- Fired Up! Level One
Customer questions & answers
What is the difference between Fired Up! and the Piano Pronto method books?
The Fired Up! method books are intended for older beginners (namely teens and adults). It is a "playing-based" series that is light on theory and features original compositions as opposed to arrangements. The musical selections utilize common elements found in pop music and will appeal to older students.
What theory books should I use with Fired Up?
Fired Up! Level One pairs well with the Prelude: Power Pages and Fired Up! Level Two can be supplemented with the Movement 1: Pages. An additional option is to use the Theory Time Medallion series starting with the Bronze book.
What books should my student use after they have completed Fired Up?
The Fired Up! volumes are intended to prepare students to move directly into repertoire books that suit their tastes once they complete Fired Up: Level Two. If you want to continue with method materials, students can transition into the Piano Pronto: Movement 2 book. Another option is to utilize the Songs I Love to Play volumes which feature favorite selections from the Piano Pronto series minus the text/method materials.
What would you recommend for a beginning tween with ADHD?
I think it's important with any beginner who has different learning styles to spend a few weeks getting a feel for their level of patience and focus using a variety of books. 1. With the Fired Up! method, the songs are all 'originals' so they won't be able to rely on their ears to learn the tunes. This can be a positive or a negative. 2. With the core Piano Pronto series (starting with the Prelude book for this age range) the songs are all arrangements of familiar tunes. This familiarity can be comforting to some beginners who feel more grounded by knowing in advance what the pieces sound like. In any case I want to encourage you to have lots of interactivity with lessons right from the start, namely utilize the teacher duets and/or the Super Soundtracks so there is an external force to focus on (plus it just makes everything sound great right from the beginning. Hope that helps!