he Piano Education Page books and
learning materials review checklist,
given to all of our piano teacher reviewers as a guideline for their reviews, is below.
The purpose of the checklist is to provide reviewers the means by which they can perform
reviews fairly and thoroughly in accordance with specific standards, assign ratings that
are as consistent as possible with other reviews within the bounds of opinion and informed
human judgment, structure the review in a manner that is consistent in format with our
other reviews, and provide all the necessary information for the reader to be able to
evaluate and buy the item, if they are so inclined. Within question groups,
questions may be answered in any order that makes sense to the reviewer. We do not attempt to dictate the
content of the review to reviewers, aside from requesting that they answer the
questions below as they see fit, based on their experience using the program.
Full Name of Reviewed Books or Learning Material
- Opening paragraph should be a short "teaser summary of your
review and of your impressions.
- What is the book or learning material about and what is it intended to
- Is it a standalone item or intended to be used in conjunction with
some other book or material (i.e. is it primary or supplemental)?
- What topics does the book cover (discuss in general or list chapters)?
- What is its apparent intended audience (children, adults, teachers,
etc.)? This should be determined by examination of the item, not by
reference to claims by the manufacturer.
- If part of a series of books or items, please give a general
description of the rest of the series.
Using the Books or Learning Materials
- Discuss the general format of the book or other learning material
(e.g. music on the right of the page with explanatory comments on the
- Amount, appropriateness and quality of graphics. Are they used
effectively to further learning?
- Strengths and weaknesses
- Anything in the book you would like to see changed, added, or fixed?
- Pedagogical soundness? For example, does the book or video use an
approach which impedes sight reading?
- What does it do and not do?
- What type of audience is it appropriate for? (Young children? Older children? Adults?
- Did your students enjoy and learn from it?
- Appropriate for studio or home or both?
- If the book or materials are part of a "method" set, are there
sufficient supporting materials to allow the teacher to use the book
effectively in teaching?
- Is the list price for the item reasonable for what it does? Does it
accomplish what it sets out to do?
Summary of Impressions
- Summarize the best and worst points
- If the publisher/manufacturer has a web page on the product where the
reader can learn more, provide URL where it can be
- Would you as a piano teacher recommend it to another teacher or to
your students? Would you pay list price for it to use in your studio?
Name, ISBN number, price, hardware requirements (VERY IMPORTANT)
- Full name of item, list price, unique identifying numbers (for books -
ISBN number and/or publisher's part number; for videos and other
learning materials - manufacturer's part number)
- Publisher/manufacturer name, address, phone number, Web page URL if
available, e-mail address if available.
- If other books or items are required to use the reviewed item or as a
prerequisite, mention those here.
- Any other unique or critical information to identify the product or