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Alfred's Premier Piano Course: Lesson Book & CD Level 1A

By Dennis Alexander

Piano - SMP Primer Level (Early Elementary)
Composed by Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, and E. L. Lancaster. Method/Instruction; Piano - Alfred's Premier Piano Course. Premier Piano Course. Children. Book & CD. 64 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.20652).

Item Number: AP.20652

ISBN 0739023578. Children.

Beautifully presented and intelligently paced, the Lesson Books combine unusually attractive music and lyrics. The books feature note reading, rhythm reading, sight-reading and technical workouts. Each piece on the CD was recorded at a performance tempo and a slower practice tempo.

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.

About SMP Primer Level (Early Elementary)

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Very beginning music. Five-finger positions with no chords and almost no hand position movement.

  • A Note to Teachers 
  • A Note to Students (and Parents) 
  • 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 
  • The Staff 
  • 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

  • 5

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  • November 05, 2008 Best series so far!

    I teach piano & have used Alfred's Basic, and Bastien Piano Basics mostly. My Alfred's students would hit a wall at Level 2, trying to play chords when they hadn't been taught that theory yet. The Bastien Piano Basics begins with hand positions and it's hard for...

    the students to graduate out of that thinking. Later volumes become boring with the same exercises in different keys. So I tried this Premier Piano Course and the students learn notes amazingly well with no hand positions. Students and parents alike love this series.

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  • 5

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  • September 29, 2008 Applause for great improvements

    I have been teaching piano for years and have always used Alfred's basic piano course. Beginner students always have trouble getting out of the basic five finger position because they read the music by fnger numbers. This new course makes them move fingers all over piano from the beginning...

    . I love this. They have to learn the note name and location without always associating certain notes always being played with a certain finger. (Ex.: no more is "E" always played by finger 3). I will not go back to the basic course. Absolutely love premier and highly reccomend to any teacher or student of any age.

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  • 5

    Barstow, CA
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  • April 21, 2008 Isn't slow and boring!

    I love how this book progresses. Just a few pages into the book the student is learning note values.I've only used this book for a couple months but I feel like the student is less likely to get bored in these books because it progresses so well. Finally...

    I feel like I've found a book that will work for those smart kids in ages 9-12 that can't work in adult books yet but are really above a lot of the beginning books. I also love the emphasis on learning particular rhythms. The student is more likely to grasp a rhythm if it is repeated thus making them more likely to remember note values, rather than learning note values in a more isolated fashion.

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  • 5

    Battle Mountain, Nevada
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  • November 01, 2007 Alfred's Premier, Tread with No Fear

    Alfred's beginner piano courses are user friendly as they use a step by step method of deduction that builds on skills and methods gradually introduced to the student allowing much room for accomplishment and self confidence. I especially like the duets which train the student's ear for a...

    "future" sound that they will desire to experience. I've used the Alfred series for almost ten years and like the improvements made to the new series. Keep up the good work, Alfred!!

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  • 5

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  • September 10, 2007 Covering the basics!

    I have found the Alfred's Level 1A to do a good job covering the basics for the young beginner. The illustrations are interesting and they are helpful to the student especially at the beginning when learning the notes on the keyboard.(page 19) Interested students usually "fly" through the...

    book giving a sense of much accomplishment for them.

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