Piano Safari Offers:

  • A carefully sequenced, intervallic approach for learning to read music notation
  • Patterned pieces taught by rote that provide engaging music for students from the first lesson
  • Animal themed Technique Exercises that teach the basic motions of piano technique
  • Improvisation ideas for developing creativity
  • A holistic approach combining ears, eyes, and imagination that allows children to become musically literate at the piano

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  • Are you searching for ways to inspire students to improvise and compose? If so, check out our latest blog post by clicking on the link below.

    By Dr. Julie Knerr We thank everyone who attended our Piano Safari Summer Institute this past weekend in Athens, Ohio. It was a wonderful, pedagogy-packed event. We really enjoyed meeting teachers from OH, KY, PA, NC, NY, IL, VA, AL, and even Australia. If you missed it, don’t worry! We have another...

    June 30

  • Wendy Lloyd Blackwood added a new photo to Piano Safari's timeline — with Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher.

    How to spend Saturday morning at 8:00. Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar.

    June 25

  • Welcome to the Piano Safari Institute at Ohio University!

    June 23

  • We have now released Piece Cards 1 as a digital download! We have both a single and unlimited option available. Piece Cards 2 are soon to follow. When you print we recommend using card stock (glossy preferred).

    Piece Cards provide motivation for students to learn and review their pieces. Students earn a card for each piece they complete in Repertoire Book 1.

    June 22

  • Here is a blog post by a teacher in Spain shared in our group Teaching Piano Safari! https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeachingPianoSafari/permalink/900485873395298/

    June 13

  • An odd question for you. I have several transfer students who have come into my studio this past year (playing at about a Piano Adventures Level 1 level) who sadly came from teachers where a lot of the concepts you would expect to see solid just are not where they should be. (The one I took on today, for example, could not figure out where in the world to put her hands in relation to what was printed in the book. :( ) For many of them, I just take them back through the latter half of Piano Safari 1 (starting at pg. 52) to help solidify their skills. BUT I also have several students in this predicament who also have a younger sibling starting as well, and I use Piano Safari 1 with all of my beginners. As a teacher, I do not have an issue with siblings using the same method or level (provided it isn't in the same spot in book they are starting), but I know that many of these older siblings who have been playing 1-2 years longer than their siblings definitely make a gross comparison about playing from the same level as their younger sibling. Is there a possibility that at some point you might entertain the idea of publishing a modified version of Level 1 that omits the beginning concepts and just includes the material from pages 52+? I am not suggesting making a completely new book with new and different material, but just the latter half of the book reprinted such that these students would not feel like they are back at the same level as their younger sibling (even when they really are not). Just trying to explore options to use the method across various levels without them feeling like they are in the same level per se. And if anyone has any suggestions, please chime in with how you would suggest using the same level with a new and continuing sibling without the continuing sibling feeling like they stink at piano. Thanks! :)

    June 08

  • For those of you who are members of the UK-based The Curious Piano Teachers, we will be presenting a webinar today, Wednesday, June 8th at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). We look forward to our conversation with this dynamic group of teachers!

    June 08

  • We are excited to announce that we are in the process of developing a Piano Safari Sight Reading and Rhythm app! Please let us know whether you and your students would prefer a version for iOS (i.e. Apple iPad) or Android. Also, tell us if you would appreciate and utilize a model audio performance option for each example. The app will not record and playback the user's performance. Students and teachers will be able to mark on the card, and the app will also track student progress. The app could be used in lieu of the sight reading and rhythm print version.Thank you for your feedback!

    June 08

  • My student recitals were this past weekend. Lots of great playing, including this performance of Hopeful Beginnings, from Piano Safari Repertoire Book 3. Happy recital season!

    Hopeful Beginnings by Julie Knerr

    June 07

  • Looking for a way to energize students in their practice of scales, inversions, and chord progressions? This fun new teacher/student duet will do the trick!

    This energetic duet will make students want to practice their technical patterns over and over! The Primo part consists of scales, chord progressions, and inversions in the keys of C Major, A Minor, G Major, E Minor, F Major, and D Minor. The Secondo, intended for the teacher, provides a fun and fla...

