I went ahead and bought the Michael Aaron book anyway because no-one on PEP had any comments... Luckily the student in quiestion seems to be getting on well with it! She is only 11 but I got the feeling she found the Alfred book too childish.
The most challenging thing I have found about teaching is having the resposibility of choosing what books to buy for the students.
In response to your question:
All the beginners I am teaching (age 4-7) are working through Music Tree Time to Begin.
Children that had studied one book or just done a little piano, I have started them on Music Tree Book 1.
Two others that had finished their current books I have started on Music Tree 2b and music tree 3.
This was possible because I bought all the music tree books initially because I liked the look of them. So I worked out which level would suit each child.
I also have one older girl (13), I bought her a mixed book of classical music called "Favourite piano pieces for children" She wanted to do classical music but isn't interested in exams. She would be ready to study towards grade 1 or even grade 2 if she wanted to but I'm not sure I'm ready for this yet anyway!
One boy I had was presenting lots of challenges (I mentinoed him before) but now he has discovered a passion for Beethoven and refuses to play anything else so I bought him a Beethoven book which he loves.
I also download free sheet music from a website to provide everyone a bit of variety. None of my students has been learning for more than a couple of years so I feel very competent to teach them, I think a more experienced student may be too challenging for me at this stage.
I think all my students are enjoying it now so I am very pleased about this!!
Thanks for your interest Becibu, I know you are not a teacher but I always appreciate your comments... I have another question about music therapy which I will put in a separate post...