RECOMMENDED LESSON BOOKS

KIDS

alfred-kids-pianoAlfred’s Basic Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level 1A

This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. Lesson Book Level 1A begins by teaching basic keyboard topography and fluent recognition of white key names in relation to black keys. It focuses on simple rhythms and prepares students for intervallic reading with entertaining songs that focus on “same,” “stepping up” and “stepping down.” It then introduces lines and space notes in treble and bass clefs, melodic and harmonic intervals of 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths, and graduates to reading on the grand staff. It also introduces the flat and sharp signs.

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51ftCxVKHsLAlfred’s Basic Piano Library: Lesson Book Level 1B

This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. Lesson Book 1B begins by reviewing the concepts taught in Lesson Book 1A, then introduces new concepts such as incomplete measures, tempo markings, eighth notes and rests, using the damper pedal, half steps and whole steps. It also introduces the major scale through the concept of tetrachords.

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51f62B3zktLAlfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book: Level 2

This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. Lesson Book 2 continues where Level 1B finishes. This book introduces dotted half notes and dotted quarter notes, plus intervals of 6ths, 7ths and octaves. Teaches greater movement of the hands, including crossing two over one and scalework. Students will also learn more about triads, primary chords, and blocked and broken chords.

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ADULTS

51LBbvRGCjLAlfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One

A beginning course for adults who prefer a chord approach. It teaches chords for both hands so that the student can play more than single note melodies.

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