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Dogs and Birds is a multisensory approach with many musical activities. The beginners’ set is a package which is perfect for starting your child’s musical journey. It includes:

  • Two beautifully coloured Book 1s (one with animal symbols and one without), which teach your child to read, sing and play musical notation. They also establish hand co-ordination and rhythm.
  • Coloured Staves and the 56 Small Animal Tiles, which are excellent support for ear training, finger exercises, compositions, and making reading music simple. 
  • Notes and Lesson Plans to Book 1 for Parents and Teachers, which gives you our 17 recommended steps for covering the material in Book 1, and the Music Manuscript Book, which helps you to be well organized.

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It just makes learning so effortless and so much fun. Vici Hoban Read, Jiggle and Jam

It is a real treat to discover a new and imaginative approach to teaching the piano which really works. Faye Cayley, Music Teacher Magazine


20 Reviews

  • 5
    A piano teaching method I was looking for a long time ago!

    Posted by Unknown on 19th May 2016

    I was looking for a piano method for 3 1/2 / 4 year olds long time ago and I am very pleased that I found "Dogs and Birds". The idea is great and it leaves a lot of room for teacher's creativity during the teaching process at the same time. Thanks a lot! I can't wait to try it!

  • 5
    great product for little children who want to learn how to play the piano

    Posted by Nadine Matheson on 11th Apr 2016

    great product for little children who want to learn how to play the piano. It would be great if the tiles were magnetic though...

  • 5
    Excellent for Creative work

    Posted by Nesta on 2nd Feb 2016

    This fun product suits a range of age groups depending on developmental needs, and can be flexibly used to reinforce note names, or to develop compositional skills

  • 5
    Very pleased!

    Posted by Unknown on 10th Jan 2016

    I'm very pleased with the product I bought. It's great to have the complete set as it gives you lots of options. I would definitely recommended for both parents and teachers!

  • 5
    Excellent product

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Sep 2015

    In my opinion, this book set opens up a great avenue to teachers who would like to start teaching private piano lessons to children aged 3-4 - the songs and rhythm exercises are very comprehensive, the book and animal tiles are beautiful - very good quality with nice colours, very tastefully done. Nice quality of paper in the book as well. A nice lesson guide for teachers, and worth getting the entire teacher set for beginners.

  • 5
    Super book and teaching method

    Posted by Laura Pietrek on 10th Sep 2015

    I was so excited to try this out with my little boy who has just turned four. He loves it - as do I - this approach is really wonderful: it encourages creativity; puts rhythm practice at the fore and develops a child's ear by encouraging singing and implementing the Kodaly method along side piano playing. I also really like the fact it begins with two hands straight away (D and B which outlines the So - Mi interval). I can already tell that this approach is going to be really beneficial in developing a reliable inner ear. Thank you for giving me such an exciting way to teach little ones the piano! I hugely recommend this approach.

  • 5
    immediate success with a four years old!

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Aug 2015

    235In three lessons I have a child committed to singing and reading dog/bird in rhythm and on pitch! Both his father and I are so pleased with the child's success!!! My older students enjoyed reading through the first book . This series is a winner !!!!

  • 5
    Great product

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Jan 2015

    I'm a teacher with 30-yers of experience and always looking for that perfect method for young beginners. Recently I came across "Dogs and Birds" and ordered this set. I use it succesfully with students from 4 to 7 y.o. It's fun to teach and learn. Four-years olds use book with pictures only. For 6-7 y.o.beginners I alternate two books from level one so students introduced to notes with pictures and without them at the same time. The board with the staff is useful to reinforce the note placement and composition.

  • 4
    Lovely materials for Kodaly-trained pupils

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Jan 2015

    I'm a piano teacher but also teach early years Kodaly and these materials are ideal for my pupils, who have mostly done 2-3 years of Kodaly before starting piano. This method has obviously been very thoroughly thought-through and is a joy to use. The illustrations and the stories in the Pupil books are delightful and really engage young children's imaginations. Really nicely put together. It's great to have the two books identical save for the animal notation as it gives children bags of confidence! The Teachers book is a useful resource some great ideas for additional exercises and games and really enrich the use of the Pupil books. The tiles are helpful and its nice to have each one slightly different - just as every D sounds slightly different, each dog is an individual too! Placing the tiles on the keys is a great way to find the notes but not practical for playing (they slip around too much), so we tend to prop them perpendicular to the key (slipped behind the black notes). The stave is nice to have and it's great that you can use the tiles straight from the piano onto the stave. It would have been even better to have them made to stick on the stave (velcro? magnets?) rather than fiddling with blu-tack though. My only other comment would be that, as this is a Kodaly-based technique, it would be nice to see the sol-fa (solfege) names used as well as the Dog & Bird, which would help with the cross-over for pupils who've already had Kodaly training. The only other Kodaly-based piano book I have previously used the Colourstrings Piano ABC book but Dogs & Birds is far superior - it's far more engaging and (also important) much more reasonably priced!