10 Best Piano Books for Beginners

For anyone who has ever wanted to learn to play the piano, the thought of diving in head-first can be daunting. Where do you start?

Which pieces should you learn first? How do you find beginner-friendly music that will help you progress without becoming discouraged?

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to help beginning piano players get started on the right foot.

In this post, we’ll share ten of our favorite piano books for beginners, including a mix of songbooks, instructional materials, and anthologies.

  1. “Adult All-in-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic” by Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, and Amanda Vick Lethco
  2. “Piano Lessons Book 1: Hal Leonard Student Piano Library” by Barbara Kreader, Fred Kern, and Phillip Keveren
  3. “A Dozen a Day Preparatory Book” by Edna Mae Burnam
  4. “Bastien Piano Basics – Level 1” by James Bastien
  5. “Level 1 – Lesson Book: Piano Adventures” by Nancy Faber and Randall Faber
  6. “First 50 Songs You Should Play on Acoustic Guitar” by Hal Leonard Corp
  7. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory” by Michael Miller
  8. “How to Play from a Fake Book” by improve your sightreading
  9. “Play It Again, Sam: A Practical Guide to Classical Recordings” by Diarmuid Hayes
  10. “Piano Fingering – The Complete Guide” Updated Edition” by David Burge & Yuri Picasso


We hope this list of the ten best piano books for beginners helps you take your first steps towards becoming a pianist! Remember that practice makes perfect, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t pick it up right away— everyone learns at their own pace.

And if you get stuck, there’s no shame in seeking out a piano teacher to help you along the way.

Allen Joe

Allen Joe is a writer for a piano blog. He has been playing the piano since he was a young child, and has always loved sharing his passion for music with others. Allen's writing focuses on helping people learn about different aspects of the piano and how to play it themselves.

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