Piano Pronto®: Keyboard Kickoff
First primer level book in the Piano Pronto series (suggested for all beginners under age 10).
Students of all ages read on-the-staff notation from day one!
35 fun and familiar tunes to build note-reading skills
Engaging teacher duet parts for every song (sold separately)
All-in-one textbook with integrated theory exercises
Pronto Prep sections teach and reinforce effective practice habits
Perfect for use with ANY student who needs a slower pace at the outset of lessons
Transition easily to the Piano Pronto Prelude level book
Students completing both Keyboard Kickoff & Prelude build a rock-solid foundation of rudimentary musical skills
Play-along soundtracks available (sold separately)
Additional DetailsSKU: PPMB001
Level: Primer, Beginner
Medium: Hardcopy, Method Book
Method Book Match: Keyboard Kickoff
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Thank you Jennifer for helping her find what she loves and providing enjoyable music and easily observable progress to my students. I was hesitant when I started with Piano Pronto, but now there is nothing but love!
by Miss Lianna at JMPAA
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by Mary O.
I also love the fact that these books are in Piano Maestro.
I will definitely continue using this book for young beginners as well as for fun sight reading for any student.
I have used Kickoff on two students so far. My daughter, who is 6 years old was sort of struggling with the note reading in later Prelude. Kickoff was perfect to give her some additional note help, while still giving her great songs. She is moving along faster now, and I will be using Kickoff for all my students under 7 I think.
I also started a 5 year old yesterday and so far so good there too! As soon as the hard copies are back in stock, I’m placing an order for more!
Keyboard Kickoff is an absolute gem for younger beginners! Having the notes on the staff with letter names has been a confidence builder for students. And, while they don’t realize it, they are actually learning them as they go. Keyboard Kickoff has filled a material void in the 5 – 7 age group. Prior to this, it was often difficult to find a book that wasn’t too challenging and at the same time too young. Keyboard kickoff is a must!
This book is great not only for use with little new beginners but also for those struggling with consolidating rhythms. The duets encourage easy sight reading & that sense of following a pulse which can be sometimes intimidating for students to attempt. I have had good success with elementary students taking a step back & having fun with following the rhythms – the spot the tune game is equally entertaining for parents who appreciate the early introduction and use of classical music!
I introduced Keyboard Kickoff to two beginning students two weeks ago. Both are 7 years old. The joy on their faces when they were able to understand the concept of a staff, notes, rhythm, etc. after the FIRST lesson was priceless. At the same time, I introduced Prelude to an additional 4 older students in the same week with equally powerful results. The methodology behind these books is by far the best I’ve seen in all my years of teaching. They capture the attention of young minds, and the familiarity of the songs encourages practice. Piano Pronto has moved to the forefront of my studio, and I couldn’t be more excited. Thank you, Jennifer Eklund!
A great book for beginners who need extra time, whether they are young or not! I am currently using this with a just-barely-six-year-old beginner, and also with an older 8-year-old girl who has spent a year in the primer level of another series but needs to practice on the same level for a while. Both girls equally love this book- the songs are fun to play, and nothing about the book says “young child.”
I am so excited for Keyboard Kickoff! What a perfect way to begin lessons on staff! I love that theory pages are included and that there is a companion teacher duet book to make it even more exciting! My students that have used it so far love the pieces in the book. It gives them a great foundation for learning to play the piano. I highly recommend. Thank you Jennifer!
I’ve only just started with Piano Pronto and I feel I already need dozens of pages to write how well thought out this series is…..over and above loving Jennifer’s approach, which is extremely well thought out in what piano should be (enjoyable, pleasant, motivating and educational) ….I have already experienced a student who was not engaged in another method but is now thriving in Jennifer’s. I just ordered more and am excited to share this wonderful series with all my students!! Try it – you will love it. ~Sherri L
This book is a great way to start young kids off on the piano. I just started a 7 year old in this book, and both her and I are loving it. I like that it moves quickly, so kids are playing the same type of song over and over, but it doesn’t move to quickly as well. An added bonus is that theory is included in the book, so there is no need for another theory book. I have a few more students starting soon that I think will do great with this book, and highly recommend it!
