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Grade 1A

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2nd edition
Lesson and
Technique Book
FJH2269 / 8.95

Dynamics, note reading, and intervals are expanded in the second book of the series, in addition to introducing rests, legato and staccato, and two new touch releases: The Woodpecker and The Push Off. A clean page layout and music that kids like to play engage students so they progress smoothly. The music includes classical arrangements, folk tunes, and originals by our fabulous FJH composers.



2nd Edition Recital Book
FJH2270 (with CD) / 6.50

These entertaining pieces with artistic illustrations and fanciful lyrics are slightly longer and can serve as performance pieces for recitals or adjudications. Optional teacher duets are included, but these selections can stand on their own. The arrangements of classical composers are particularly interesting. Each piece has 3 tracks on the CD: practice speed, performance speed, and performance speed with orchestral accompaniments. Free downloads of all tracks are available at


2nd edition
Theory and Activity Book

FJH2271 / 6.50

Engaging activities such as matching, naming notes and intervals, composing, ear training, identifying rhythms and patterns of notes aurally reinforce Grade 1A concepts. Exercises are concise–they don’t take long to complete or correct. Ear training activities named Follow the Leader and Parrot Play sharpen listening skills and provide a well-rounded curriculum.



2nd edition
Merry Christmas Book

FJH2281 / 5.95

Following the colorful activity pages that reinforce the concepts of Grade 1A, are eight attractive arrangements celebrating the music of the Christmas season. Lyrics are included; some are duets, and some are stand-alone solos. Titles are: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas; O Come, Little Children; Jingle Bells; Deck the Halls; Up On the Housetop; Good King Wenceslas; Go, Tell It on the Mountain; and Away in a Manger.

Sticker Book
FJH2060 / 5.95

Flash Card Friend
FJH2121 / 5.95

Music By:
Timothy Brown, Kevin Costley, Mary Leaf, Helen Marlais, and Kevin Olson

The Teacher's Guide
Preparatory and Grade 1 Levels
The Teacher's Guide includes information on how Reading, Rhythm, Technique, Music, Musicianship, and Theory in Succeeding at the Piano® are seamlessly integrated to provide a well-balanced music curriculum. This guide explains how to teach both levels in a page-by-page format, and includes teaching suggestions, practice steps, technique tips, and music history tips. The guide also includes information on how to use the CD’s and additional supplementary materials. There is a “Commonly Asked Questions” section as well as a section for parents called, “The Parent’s Corner.”

The Teacher’s Guide is a great resource on how to teach this innovative and creative new method!

FJH2136 / 8.95

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