Here’s a list of books and equipment that help me get through life as a piano player and  teacher:

 

 

BEGINNERS:

 

CLASSICAL:

Dover First Book of Classical Music

A First Book of Chopin

Simply Classic

Lord of the Ring’s Trilogy

 

 

JAZZ:

Playtime Jazz and Blues Level 1

Playtime Jazz and Blues Level 2a

 

 

INTERMEDIATE

 

CLASSICAL:

Easy Piano Classics

Chopin: First Book for Pianists

Piano Literature- Book 1: Developing Artist Series

Piano Literature for a Dark and Stormy Night

Yann Tiersen’s Amelie Soundtrack

Preludes by Vandall

 

FAKE BOOKS

The Ultimate Fake Book

The Real Book 

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION/HISTORY

This Is Your Brain On Music

The World In Six Songs

Musicophilia

How Music Works

 

TO IMPROVE SIGHT READING:

Any Piano Adventures book. Go for a level that’s just a tad too easy. The idea is to play through each song one time through.

 

KEYBOARDS

In my opinion, these keyboards offer the BEST possible piano sound when you can’t have the real thing. If you can afford the Nord, buy that one, if not, the Privia is the next best thing.

Nord Stage

Casio Privia

Tabletop Keyboard Stand

 

RECORDING EQUIPMENT

Just in case you like to record your own music, here’s what I use:

Logic Pro Recording Software

Focusrite Safire Recording Interface

Audio Technica Headphones