AME Lesson Materials

Piano Materials

Best Early Learning Piano Books

Many parents ask when their child can start piano lessons. At Atlanta Music Education, we have had students start with us even before they walk in our Pre-K sing alongs. With private lessons, we have had students start as young as 3.

In our early learning lessons, we use a combination of piano time, singing, movement, percussion and sometimes even ukulele to introudce them to all the fun music there is.

The Faber books offer a fun, colorful series for our early learners that utilize numbers and patterns to help introduce students to the piano. We require each student at this level to purchase both the lesson book which holds the songs, and the writing book which has coloring, composing, worksheets and even composer studies.

Brand new students will start with just the Level A Books. Below, you’ll also find sticker packets and notebooks that match that you’re welcome to add too!

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Lesson and Writing Book Level A:

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Piano Materials, Uncategorized

Best Sets of Piano Books to Save

While our team requires just the Lesson and Theory book for piano lessons, there are also supplemental books that help with even more skills during piano lessons.

The performance book is where students can find songs to show off at our Kids Open mics and Recitals. The Technique and Artistry books have exercise perfect for warming up during the beginning of lessons or a practice session.

The Faber company has put all four books together for a discount so you can save too.

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Primer Pack:

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Lesson 1 Pack:

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Vocal Materials

Top 5 Vocal Songbooks

Our students come to us with variety of interests, whether it’s Disney, pop, art songs, Broadway, it doesn’t matter. We can instill a love of singing in a healthy way from a very young age. The books we use all have enough fun and musical challenge that every song is a good lesson in vocal technique.

Here are our teachers’ favorite songbooks for our voice students.

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  1. Kids’ Musical Theatre Collection (Vol. 1)

Kids’ Musical Theatre Collection is consistently showing up in our lessons. Featuring some favorite Disney, movie, and Broadway, songs like Castle on a Cloud (Les Miserables), It’s the Hard-Knock Life (Annie), When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio), Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid) and many many more.

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2. 24 Italian Songs and Arias

This collection of Italian songs is a great first step into foreign language in classical music! If your child has aspirations of the grand opera stage, this is where to start. Classical vocal technique starts here.

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3. Broadway Presents! Kids’ Musical Theatre Anthology: A Treasury of Songs from Stage and Film

This is the perfect Broadway Presents! songbook for kids starting to perform and hone their acting skills! This anthology focuses on building acting choices while singing for young singers. It features favorites like Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady), Good Morning (Singin’ in the Rain), and I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (The Lion King).

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4. Frozen Songbook: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack (Piano, Vocal, Guitar Songbook)

This Frozen Songbook is a great trek into learning how to sing and play at the same time! Students can choose from following along with the vocal line and guitar tabs or on piano. This particular features all the favorites from Disney’s Frozen like Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, For the First Time in Forever, In Summer, Let It Go, Love Is an Open Door and Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People.

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Frozen Songbook: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack (Piano, Vocal, Guitar Songbook) by [Hal Leonard Corp.]

5. Taylor Swift – Speak Now (Songbook)

Our pop lovers all swear by Taylor Swift! Her songs are all big hits for our young pop singers and are arranged to with young singers in mind. Speak Now has many of our teacher and students favorite songs like Back to December, Enchanted, Haunted, Speak Now and The Story of Us.

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Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Songbook) by [Taylor Swift]

Tell your teacher about your favorite songbooks too. We always want to show off our new lesson favorites.

Piano Materials

Books for Piano: Level Primer

Faber Edition Primer books are what we most highly recommend for our young learners in beginning piano. These books are low cost and easy to order.

We require students to have both a lesson book and a theory book so they can learn songs but also have worksheets, composing projects, rhythm, and listening modules to improve their classical music theory skills.

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Piano Adventures® Primer Level Lesson Book - 2nd Edition

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Piano Materials

Books for Piano: Level 1

Faber Edition Level 1 are the books we recommend for our beginner piano students, who’ve taken lessons previously or are more familiar with playing on the grand staff. These books are low cost and easy to order.

We require students to have a theory book so they can learn songs, but also have worksheets, composing projects, rhythm, and listening modules to improve their classical music theory skills.

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Piano Adventures® Level 1 Lesson Book - 2nd Edition

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Piano Materials

Books for Piano: Level 2A

Faber Edition Level 2A are the books we recommend for our beginner-intermediate piano students, who’ve taken lessons previously or are familiar with eighth notes and major and minor 5 finger positions. These books are low cost and easy to order.

