My five year old is still working away at learning to play. He can play though most everything in his beginner 1 book, though he is not exactly fluently reading music. Mostly he is playing by ear. He is very close to being able to read the music and just last week started asking me for a new book. I told him I would get him a new one when he was reading the notes. Yesterday, his teacher brought up getting a new book for him soon. I am very happy with his teacher, but just wanted to ask here if anyone had any suggestions on books. She is a jr. high band director, and mentioned book two of the band book that she uses with her kids at school. While I am not at all against that, I just thought maybe there was something out there that might work better for a very young player that is not in band. This is what he has been working out of, along with the band version, Essential Elements 2000. They are both put out by Hal Leonard. Any thoughts? A little more update on him: he began piano lessons this month and is enjoying this as well. He is playing most anything he wants to by ear on the piano and is adding chords to much of what he plays. We (parents and his teachers) are not really pushing anything, but rather just letting him have fun and go at his own pace. Both teachers are working on note reading and we try to work with him at home as well. After renting a cornet for a month, we just found a quality used one to purchase for him...at least I am pretty sure it is quality, we bought it from a professor of trumpet at a nearby university. He is now playing on a King 603 that his trumpet teacher said looked to be older, I didn't think to ask.