Level 1 teaches how to count two-eighths, quarter, half, dotted-half, whole, and dotted-quarter/eighth rhythms, with two-eighths rhythm introduced in the first lesson. Level 1 then teaches the keys on the piano; staff notes Middle C up to G and Middle C down to F as well as harmonic seconds, thirds, and fourths. To ensure that your beginner students are really reading notes and not just reading fingering numbers, we wait until page 103 to teach fingering. The theory taught in each lesson is the theory needed to play the new piece in that lesson, and the music concepts that have been previously taught are reinforced as many times as possible in subsequent compositions and theory fun sheets.
Level 2 is for graduates of Level 1 and builds directly on the knowledge from Level 1. Level 2 provides a thorough study of bass clef staff notes F below the bass staff up to third line B in the treble staff, plus triads and triplets. If you are tired of hearing, “Where do I put my hands?” because most of your students are simply reading fingering numbers instead of reading bass clef notes, then Level 2 is the piano teacher’s dream: a piano method that thoroughly teaches students the bass clef notes. The Finish Line test at the end of the book is comparable to the state Level 2 theory examination. Students should easily pass the Finish Line examination before advancing to the Level 3 textbook.
Level 3 is for graduates of Level 2 or Older Beginner Level 2 and builds directly on the knowledge from Levels 1 and 2. Level 3 completes our concentrated study of treble clef notes by teaching up to ledger note B above the treble staff, in addition to reviewing the entire bass staff. Level 3 also encompasses whole/half steps; melodic interval studies; chord studies including root position chords, inversions, broken chords, I to V7 chord changes; how to build a scale; key signatures; parallel scales; 6/8 compound rhythm; 6/4 time signature; ottava; anacrusis; introduction to classics including sonata form; and note stem/flag rules. Major and harmonic minor scales/cadences and a glossary are included at the front of the book.
Level 4 is for graduates of Level 3 and builds directly on the knowledge from Levels 1, 2, and 3. Concepts covered in Level 4 include simultaneously playing triads with both hands; chord inversions; 6/8 and 12/8 compound rhythm; hand crossovers; inner and outer ledger notes; 1st and 2nd endings; descending harmonic minor scale; major scale pattern; the seven flats and the seven sharps in order; scale analysis; key signatures; melodic and harmonic intervals; root chords and inversions; dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythms; boogie form; different types of accent marks; compositional form; the history of common time; pattern, sequence, phrase, and motive; "turtle-ing"; break sign; The Circle of Fifths; and Mayron's Memory Helper Hand for Sharp Scales and Flat Scales.
Level 5 is for graduates of Level 4 and builds directly on the knowledge from Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4. The compositions in this level have been especially written to keep teenage students motivated in piano with six of Mayron's popular circus compositions plus fifteen classical favorites including a fantastic “silent movie" version of Burgmuller’s The Chase! Level 5 contains a thorough study of triplet and sixteenth note rhythm combinations including alternating between eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes in a composition; grace notes; upper, lower, and inner ledger notes; chain chords; chord inversions; stem rules; D.S. al Coda; twelve music history stories; studies of sharp and flat scales including Mayron's Memory Helper Hands, Mayron's Circle of Fifths song, and The Great Scale Detective cases; major and harmonic minor scales & cadences; and a glossary of musical terms.
Level 6 is for graduates of Level 5 and builds directly on the knowledge from Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. Level 6, voted the students' favorite book of the entire Mayron Cole Piano Method, has music which follows “the great outdoors” theme with seventeen original Mayron compositions, plus four classical dances. Level 6 pieces progress from no flats or sharps up to four flats or up to three sharps, so becoming proficient at playing key signatures couldn’t be easier. Level 6 compositions have corresponding theory sheets that include concepts such as building major, minor, augmented & diminished chords with major and minor thirds; studies of sharp and flat scales including Mayron's Memory Helper Hands; The Primary Chord Detective cases; Mayron's Circle of Fifths song; major and harmonic minor scales & cadences; and a glossary of musical terms.
Level 7 is for graduates of Level 6 and builds directly on the knowledge from Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6. Level 7 contains twelve of Mayron's popular advanced solos plus four classical solos, and two improvisation lessons. Level 7 theory concepts include: 5/4 rhythm; identifying perfect, major, & minor intervals; relative minor scales; simple, compound, & asymmetrical meter; the Memory Helper Hand for Sharps & Flats; legato pedaling; improvisation; major and harmonic minor scales & cadences; and a glossary of musical terms. Also included are biographies of three composers; Music History Through the Ages; a lesson on using parallel minors in performance.
Level 8 is for graduates of Level 7 and builds directly on the knowledge from Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7. The new theory that is taught in Level 8 consists of perfect and plagal cadences, picardy thirds, Grecian modal scales, whole tone scales, chromatic scales, gypsy scales, cut-time, and four-part voice writing... all of which are necessary foundation for college music courses. In addition to eleven of Mayron's original solos, Level 8 includes seven classical favorites with composer biographies: Joy of Man's Desiring (JS Bach), Scene from Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky), Poem (Fibich), Wedding Recessional (Mendelssohn), Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven), Prelude from Carmen (Bizet), Waltz in A Flat (Brahams). Level 8 also contains a four-piano ensemble version of Mayron's popular "Madrid."
Level 9 is for graduates of Level 8 and builds directly on the knowledge from Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8. Level 9 is a college level course and is the final textbook in The Mayron Cole Piano Method curriculum. Level 9 concepts include a 58-page music composition course written by Mayron Cole which reviews and teaches various types of chords including augmented & diminished triads; four-tone dominant 7th chords; five-tone 9th chords; Roman numeral assignment for chords; chord status; primary & secondary chords; scale degree; sub-dominant, sub-mediant, leading, tonic, super tonic, mediant, & dominate tones; chord movements; the overtone series; moving tones; dominant of a dominant; cadences; phrases; form; and composing a melodic line, harmony, & accompaniment. Level 9 also contains a travel through each of the five major eras of piano music: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary; as well as challenging rhythm exercises for advanced students and theory sheets which analyze the composition being studied. The Level 9 compositions include sixteen advanced classics and four of Mayron's original compositions. Level 9 includes biographies about Schumann, Chopin, Schubert, Pachelbel, Mozart, Bach, Joplin, Debussy, Clara Schumann, Haydn, and Cole.