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  • Series: Alfred's Basic Piano Library
  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; Pap/Com edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739024833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739024836
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Morty Manus is president of Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc. When Morty joined the company, he had recently received a business degree from City College of New York. As a clarinetist and pianist, he saw the need for quality music education publications. Drawing upon his musical experiences, Morty oversaw the development of instructional publications for accordion, guitar, piano, and drums; performance music for band, orchestra, chorus, and music theory.

Morty is the author and editor of numerous Alfred titles, including Alfred's Basic Guitar Course, Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Alfred's Adult Piano Course, and Essentials of Music Theory. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate degree in music from the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago for "having made a significant contribution to the music education profession as evidenced by his outstanding creative achievements, scholarship and leadership."

Morty met his wife Iris when she was working for Alfred on Saturdays. Iris has worked on a full-time basis for Alfred since the late 1960s, and maintains the position of executive producer.

Customer Reviews

This book is teaching my 6 year old to play the piano.
eechols
During that time, I have found that Alfred's Basic Piano Library Level 1A is great for young beginners.
Nona N. Lohr
This is a very easy,colorful, kid-friendly book for any kid learning piano.
Leila T. Abdoulaye

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Nona N. Lohr on August 12, 2007
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I have taught piano lessons for over 20 years. During that time, I have found that Alfred's Basic Piano Library Level 1A is great for young beginners. When children are about 5-6 years old, they have trouble controlling their hands, as well as multi-tasking. So, learning to use fingers correctly, count, and learn letter names can be very frustrating. In ABPL Level 1A, children do not have to learn the names of the notes at first. They merely play the notes according to the numbers of their fingers. The notes go up or down the scale, but they are not on a staff. So, they learn fingering and counting, but not letter names for the first several weeks.
Level 1A also introduces C D E first and then F in the bass. This is better for the children because they often mistake B below middle C for D above middle C. They also mistake A for E, and G for F, and vice versa. B A and G in the bass clef (right below middle C) are not introduced until later in the series.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Karin on November 27, 2011
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While Alfred's has been popular for years and this book moves at a good pace for the young beginner, I stopped using it a number of years ago. I recently purchased another as I've been reviewing new and old piano methods as I continue teaching. There is far too much time spent in limited hand positions so that students learn to associate certain notes with certain fingers, there isn't enough time spent on musicianship, and the student doesn't learn to be comfortable with the entire keyboard, etc. Better methods are out there. For the young beginner, the Music Tree does a lot more for the student (it's on Amazon, here http://www.amazon.com/Music-Tree-Musical-Frances-Students/dp/0874876850 ), and for the slightly older beginner there are other methods. For 8 & up beginners, the Robert Pace books http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=robert+pace+piano+method&sprefix=robert+pace are much stronger. Amazon doesn't carry all of my favourite methods, but has these two.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Love to read on January 31, 2006
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I chose this book to teach a 6 year old new student. It's a wonderful book because it progresses slowly- each page introduces one new concept and has the child practise it in small steps. It is perfect because the child does not become overwhelmed. The illustrations are really nice too. And the print is big and spacious-looking. You can also get it with a CD that goes along with it for $1 more.

After ordering the Usborne book here and finding it crowded and confusing, I went to my local music store and picked this book out of all the beginning piano books. It's a really nice one.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By lammy07 on June 14, 2006
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I have been using this book with young students [...] for the past 8 years. It moves at a comfortable pace and introduces good musical concepts. I definitely recommend the accompanying Theory Book to reinforce the concepts over the time between lessons. My students have had good results and advanced quickly with this as their start. I have been very happy with it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Hartung on March 5, 2011
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I teach piano and I ask my students to get this book along with the Theory and Recital books. I have found the Alfred series to be the best for teaching children piano. I like the use of interval training, and the songs are great- a mix of recognizable tunes with new ones that have fun/helpful lyrics.

Most teachers I know seem to prefer the Faber Piano Adventures books, but I find them overly conceptual and the sequence is illogical and difficult at times. The songs are also more boring than the Alfred ones. So if you were debating between the two, I most definitely recommend Alfred!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cnotta on August 6, 2009
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This book is simple to use, and attractive and appealing for my 7 year old son who is learning the play the piano. As you know 7 year olds have a short attention span, and they like text, graphics, etc. that is inviting and fun. This book does just that. My piano teacher is using the book, and its working for the 30 minute lesson.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Schumaker on February 2, 2010
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I'm a general music teacher and I've been teaching piano lessons to beginners for two years now. I've looked through a bunch of beginner piano books to try to find what I think is the best. This book and whole series works very well for all of my students and their different learning styles. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to buy a beginner piano book for a child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MS on May 10, 2010
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This lesson book is very appropriate for a beginner. My granddaughter, age 6, has enjoyed learning the basics and the little songs included in this book. I'm glad I purchased it.
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