We require students to have a theory book so they can learn songs, but also have worksheets, composing projects, rhythm, and listening modules to improve their classical music theory skills.

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Piano Adventures® Level 2A Lesson Book - 2nd Edition

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Piano Materials

Books for Piano: Level 2B

Faber Edition Level 2B are the books we recommend for our beginner-intermediate piano students, who’ve taken lessons previously or are familiar with cross-hand arpeggios, the major scales of C, G, and F, and a variety of songs that use fundamental chords. These books are low cost and easy to order.

We require students to have a theory book so they can learn songs, but also have worksheets, composing projects, rhythm, and listening modules to improve their classical music theory skills.

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Piano Adventures® Level 2B Lesson Book - 2nd Edition

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Piano Materials

Books for Piano: Level 3A


Faber Edition Level 3A are the books we recommend for our intermediate piano students, who’ve taken lessons previously or are familiar with 3/8 and 6/8 time signatures and the triplet. Students learn the chromatic scale as well. These books are low cost and easy to order.

We require students to have a theory book so they can learn songs, but also have worksheets, composing projects, rhythm, and listening modules to improve their classical music theory skills.

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Piano Adventures® Level 3A Lesson Book - 2nd Edition

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Piano Materials

Books for Piano: Level 3B


Faber Edition Level 3B are the books we recommend for our intermediate-advanced piano students, who’ve taken lessons previously or are familiar with the one-octave minor scale, motive and sequence, all 12 major and minor triads, triad inversions, syncopation, and an introduction to sixteenth notes. These books are low cost and easy to order.

We require students to have a theory book so they can learn songs, but also have worksheets, composing projects, rhythm, and listening modules to improve their classical music theory skills.

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Piano Adventures® Level 3B Lesson Book - 2nd Edition

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Piano Materials

Books for Piano: Level 4

Faber Edition Level 4 are the books we recommend for our intermediate-advanced piano students, who’ve taken lessons previously or are familiar with chord inversions, sixteenth notes, and minor keys. These books are low cost and easy to order.

We require students to have a theory book so they can learn songs, but also have worksheets, composing projects, rhythm, and listening modules to improve their classical music theory skills.

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Piano Adventures® Level 4 Lesson Book - 2nd Edition

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Piano Materials

Our 5 Fun Favorite Piano Books!

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  1. One special piano book that helps so many of our families is this My Music Journal. This journal helps plan practice time, has a music dictionary, and has fun musical history facts all while providing a tool to help home practice be as productive as possible.
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2. One of our favorite books for recital songs is the Famous & Fun Deluxe Collection, Book 1 by Carol Matz! This book has fun classics in a variety of genres and includes songs like Over the Rainbow, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and The Lion Sleeps Tonight. This book is in nearly all of our classrooms.

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3. For our intermediate piano players, we know they want a fun challenge to make their practice as fun as possible. One book that our intermediate players love is this Piano Literature book. It has intermediate arrangements of classical pieces that we all know and love.

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4. We have tons of kids who are pop lovers to the max! This Pop Songs for Kids has tons of age and level appropriate songs the keep kids pumped and working on piano AND voice! It has some favorites like, Brave, Can’t Stop the Feeling, Firework, Home, Let It Go, Shake It Off, and What Makes You Beautiful.

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5. Disney lovers, we did not forget you! This collection of easy Disney songs are a great and fun way to keep your child entertained with their music for weeks, even months, at a time! It’s got everything your child will love! The Bare Necessities, Beauty and the Beast, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Cruella De Vil, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, He’s a Tramp, I See the Light, I’ve Got No Strings, and (of course) Let It Go.

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Percussion & Drum Materials

Percussion and Drum Lesson Materials

There are a wide variety of options available to learn percussion and drums on effectively. Make sure you’ve discussed your goals and desires with your teacher so you know what products will be best.

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Priced at $499, this Pearl drum kit has all the essentials for a beginners drum kit and includes all the set up pieces. Drumsticks are not included.

 

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The Ludwig Element Evolution 5-piece Drum Set is priced at $799 and has everything you need to get started, including cymbal stands, a drum throne, tom mounts, and tom legs, the Ludwig Element Evolution 5-piece Drum Set is a no-compromise drum set for drummers who demand the best from their equipment.