    June 06

  • Piano Safari shared their event.

    This event is shaping up to be a great one! Teachers from many regions of the US and even Australia will join us! We would love to meet you all!

    Join authors Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher as they give a series of workshops about Piano Safari. This event is held in conjunction with the Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar.

    June 05

  • What do potatoes have to do with Hanon? Check out our latest blog post to find out! http://pianosafari.com/2016/05/31/hanon-potato-variations/

    By Katherine Fisher This past fall when Julie and I were writing Technique Book 3, we decided to include Hanon Exercise No. 1. This was not a decision we made lightly. After all, there have been many impassioned posts on Facebook recently from teachers about either the benefits or drawbacks of stude...

    June 01

  • Thank you, Natalie Weber, for writing a review and hosting a giveaway of Level 3! You can sign up for the giveaway on her blog: http://musicmattersblog.com/2016/05/26/review-and-giveaway-of-piano-safari-level-3/

    Even though I believe that a good teacher can effectively utilize any method or curriculum to help a student achieve success, there is something invigorating about having well-designed resources th…

    May 26

  • Piano Safari shared their post.

    New Blog Post and Video!

    May 23

  • New Blog Post and Video!

    By Dr. Julie Knerr This past Saturday one of my students in Piano Safari Level 2 played her Mini Recital. What is a Mini Recital? A Mini Recital is a recital solely for that student, with family and friends in attendance. I don’t know if you had the same experience that I did, but my first time play...

    May 23

  • It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Elena Lee Fortin for her blog. You can read the complete interview here. Thank you, Elena!

    Piano Safari Conversation with Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr Piano Safari Interview: Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr visit the-piano-studio.com to discuss their collaborative piano method book …

    May 17

  • The excitement is building as the 2016 Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar draws near! Register by 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, May 17th and your name will be entered in a drawing to receive your choice of the following Anderson & Roe Piano Duo compact discs! Click here to register: http://www.oupianopedagogyseminar.com/registration.html

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    May 17

  • In celebration of our newly designed website, we are happy to offer a coupon code for 15% off your entire order! The coupon is valid now through Sunday, May 15th. Please visit us at http://www.pianosafari.com. Coupon code: newsite15

    Piano Safari Offers: A carefully sequenced, intervallic approach for learning to read music notation Patterned pieces taught by rote that provide engaging music for students from the first lesson Animal themed Technique Exercises that teach the basic motions of piano technique Improvisation ideas fo...

    May 11

  • https://youtu.be/Y62HEaDUfDI This video is in response to a question about scale playing in our Teaching Piano Safari group. If you are a teacher, please request to join the Teaching Piano Safari group for a more in depth explanation of the pedagogy behind Piano Safari.

    https://youtu.be/Y62HEaDUfDI This video is in response to a question about scale playing in our Teaching Piano Safari group. If you are a teacher, please request to join the Teaching Piano Safari group for a more in depth explanation of the pedagogy behind Piano Safari.">

    May 09

  • The new website has launched!!! Visit pianosafari.com

    May 06

  • Piano Safari added an event.

    Join authors Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr as they give a series of workshops about Piano Safari.

    May 06

  • Piano Safari added an event.

    Join authors Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher as they give a series of workshops about Piano Safari. This event is held in conjunction with the Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar.

    May 06

  • Our new website will launch tomorrow! We are pleased with it and are looking forward to sharing it with you. There may be a few hours tomorrow the site is down during the transition. Just wanted to let you all know!

    May 05

  • Thank you, Melanie Spanswick, for mentioning the Piano Safari Summer Institute in your May recommended resources post!

    Wishing you all a fabulous May Bank Holiday Weekend. May’s resources prove to be another interesting crop of piano music, an anthology, online resources and a course. I hope you find somethin…

    May 02

  • Hi, I just received my materials and I'm planning out how to transfer as many students as possible to Piano Safari. I teach a couple of special needs students (i.e. 5 y/o with down syndrome, and 8 yr. old with ADHD.) I was curious if anyone here has experience with using Piano Safari with special needs students. Did you have to make any accomodations? Do you have any words of advice? Thanks! :-)

    April 23