If you want to learn to play the piano
quickly, then the Lisa Childs Piano Books (now
on Amazon!) are for you. It’s great fun
and very easy. Using these books the Childs Piano School
has been operating for over 60 years, teaching children
from 3 years of age to adults of over 80. There is
never a wrong time to start with the Lisa Childs method – you
can enjoy making music straight away.
Learn Just for Fun or Prepare
With these books you can learn just for
fun or make progress to The Associated Board of the Royal
Schools of Music examinations, scholarships or diplomas.
The Lisa Childs Piano Books are such an excellent
foundation that the examination results at our school consistently
achieve 99.2% Distinctions. Children in particular find
this a fun way of learning, and often begin at 3 or 4 years
of age and are then ready to take their Grade 1 Examination
by the age of 6. Because of the unique Lisa Childs method,
children can start learning before knowing their alphabet
- music really is an international language with no barriers! But this is not just a method for children - Childs Piano School teaches many adults too using eaxctly the same method.
About the Books
Each of the four piano method books takes pupils through
a logical learning process. Below we have included
an overview, and if you think the approach sounds as if
it might work for you or your child, use the Menu to have
a closer look at each book so that you can be sure that
it's right for you.
In addition to the four books teaching the Lisa Childs piano
method, we have included a short description of the three Magic
of Scales books, and also The Magic of Christmas Carols.
Lisa Childs Piano 1
This is for the beginner. Although
colour is used in this book, the Lisa Childs method is
not a ‘colour system’. Colour is used here
as a visual stimulant to make it easier to follow,
rather than the traditional ‘alphabet’ method.
Young children can start to play the piano before they
know their ABC, and can also be taught by parents who need
not be pianists themselves, but can enjoy learning along
with their children. By the end of this book the pupil
will be playing pieces with both hands. This book
has 96 pages.
Lisa Childs Piano 2
Time patterns in music can often
seem very complicated, but not with the Lisa Childs Books. Everything
is explained easily and clearly. The techniques of finger
and tone control are also explained in this book. These
produce the complex variety of sounds we hear on a piano.
All these tips are fully illustrated and conveyed with
clarity and ease. In Book 2 you will be enjoying
classical and popular tunes and learn the quickest way
to obtain the maximum results from your practice.
This book has 96 pages.
Lisa Childs Piano 3
This book extends your range by
teaching more challenging popular and traditional pieces. It
includes greater timing detail and develops the essential
ingredient of listening to the sounds the piano
produces for you, through the use of correct technique.
This book also introduces scales - always a boring
subject? Not when it is explained in an easy and
illustrated way. Another essential item when playing the
piano is the great art of using the pedals to their
full potential. Your right foot is like a third hand; it
is so vital to a successful performance and is fully covered
in Book 3. This book has 96 pages.
Lisa Childs Piano 4
By the time you reach this book you should
be at the equivalent standard of the Grade 3 Piano
Examination and will be well on the way to mastering your
technique and interpretation. This book also continues
showing you how essential having a relaxed body is to improving
the tone that you produce from the piano. You will now
be extending your repertoire to move onto more challenging
works whilst enjoying the learning experience. This
book has 96 pages.
The Magic of Scales
- Major Scales
Scales are of course the dread of most examination
candidates! But using the three Lisa Childs scale books
- Major, Harmonic minor, and Melodic minor - will instantly
prove how easy scales can be. Illustrating the notes and
most importantly the fingering which has to be
used helps to ensure trouble-free scales and good marks
in examinations. All three books include exercises
for finger control and analysis of the scales' origins. This
book has 48 pages.
The Magic of Scales
- Melodic Minor Scales
This is the second book of the Scales
trilogy, covering melodic minor scales in depth. This book
has 64 pages.
The Magic of Scales
- Harmonic Minor Scales
This is the third book of the Scales trilogy,
covering harmonic minor scales. This book has
The Magic of Christmas Carols
This book contains 12 popular Christmas
Carols which pupils will find great fun and an easy way
to impress their family and friends. The carols are
all arranged by Lisa Childs. The book has 30 pages.