The KC & Friends Books

We’re on a mission to update the way piano is taught.

The KC & Friend Books use an innovative comic format to teach children the fundamentals of piano, using colorful characters to tell a story and guide children through the basics in a fun and engaging way. Your children will meet cute, witty friends who will help teach them how to read music, understand rhythm, and even write their own songs!

The KC & Friends saga began as a fantastical story told by KC to her piano students to help make the experience enjoyable, engaging and FUN as they progressed through the basics together.  The more they laughed and learned, the longer the story grew.  When it was time to write down this story, KC found that the comic-strip format worked best to capture the spirit and energy of the stories and characters.  Over the years, these original stories and characters evolved, shaped by the feedback from hundreds of kids who have learned to play, read, and write music all while laughing along with the Friends.

Current Books

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Meet the Teacher who will teach you and the Hands piano basics.
Meet the Teacher who will teach you and the Hands piano basics.
After learning finger number, learn piano letters with songs you know.
After learning finger number, learn piano letters with songs you know.
If the Hands can play this song, so can you!
If the Hands can play this song, so can you!
The Teacher moves the Hands to Middle C Position.
The Teacher moves the Hands to Middle C Position.
Meet the Friends! Each note in Middle C Position has a Friend you will love!
Meet the Friends! Each note in Middle C Position has a Friend you will love!
Play songs with the Friends.  Playing is easy and fun.
Play songs with the Friends. Playing is easy and fun.
As the book ends, nine new Friends have helped you read music.
As the book ends, nine new Friends have helped you read music.

Introduction to Piano - Book 1

  • Meet all the characters that will teach you how to play the piano!
  • Learn about finger numbers for playing piano. 
  • Laugh as the characters find out about the letters on the piano (you learn too!)
  • Settle into Middle C Position, play songs you know, and yell at the pesky Monkey who causes trouble! 
  • Meet the Friends who help you learn how to read all the notes in Middle C Position.
  • With the Teacher's help, write four songs by yourself! 

95 pages - $30

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The Teacher, Hands, and Friends are all in simple songs written by other kids!
The Teacher, Hands, and Friends are all in simple songs written by other kids!
Kids totally relate when some songs and cartoons were drawn by kids.
Kids totally relate when some songs and cartoons were drawn by kids.
 Basic concepts are reinforced and several songs are interactive.  In this song kids draw in the missing Friends.
Basic concepts are reinforced and several songs are interactive. In this song kids draw in the missing Friends.
Mad Libs song-writing?  Of course!  It’s hilarious and fun.
Mad Libs song-writing? Of course! It’s hilarious and fun.
As the book advances, begin play two and three notes at the same time. Kids finish this book feeling confident that they understand the material and want to know more!
As the book advances, begin play two and three notes at the same time. Kids finish this book feeling confident that they understand the material and want to know more!

Songs For Kids By Kids

  • Reinforce the note reading that you learned in Lesson Book #1.
  • Play songs that were written by kids, for kids.  
  • Learn how to play two notes at a time and then basic chords.
  • Draw and fill in the blanks on some interactive songs. 
  • Giggle at some of the silly things that kids make up and then make up your own silly things!

51 pages - $20

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Meet Luigi, the Italian pizza man, who explains rhythm.
Meet Luigi, the Italian pizza man, who explains rhythm.
Learn the basic notes of rhythm from the Teacher.
Learn the basic notes of rhythm from the Teacher.
As the book goes forward, learn how and why proper rhythm works.
As the book goes forward, learn how and why proper rhythm works.
Rhythm and the Friends work together with Luigi’s help.
Rhythm and the Friends work together with Luigi’s help.
That pesky Monkey makes the kids laugh while they play songs.
That pesky Monkey makes the kids laugh while they play songs.
As the books ends, you not only know rhythm but you have met three new Friends that teach you C Position.
As the books ends, you not only know rhythm but you have met three new Friends that teach you C Position.

Introduction to Piano - Book 2

  • Meet Luigi, the Italian pizza chef, who helps explain rhythm via pizza pies! 
  • Learn about quarter, half, dotted half, whole notes and write three new songs with the Teachers help. 
  • Play games designed to put rhythm into your body so you can understand it.  
  • Advance to playing music in proper format of 4/4 time when introduced to bar lines, measures, and time signatures.
  • Oh boy! The Monkey is back and he is causing problems! Luckily, the Friends win in the end. 
  • Meet more Friends when the Hands move into a new position, C Position.  We love new Friends!
  • Finish the book understanding basic rhythm, tied notes, rests, and varying time signatures all while laughing with Friends.

99 pages - $30