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Beginners' Set Bundle

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Dogs and Birds is a multisensory approach with many musical activities. The beginners’ set is a package which is perfect for starting your child’s musical journey. It includes:

  • Two beautifully coloured Book 1s (one with animal symbols and one without), which teach your child to read, sing and play musical notation. They also establish hand co-ordination and rhythm.
  • Coloured Staves and the 56 Small Animal Tiles, which are excellent support for ear training, finger exercises, compositions, and making reading music simple. 
  • Notes and Lesson Plans to Book 1 for Parents and Teachers, which gives you our 17 recommended steps for covering the material in Book 1, and the Music Manuscript Book, which helps you to be well organized.

It just makes learning so effortless and so much fun. Vici Hoban Read, Jiggle and Jam

It is a real treat to discover a new and imaginative approach to teaching the piano which really works. Faye Cayley, Music Teacher Magazine


184 pages (50 pages each tutor book, 84 Pages Notes and Lesson Plans)
Small Animal Tiles, Coloured Staves, Music Manuscript Book (4 Staves per Page)
Elza and Chris Lusher
Mark Chambers
Dogs and Birds

21 Reviews

  • 5
    Perfect flexible system to keep kids engaged

    Posted by Allison on 11th Mar 2022

    As someone with many years of musical training myself, I knew I would be picky about finding the right way to introduce my child to the piano. This programme and bundle are virtually perfect - providing a well considered set of instructions to take your child through the basics of rhythm, notation, and pitch but while also ensuring they understand the joy and expressiveness that music allows. I started my child at 5 and it has been fantastic to be able to follow which types of activities they are willing to do on the day, knowing that it is all going to come together in stronger musical skills. The images in the book are beautiful, and my child particularly loves making up songs - both improvising and getting me to write down new compositions in the manuscript book. I am delighted to have found this programme and highly recommend it as accessible for anyone with some musical training - my partner is even using it to brush up on basic skills from many moons ago as a child!

  • 5
    Beautiful educational product!

    Posted by Miss Melissa Ayotte on 9th Jun 2021

    What a refreshing piano method for the littlest musicians! Learning note reading without fingering numbers and without knowing the alphabet... absolutely brilliant!! Thank you so much.

  • 5
    I love this bundle!

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2021

    I certainly love this bundle! The books’ quality is beyond outstanding, the color is wonderful, and the content is great as well! Especially the notes to parents, it helped a lot! I highly recommend it!

  • 5

    Posted by Cheri Hornshaw on 26th Jul 2019

    Superb product. Excellent quality. I purchased this for my adult son (22, autism, non-verbal, challenging behaviour). It was difficult finding a piano teacher willing to teach him. A piano teacher friend suggested trying this method. He and I are loving learning this easy way. He practises without prompting. He switched to the blank book by lesson for. The parent notes and so useful to me as a novice. The best thing about these products and method is the focus on musicality and reading music from day 1. I would recommend to all, the very young and especially special needs. So happy we discovered this. It has added a new creative outlet to our lives.

  • 5
    Great materials even for a three-year-old

    Posted by Tatyana on 30th Jun 2019

    We love these books as our three-year-old son gets the method behind it and is picking up things quite well.

  • 5
    Excellent for five year old

    Posted by Hilary Pugh on 21st Mar 2018

    I have just started using the series with a new pupil who is five and has a short weekly lesson with me. Her older sister has lessons already and the younger one was very keen to start. After three lessons she has really taken to it - as has her Dad. So far she can locate all the dogs, birds and eggs in any register and is already reading the rhythms accurately. We are using 'owl' fingers which I find excellent as it stops her making a fist and playing everything with the same finger. My only criticism is that the egg picture can be confused with the bird and goose ones. I think, with Granny's help (she brings the girls for their lesson), that we are now clear about the difference as we sort them into the correct piles before starting. I have a couple of very young children on my waiting list and will definitely be using Dogs and Birds with them when they start.

  • 5
    Fantastic for teachers starting to use this method

    Posted by Wendy on 19th Feb 2018

    I received this package 2 weeks ago and have been using it with my grandsons ages 4 and 5 years old. This package offers teachers all they need to start using this method. I use the staff board with all my beginning students regardless of the method. Both grandsons love the "story" idea of this method. Every week we have new and exciting adventures with the animals. They can both identify the keys of D, B and E on the keyboard and on the staff. The colored hands is a wonderful teaching tool as children of this age struggle with the idea of left and right. I have been teaching for over 35 years and this is the best method I have seen and now used for children ages 4-5.

  • 5
    Love it!

    Posted by Rich Ellis on 23rd Aug 2017

    This is one of those products that i'd have never heard of were it not for our piano teacher. Everyone at the school loves her, and one of the reasons they love her is that she uses dogs and birds. it is fun, easy to use, and just the best way of teaching a little one piano in a joyful way that i have ever come across

  • 5
    Excellent Resource

    Posted by Pippa Harrison on 19th Oct 2016

    These beginner packs are terrific for very young pianists. Students do not need to know how to write or recognise numbers or letters, as the animal tiles make note recognition an enjoyable and memorable way to build their musical knowledge. The emphasis on singing and maintaining a pulse is paramount and these books put these skills first. I shall be recommending the Dogs and Birds method to other teachers!