Weekend Competition: The Lang Lang Piano Method

20160408_091418_resizedIt’s Friday and time for a Weekend Competition. There has been much excitement surrounding the launch of The Lang Lang Piano Method, which was published just last month by Faber Music. The Chinese concert pianist has achieved rock star status (especially in the Far East) and is dedicated to helping budding young pianists develop and learn in the best possible way.

The Lang Lang Piano Academy was launched (in conjunction with Faber Music) a couple of years ago, with the first set of educational piano books (mastering the piano series published in 2014) flying off the shelves. The Lang Lang Piano Method consists of five volumes and is designed to take youngsters from the very beginning to around Grade 1 level (ABRSM exams).

Each brightly coloured publication features a cartoon character of Lang Lang, and takes beginners (the method is aimed at those between the ages of 5 – 10 years) on a journey of piano discovery.Β  Musicianship is developed through theory quizzes and games, as well as the chance to hear Lang Lang playing a range of piano repertoire. The books are accompanied by online audio tracks, including performances of the concert pieces by the popular piano star himself.

I’m delighted to have the first three books in this series to offer as a giveaway to three lucky readers. Please leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this blog post and I will select three winners on Sunday evening (British time). Good luck!

 Lang Lang at his recent book launch at Steinway Hall in London: Andy Griffin Photography
Lang Lang at his recent book launch at Steinway Hall in London: Andy Griffin Photography

You can find out more and purchase the books here.

My publications:

For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANOΒ (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.


95 thoughts on “Weekend Competition: The Lang Lang Piano Method

  1. Dear Melanie I am a professional pianist named Flora Tzanetaki and I have been admiring Lang Lang all my life .I really dream of having those books .

    Best Flora Tzanetaki

  2. Its always great to have new beginners material to explore. I teach in primary schools where all my pupils are beginners so I’m always keen to try out and compare new methods so these sound interesting!

  3. My heart jumped with excitement when I first heard about Lang Lang method! Will really love to get this and use them for the students πŸ™‚

  4. I’d love to win this, it looks very engaging and I have a couple of new younger pupils I’d like to try it with ….. πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve been curious about these but not able to get to a music store to see them in person! Thanks for the contest!

  6. I am so excited about Lang Lang’s new method! I absolutely love his series “Mastering the Piano” and am sure his books for younger children will be just as amazing! I find that Lang Lang digs deeper into the artistry behind piano playing in a way that most methods do not attain.

  7. As a beginner teacher this would be an amazing opportunity to help boost my library and try something new, by an amazing pianist. Whoever wins will be one very lucky individual for sure, good luck to all.

  8. I had no idea about these!! I just started teaching two Chinese students adopted If I would have known but they already bought their books so I hope I win!

  9. I make regular use of Lang Lang’s ‘Mastering the Piano’ books with my pupils and would love to get this latest series of method books too.

  10. Loved his fabulous concert with the Utah Symphony in 2015. Love the books about him and YouTube videos. I’m pretty sure I would love these method books too!

  11. Would love to try this with all my piano students epecially after visit to watch Lang Lang play next Sunday at RAH, students and parents are very excited with our upcoming trip!

  12. I really try to stay up to date with all the latest methods and I would be delighted to have some of these books. Although I mostly use my own method, I try very hard to research and incorporate any great new ideas on teaching beginners! I am eager to take a look at this method!

  13. I love scoping out new methods! You have to stay abreast of as many methods as possible–so each interview with a new student leads you to the best fit for their personality and learning style. These are adorable, and would be good for kiddos to learn about a contemporary classical performer! Classical music is cooler than pop!!!

  14. These would be great for my children as they progress through the grades. Always looking for new teaching methods and these books look perfect.

  15. I’m very curious about these books and try to research as many beginner methods as I can get my hands on!

  16. The name Lang Lang,
    All over the world has sang,
    I’ve had a quick look,
    And would really like the book!

  17. I would love to try out Lang Lang’s methods with my students. It would be interesting to see how his personality as a player translates into his teaching materials. Glad that he’s aware of his celebrity and influencing students for the future. I hope I can add them to my library and have my students experience it as well!

  18. Would love to be able to use this new series of piano books with my beginner students! Looks fun to teach.

  19. One of the world’s most famous pianists of all times. It is not less than admirable that he also takes part in educational programmes for very young pianists. Brilliant technique and popular interpretation, which always drives his audience.

  20. Dear Melanie, I’m enjoying reading about the Lana Lang Music books. I’ve always been interested in learning and then – since I’m “a people’s Person” (as a friend told me) I don’t keep that knowlege to myself, i.e. I don’t mean gossiping, I actually mean knowledge that I’ve acquired. Knowledge is a treasure but practice is the key to it. That is the next point and time is always short but time needs to be there for what one feels is important. I’d like to tell the Russian Pianist of my Duisburg choir about the Lang Lang books. I also showed her your books and of course, she was very much interested in looking at new piano literature. Can you ever have enough books?

  21. I am hoping to use these books as an alternative to the John Thomson or Bastien books. We, as teacher, always need to refresh our views and use new material. I have high hopes and the fact that it’s written by one of today’s superstar is a bonus!

  22. I am intrigued. I heard Lang Lang live several years ago and wonder if his incredible technical training appears in this new method. Very cool. Would love to explore these.

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