The primary focus of the first book is to learn the necessary technical skills through freedom and flexibility of all upper body parts; shoulders, arms, wrists, and fingers. Devoted exclusively to non-legato playing, the first book teaches the correct touch and tone production starting playing with the 3rd finger. Once the basic skills are acquired, new aspects of piano playing are added.
The rhythm is introduced and developed through clapping, marching, counting out loud and playing with accompaniment. Once an understanding of rhythmic pulse is grasped, the student will learn the time values of the notes.