 

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Boomwhackers are a fantastic way to start off learning melodies in percussion! Octavator Caps are included so you can change the octave that you play in. This set includes all 8 pitches from C to C on a piano. All the pitches are color coded so it is easy for any age to pick up Boomwhackers and start learning music.

 

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These are great beginner drum sticks for beginners practicing. They have a wood tip that provides a balanced sound oval tip for rich cymbal sounds. And the drumstick coating is gloss-free to reduce slippage while playing.

 

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There’s no doubt about it, percussion can get pretty loud. Especially during practice. This double sided practice pad is certainly a must-have because it provides a great pad for beginners to practice technique without making your house the loudest on the street.

 

Please discuss any other materials you may need with your teacher so you have the best tools for success.

Guitar Materials

Guitar Lesson Materials

We know that guitars can seem a little confusing when you start looking for the right one for your child. We’ve gone ahead and picked out our favorite guitar and materials you’ll need to be successful in your guitar lessons.

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Alfred’s Kid Guitar Course is the best beginner guitar book there is. All of our guitar teachers love it and refer back to it at every level because it address multiple area of string technique and makes learning about guitar feel so easy for everyone.

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If you’re interested in investing in a multi-level book, Alfred’s Kids Guitar Course also has a Level 1 and 2 combined book. 

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When you Google “kids sized guitar” there are so many options to choose from. We’ve found that one of the most decently priced guitar and appropriately sized is the Yamaha 1/2 sized guitar. It fits kids from 5-13 (we’ve found) and provides a warm consistent sound that makes learning to use a guitar for the first time not seem daunting. Check it out here.

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Guitar Straps are one of the things that make learning to handle a guitar much easier. One day your child may be able to do without, but we’ve found that the support of a guitar strap lets kids focus on making music without worry. Our favorite at Atlanta Music Education os the Hola! Music brand.

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Guitar picks are one thing you will lose, take our word for it. We like the Fender guitar picks because they have different weights of guitar picks, which makes finding a suitable pick much easier for kids! Go ahead and stock up.

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Guitar tuners are a necessity, especially for beginners players. Tuners not only help you just tune your guitar, they enable your child to start listening and training their ears to recognize when instruments are in and out of tune as a bonus. Our favorite tuner is the Snark Clip-On Tuner for Guitar.

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Capos are a necessary tool as your child advances through their guitar curriculum. Please discuss with your teacher when your child can add a capo to their materials for their lessons. We love the GUITARX capo but how easy it is to use.

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Ukulele Materials

Ukulele Lesson Materials

Ukuleles are such versatile instruments for musicians of all levels! The soprano ukulele size best fits most children and we’ve put together our favorite ukes for you to choose from. We also have listed our favorite method book for beginner ukulele lovers.

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Ukulele Method Book: Alfred’s Kid’s Ukulele Course 1

Alfred’s Kid’s Ukulele Course method book is a great introduction for beginners to they can learn about the parts of their ukulele and learn proper finger positions and how to hold it. This book is a favorite of all our ukulele teachers.

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Our Favorite Ukulele: Kala Soprano Ukulele

Kala Ukuleles have a reputation for being high quality instruments that are suitable for children and adults at any level of playing. This ukulele is make of solid mahogany and had top of the line tuner pegs so you don’t have to worry about your ukulele going out of tune quickly.

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Low Price Ukulele: Mahalo Ukuleles MK1TBS Kahiko Series Soprano Ukulele

Mahalo Ukuleles are perfect for our beginner players. Their size is perfect for children but they also come in 4 fun colors. They are affordable and are great for those who are picking up the instrument for the first time.

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Ukulele Picks: BoloPick Felt Ukulele Picks

BoloPick Felt Picks are smaller and softer, which makes them the best suited for tiny fingers learning to play ukulele for the first time. They come in a pack of 12 so if you lose one, it doesn’t stop your lesson.

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Lesson Materials

AME Lesson Materials

After being a part of the music education community for 10 years, our team has done a lot of research to find the best materials to help children learn music effectively. All while enjoying every minute of their music-making! 

Atlanta Music Education is always looking for resources that encourage independent discovery, instill a basis of music theory, and are easy to comprehend. Our teachers compiled the lesson books, instruments, and songbooks that are our tried and tested favorites for class. 

We have divided our resources into a few different sections for your ease. 

Select your instrument below to find the recommended materials.

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