Dogs and Birds - Book 1 (Animal Note Edition) (DB-001-AN)

Dogs and Birds - Book 1 (Animal Notes Edition)

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    It is a real treat to discover a new and imaginative approach to teaching the piano which really works and is completely accessible and user-friendly.
    Faye Caley, Music Teacher magazine

    Dogs and Birds - Book 1 (Animal Notes Edition):

    • is recommended for ages 3 to 6
    • has animal symbols printed in every note-head
    • includes pieces, rhythm exercises and musical games
    • has a storyline with beautiful coloured illustrations to stimulate the child
    • uses blue and red to distinguish between left and right


    Download pdf of sample pages: Book 1 (Animal Notes Edition)


    As they work through the material children:

    • start playing music using both hands from day 1
    • learn the position of notes on the keyboard and staves using animals
    • sing the animal names as the play thus developing musicality and their inner ear
    • learn to count, understand rhythm, and feel the pulse
    • love the animals and stories, and learn in an enjoyable and fun way
    • can practice unaided using this simple approach


    There is a blank notes edition of Book 1 which:

    • helps the child to progress to using conventional music
    • is best used together with the animal notes edition
    • contains the same material but without animal symbols and colours
    • can be purchased with the animal notes edition at a discount

    Info on blank notes edition

    The material in Book 1 is supplemented by other products:

    • Notes to Book 1 for Parents and Teachers, Including CD - info
    • Small Animal Tiles and Coloured Staves - info


    All the material relevant to Book 1 can be purchased together at a substantial discount as the Complete Music Set for Beginners. This contains:

    1. Dogs and Birds - Book 1 (Animal Notes Edition)
    2. Dogs and Birds - Book 1 (Blank  Notes Edition)
    3. Notes to Book 1 for Parents and Teachers, Including CD
    4. Small Animal Tiles
    5. Coloured Staves
    6. Music Manuscript Book (4 Staves per Page)

    Link to Complete Music Set for Beginners




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    1. Great products

      I love the Dogs & Birds books for young beginners - they provide such a visual and story-based method for teaching them the notes, and children quickly pick up the way the notes repeat in a pattern across the piano, so they are not as constrained as with five-finger methods. on 6th Apr 2015

    2. review- the method i use for young children

      I've used this method for young children (age 2 and up) for a couple of years now- it is the only really successful way I've found to teach young children the piano, before they can read. I usually avoid doing too much on the rhythm exercises until they're at primary school ,as I find they pick it up really quickly by the time they reach the age of 4+ whereas most struggle before then with the counting however I teach it. But we do lots of other exercises- eg marching, clapping etc to develop a sense of rhythm.

      I use this method with children with various learning difficulties (seems to work well for children with dyslexia), very young children, those with short attention spans and have been known to get adults started with it too!

      I would highly recommend this method to anyone looking for an alternative to the inappropriate old school methods (think John Thompson etc, or the American style Piano Adventures etc which again, really don't work for very young children.
      on 5th Jan 2015

    3. recommended by piano teacher

      This is a great book for beginners. It is very colourful and friendly rather than lots of black notes on lines that can look quite daunting. On the back is a very useful picture showing how the notes are represented e.g. C - picture of a cat, D - picture of a dog etc, and you can photocopy it and stick them on the keyboard to help. Great too, that the pieces are only a couple of lines long so they don't lose interest. on 24th Dec 2014

    4. younger learners

      It took me awhile to get it to work for me. The students were 3 and 3 1/2 yrs. old. I am a grandparent, knowing the theory and some piano, having never formally taught, so the instructions were quite helpful, adapting it to a lower level of course. In a class setting, it would be great, as the slower ones see how the others are doing. It really depends on the students and whether they have an ear for music or are immature, not having heard much music by their parents. Always, it is fun to see the lights go on and confidence built. on 27th Nov 2014

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    Paperback: 50 pages
    ISBN-10: 1-4706-1187-2
    ISBN-13: 978-1-4706-1187-3
    Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 22.9 x 0.6 cm