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Alfred's Premier Piano Course: Lesson Book 1A

By Dennis Alexander

Piano - Beginner
Composed by Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, and E. L. Lancaster. Method/Instruction; Piano - Alfred's Premier Piano Course. Premier Piano Course. Children. Book. 64 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.22356).

Item Number: AP.22356

ISBN 0739043633. Children.

Beautifully presented and intelligently paced, the Lesson Book combines unusually attractive music and lyrics. The book features note reading, rhythm reading, sight-reading and technical workouts. While most teachers find CD recordings very useful at the lesson and for home practice, others prefer not to use the CDs. To accommodate all teachers, this version of Premier Piano Course Lesson Book 1A does not have a CD included.

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About Alfred's Premier Piano Course

Premier Piano Course offers today's students a fully integrated and comprehensive approach to piano instruction, featuring a perfect blend of music, lyrics, pedagogy, art, and fun! Notation and keyboard skills are taught early on, with special emphasis on rhythm reading, technical development, creative thinking, and musicality. The many varied moods and styles of Premier's songs provide fresh, enjoyable learning and performing experiences for students.

  • A Note to Teachers 
  • A Note to Students 
  • How to Sit at the Piano 
  • The Secret to a Good Hand Position 
  • Notes 
  • Quarter Note 
  • The Keyboard: Two Black Keys 
  • Rests 
  • Quarter Rest 
  • The Keyboard: Three Black Keys 
  • Bar Lines and Measures 
  • Half Note 
  • Dynamic Signs (f and p) 
  • Whole Note 
  • Time Signature (4/4) 
  • Damper Pedal 
  • The Music Alphabet 
  • Keyboard Anchor: D 
  • Dynamic Sign (mf) 
  • Keyboard Anchors: G and A 
  • Whole Rest 
  • Step 
  • New Time Signature (3/4) 
  • Dotted Half Note 
  • Bass Clef 
  • Treble Clef 
  • Reading Middle C 
  • The Grand Staff 
  • Half Rest 
  • Bass F 
  • Tempo 
  • Whole Rest in 3/4 
  • Treble G 
  • Landmark Notes 
  • New Note G (Bass) 
  • New Note E (Bass) 
  • New Landmark Note: Bass C 
  • New Note D (Bass) 
  • Stepping Up from Bass C 
  • New Notes D and E (Treble) 
  • New Note F (Treble) 
  • Stepping Up from Middle C 
  • New Notes B and A (Bass) 
  • Stepping Down from Middle C 
  • Skip 
  • Skip Up from Middle C 
  • Skip Up from D (Treble) 
  • Skip Down from B (Bass) 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 2

    Carrollton, Texas
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  • July 17, 2013 Boring to the Max

    This book moves very slowly, which is good if you have a young student or a slow learner. However, it is exceptional in its ability to avoid songs. Each piece sounds like an exercise. I have a degree in music education and have been teaching piano lessons for 30 years...

    . I enjoy using a variety of teaching methods. Alfred Basics, Faber and Faber, Bastien Basics, and Piano Town are all much better choices for students. Students are motivated to practice when they hear a melody. My student rarely, if ever, used her CD. She just did not practice these pieces. Instead she practiced songs from her other books, like Bastien's Nursery Songs.

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  • 5

    Grandview, MO
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  • December 08, 2012 APPC LB1A

    I just love this series. Giving lessons two times a week advance the student more quickly without overwhelming them. I highly recommend this book along with the Performance Book and the Theory Book 1A

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  • 5

    Coarsegold, CA
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  • September 20, 2011 Alfred's Premier Piano Course

    I prefer Alfred's Premier Piano Course over all of the other (5) courses I have tried for my students. The course reviews just enough to retain what has been learned, and new challenges are given with each lesson to keep the student interested!

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  • 5

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  • April 28, 2011 Alfred's Premier Piano Course Lesson Bk 1A

    Excellent course to use, but I suggest strongly that both the Theory as well as the Performance books 1A are used simultaneously to get the full benefit of the teaching material. All the shortcomings of the Basic books have been eliminated in this new series.

    26 of 49 people found this review helpful.
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