This fascinating set of materials from Elza and Chris Lusher is based on the principles of Kodály teaching, enabling very young children to start their musical education before they can read notated music or understand the alphabet. Maggie Williams, International Piano magazine
All recommended starting material sold together at a 16% discount:
I have just started using the series with a new pupil who is five and has a short weekly lesson with me. Her older sister has lessons already and the younger one was very keen to start.
After three lessons she has really taken to it - as has her Dad. So far she can locate all the dogs, birds and eggs in any register and is already reading the rhythms accurately.
We are using 'owl' fingers which I find excellent as it stops her making a fist and playing everything with the same finger.
My only criticism is that the egg picture can be confused with the bird and goose ones. I think, with Granny's help (she brings the girls for their lesson), that we are now clear about the difference as we sort them into the correct piles before starting.
I have a couple of very young children on my waiting list and will definitely be using Dogs and Birds with them when they start. Hilary Pugh on 21st Mar 2018
I received this package 2 weeks ago and have been using it with my grandsons ages 4 and 5 years old. This package offers teachers all they need to start using this method. I use the staff board with all my beginning students regardless of the method.
Both grandsons love the "story" idea of this method. Every week we have new and exciting adventures with the animals. They can both identify the keys of D, B and E on the keyboard and on the staff. The colored hands is a wonderful teaching tool as children of this age struggle with the idea of left and right. I have been teaching for over 35 years and this is the best method I have seen and now used for children ages 4-5. Wendy on 19th Feb 2018
This is one of those products that i'd have never heard of were it not for our piano teacher. Everyone at the school loves her, and one of the reasons they love her is that she uses dogs and birds.
it is fun, easy to use, and just the best way of teaching a little one piano in a joyful way that i have ever come across Rich Ellis on 23rd Aug 2017
These beginner packs are terrific for very young pianists. Students do not need to know how to write or recognise numbers or letters, as the animal tiles make note recognition an enjoyable and memorable way to build their musical knowledge. The emphasis on singing and maintaining a pulse is paramount and these books put these skills first. I shall be recommending the Dogs and Birds method to other teachers! Pippa Harrison on 19th Oct 2016
Best tool for young children to learn piano the fun and easy way.
My 4 year old absolutely love this idea of using animals for the notes. It is so much easier to focus and still have fun learning an instrument. Unknown on 26th 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! Unknown on 19th May 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... Nadine Matheson on 11th Apr 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 Nesta on 2nd Feb 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!
Unknown on 10th Jan 2016
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. Unknown on 27th Sep 2015