.
See more reviews by rkw - (Wirral, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Nice, easy to use book with large print and introduce bass and treble clef from the start. However, there is a serious lack of modern, recognisable tunes (Old MacDonald and Yankee Doodle are about the only ones). I would recommend Book 2 but would seriously shy away from the 3rd and 4th parts. The complementary Nursery Rhymes book in the same series makes an excellent companion to this, incidentally.
Rory Duncan

Customer Rating Perfect for children learning from scratch! Great book!
See more reviews by Jasper - (London, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course: Part 1 is a valuable first book for any one, no matter what age,in taking the first, tentative, steps in understanding the piano.

It's fun and informative and at a pace any novice can keep up with, it is also recommended by many piano teachers,having used the book I would recommend it unreservedly. Ten stars!
See more reviews by Monkit - (Watford, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This is an excellent book for complete beginners for young children. It is colourful with fun pieces, introducing right hand and left hand quite quickly together, which I prefer, rather than establishing right hand, then bringing in left hand ages after.

Customer Rating I always use this book for my young beginners. It is very good, starting with right hand and very soon left hand, then using both hands in the same piece, so children get used to using both hands.

Customer Rating This book was really easy to read, clearly laid out and had a good balance of information per page. A good mix of practical labelling exercises as well as simple tunes. I particularly liked that the left and right hands are introduced from the middle C making it much easier to learn the left hand notes (bass clef) and how they fit with the right (treble clef). My 10 year old step son had it as his first book and to start with I talked him through the pages as he went along. Once he got going he only needed to ask for help avary now and then. He finished the book in a weekend and unprompted, proudly entered his name into the back page certificate and mine as his teacher.

Customer Rating This is the best piano tutor book I have found for younger children. It is nice and easy for them to read in large print, moves along at a slow, steady pace with clear explanations. It also gives them a sense of 'completeness' with accompaniments for the teacher to play. I can thoroughly recommend it!
See more reviews by jane - (Littlehampton, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Nice book
Fantastic service
Quick efficient well packaged

Customer Rating Perfect - Exactly what our piano teacher ordered.
See more reviews by Charlie - (Plymouth, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating As a piano teacher I find this one of the easiest for my new students to follow

Customer Rating Good resource especially for a younger pupil

Customer Rating Fantastic for 5 year old beginners...clearly set out large print notation & engaging graphics...completely suitable for KS1 age group.

Customer Rating I use the John Thompson series for younger children and I find it very successful. I usually take them through the first three books and then decide to move onto a new series.

Customer Rating My grandson is learning to play the piano at school and this book was recommended.
It was very easy to find it on the MusicRoom website and it was delivered in 2 days - excellent service as usual.

Customer Rating Excellent service and the book is ideal for beginners of piano

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: Not specified
Format: Instrumental Tutor
Length: 40 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Willis Music
Author: John Thompson

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