I have used this book for my younger students. Age 5 to 6… I love the fact that eighth notes are introduced right away. Familiar tunes for our little ones engage them to play more and the teacher duet to this is fabulous !! You will not be disappointed :))
I’m using this with beginner students, and also with transfer students to give them something fun to play while we gauge where they are. They love the familiar tunes…and I’m super excited that the teacher duets are also available
After starting a seven year old in another method book two months ago, I decided to add Keyboard Kickoff to her lessons. I was frustrated that we still were not reading on the staff and Keyboard Kickoff changed that in an instant. Additionally I love the fact that many melodies have a familiarity to them allowing the student to grasp them quickly. I am super happy I discovered piano pronto!
I have been using this book with 2 students now 7 & 9 years old and they love the book! The tunes are familiar to them so they have an idea how the songs go. Spring time is a favourite. I will definitely be purchasing more in the future as delivery to Australia is very fast!
I started using Piano Pronto about 2 months ago. I have 6 young children on Kickoff who are 5-7 years old. Hands down this is the best intro book going. These children are reading on the staff and counting numbers. They are learning quickly and love lessons and the songs. When they see songs they know in the back of the book they work harder to get there. So far “Spring Song” is the favorite!
I kind of balked a bit with the absence of left hand/bass clef. But I see that the right hand is enough to deal with for now – and that success is paramount. Meanwhile I have 5 finger exercises, arpeggios and triads in progress to strengthen both hands. Those in Movement One enjoy the familiar tunes – but I was surprised to see that songs which are familiar to us adults have not been part of this generation’s childhood – so they are now getting a boat load of songs they should be learning in school and community. I find Pronto Prep a great help. Buy the time they get to “the song” they can play it quite successfully and they fly likety split through a piece each week. One boy loves the Clementi Sonatina – and wants to try to play the original – so we’ll have a go at it. I am very happy with this series!!
I’ve searched high and low for a method book suitable for my really young beginners… and I’ve FINALLY found it!!! I love Keyboard Kickoff, and so do my students!
I started a 5 year old little girl in this book recently, and it’s great! I love how straightforward this method is and the freedom it gives me as a teacher. I also love that it has even little ones using the staff right from the start. Off the staff prereading doesn’t always help kids become better on the staff readers.
I’m using Keyboard Kickoff with 4 students right now. One of them is high functioning with autism. I had him in two other methods prior to this one, and this is the method he’s most excited about! He actually practices and his technique is even improving. I’ll never go back to other methods. Thank you again Jennifer for an excellent piano method!
I have just started using Keyboard Kickoff with my adult students and I am pleased with the results! I love this method that gets students reading on the staff right away! I also love the clean layout and straight-forward approach.
I heard great things about Piano Pronto and decided to try it with a few of my students. I got this book for my little 6 year old student who had been taking lessons with me for a year already. She loved it more than her brightly colored music course! I’ve always said the joy should be in the music, not in the colorful pages… And she proved me right! Love this course and I’m so excited how it grabs the interest of even the smallest students!
My students are jumping ahead independently. I love the initiative this music provides.
This is a fantastic book for beginners of any age. I even have a special needs student using it & he is doing wonderful! Students love the pieces & the teacher duets are second to none. Some would think immediate on-staff reading would overwhelm a 4-6yr old beginner but I have not any any issue with that. Piano Pronto gives the teacher a simple outline that allows for easy supplementation. This helps teachers completely customize the lesson experience for each individual student.
Gets them right into playing! Duet parts are really lovely too. I really appreciate the thought behind immersing the students in reading music from the beginning, rather than mnemonic devices or other needless memorizing. Thank you Jennifer!
My beginning students in Keyboard Kickoff are thriving. I love that eighth notes are introduced early and that familiar tunes are utilized. Jennifer’s teacher accompaniments are original and so much more fun than the typical method duet parts! I am definitely a fan of the series and of this starter book.
These books are the greatest. I have always hesitated to teach little ones, because other books just D.R.A.G.G.E.D….boring! We would be on finger numbers forever, then ABCs forever. With “Keyboard Kickoff”, we jump right in to notes on the staff – then eighth notes and dotted quarter notes. And the littles are GETTING IT! They may not understand the concept behind the fractions involved in eighth notes and dotted quarter notes, but they can understand the rhythm. I am thrilled, the kids are happy, and the parents are blown away. It’s a win-win for everbody.