On 8th March 2016, Faber Music published a brand new piano method created by leading international pianist, Lang Lang. Aimed at 5-10 year olds, The Lang Lang Piano Method is a series of five books progressing from complete beginner to around Grade 1 level, designed to inspire the next generation of pianists with Lang Lang's passion and enthusiasm for the piano.
The series is the next step in the Lang Lang Piano Academy, bringing an imaginative and contemporary approach to learning the piano. Lang Lang’s experience and expertise are distilled throughout the books, encouraging performance skills and self-expression right from the start.
Lang Lang says, “I have loved making my new series for complete beginners and presenting a way of learning the piano that 21st century children can relate to. I hope including the cartoon character helps kids to have fun and engage with the lessons.”
A cartoon Lang Lang brings the books and his own voice to life, taking young pianists step by step through each section. The books develop the right and left hands equally, enabling children to play concert pieces early on in the learning process and establishing good dexterity.
Lang Lang added, “Learning an instrument can be a really important part of a child’s development and a great way to improve many things like concentration and focus. Learning needs to be enjoyable as well and I’m sure kids will make good progress and be inspired to keep going with this series.”
Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to Lang Lang playing piano classics for children. The books are accompanied by online audio tracks, including exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces.
Hear Lang Lang talk to Radio 3's Suzy Klein about The Lang Lang Piano Method here.
Watch Lang Lang talk about music education here.
Levels 1-3 are available to buy now and Levels 4 & 5 are due to be released in September 2016.
Photo by Andy Griffin. Left to right: Anna Pavlova-Harris, Lara Pavlova-Harris, Lang Lang, Poppy Barton, Max Pennala