1. The story and illustrations capture student's attention and imagination. Students are inspired to keep learning as the Piano Power Quest engages them in the story, which takes place in various lands in the world of Middle C Earth. On their quest to master the piano, students will journey throughout each land and meet many characters. Like any story, they’ll want to know what happens next!
2. The curriculum is well-rounded and teaches all functional skills. Students learn all the functional skills needed to become successful pianists, including: reading music, technique, sight reading, theory, history, ear training, composing, and improvising. There are four books: Master Quest, Technique Training, Sight Reading Success, and Theory Triumph.
3. Earning points provides built-in accountability for student practice. Piano Power Quest empowers students to challenge themselves to practice effectively and come to their lessons prepared and ready to learn. Teachers award points (which are called “stars”) for completion and accuracy of practice pieces and theory work. Stars are tallied at the end of each level and students are awarded a rank title based on how many stars they accumulated in each book.
4. Points incentivize students to practice properly and work hard. It’s fun and rewarding for students to earn points! Video games, for example, use points to measure a player’s success. Earning points also teaches students to prioritize piano. Piano Power Quest is different from other piano methods because students earn points for accuracy and effort. As a result, students put more effort into learning piano and they enjoy the process!
5. It's easy for parents to be informed and involved. Student scores are recorded in the back of the book, which enables parents to easily monitor their child’s progress. Parents can also view the Piano Power Quest lesson assignment pages to ensure their child is practicing the assigned material. Finally, the website also provides free access to soundtracks for parents to use as a guide.
6. Emphasizes the 7 Elements of Piano Music to develop independence. The 7 Elements of Piano Music include: Notes, Fingering, Rhythm, Dynamics, Articulation, Pedaling, and Tempo. As students advance through the Primer Level, they learn one element at a time. For each main piece, students receive a rating between 0 and 5 from their teacher in each of the elements. Breaking down the music into its core elements gives students a broader understanding of what is required to practice pieces to perfection.
7. High-quality music with lyrics expands on the story. The vast majority of exercises and pieces have been carefully composed by the authors to be lyrical and directly support the story. There are also many teacher duets to add to the experience. While the main story unfolds in the Master Quest (the lesson book), the music from the other books complement and expand on the story. While most of the music is original, Piano Power Quest® also includes arrangements of well-known favorites and classical themes from famous composers.
8. Online resources help ensure student success. The website has many valuable resources to help support teachers, parents, and students. Books can be purchased directly from the website. Teachers can download lesson assignment sheets. Parents and students can listen to recordings, which serve as a performance model and practice companion. There are even teacher duet recordings to further enrich students’ experience.
9. Students are challenged to be creative and imaginative. There are “For a Challenge” sections throughout, which encourage students to expand on what they’re learning. For example, students may be encouraged to make up a melody for a rhythm exercise or to play a piece softly and staccato to change the mood. In addition, students also exercise creativity and imagination in the “Composer’s Corner” and “Improvisation Station” sections of the Theory Triumph book.
10. The story and material are organized by chapters and sections. Chapter titles and section titles organize the story and concepts learned in a way that intuitively guides teachers and students through the material. For example, a student should complete section 1 of chapter 5 in all books before moving on to section 2. As the story progresses, students look forward to what’s coming up in the next chapter!