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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (January 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088284816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882848167
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to follow and understand.
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I used these when I was learning to play the piano and they are just as relevant as I teach my 4 and 7 year old as they were then!
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I am a piano teacher and I only use Alfred's books to teach!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rockville, MD on January 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was looking to start lessons with my music loving, but rather hyperactive 4 1/2-year old. I found this series of books to be perfect. Right now, we're working on the Lesson Book, the Theory Book, and the Activity/Ear Training book. The combination is wonderful. The lesson book introduces the initial topic and that topic is supported by the other books with lots of drawing and coloring activities that my daughter adores (and which significantly help reiterate the concepts being taught). Early examples include circle the two black key groups, draw the down-stems on the left-hand notes, color the #2 finger pink/#3 finger green, listen to the clap patterns, etc. We will move to the other books in the series when we're ready. I really like how each of the "helper" books refer back to the specific page in the initial lesson book that is being supported. Likewise, the basic lesson book has footnotes to say when it's time to move to the next "helper" book. I bought a used copy of the teachers guide for myself. However, get the new books for your kid as I would guess that any used copy would already come "pre-colored". In all honesty, this series would probably be considered too "babyish" for kids much above the age of six. However, for your preschooler or early elementary-aged child, you won't find better than this.

ETA: My copy of the book also has a CD which this particular book does not appear to possess. However the edition with the CD is also available here on Amazon.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Iverson on May 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I would call myself a beginner piano teacher, as I play the piano myself but have had no instruction as to how to teach others to play. I now have four beginner students, whom I have been teaching for a little over a year.

I love the Alfred method. The four books: technic, lesson, solo/recital, and theory all seem to really work well together. The songs coordinate with each other, so for each new concept taught in the lesson books, the student has a warm-up, a solo piece, and some theory work to back it up. I find this to be very effective. It gives the students a chance to see several examples of each concept, and practice each new concept in different ways until they achieve perfection with it. It also really walks the teacher through each concept very clearly, giving definitions for musical terms and clear instructions for which songs go together. I feel like the order in which concepts are taught also makes a lot of sense.

Overall, it's a good method for a teacher who doesn't know a whole lot about HOW to teach another person to play the piano!

I currently have some of my students on this level (Prep Course), and others on the regular beginner levels. I love how all of the different levels are interchangeable, so gifted students can advance more quickly, and students who need a little extra reinforcement can stay on the lower levels. The map for how this all works is on the back of all of the books, which you can see on the book preview. So many great things about Alfred!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric on October 26, 2011
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I have tried several different authors and publishers for early piano instruction. This is certainly my favorite series, and the Level A prep book is a great place to start for the absolute beginner. Very logical progression of exercises, very comprehensive. The supplementary theory, solo, and technique books for each level are not necessary, but very helpful if you do choose them! I highly recommend anything from the Alfred's series, based solely from the performance and enjoyment from my students.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tamra Strickland on March 22, 2010
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Great piano book for young beginner student. My daughter loves it! Approrpiate for 5 -6 year olds. Very visual and easy to guide young beginners with learning the absolute basics to playing the piano.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amethyst on October 5, 2011
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This book is very easy and basic for anyone who is new to piano playing. But with first graders, I observed that it was too easy for them. It would be a great book to start with K2 students. But if technic is a hurdle for some students, then this book is just right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Voice-Piano-Coach on January 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a new piano teacher I researched several methods and while none are perfect, I just really love the Alfred series. I order each student the lesson book and Activity and Ear training and it really flows well and the kids stay interested. I love that each level has so many supplemental books to choose from. It has made teaching such a joy and it is great at mentioning all of the little things that you may not remember along the way when teaching. I highly recommend this series. I also teach from the Later Beginner and Adult Series and have found them equally well written. All of my piano students have been very successful with these. Combined with an experienced teacher, these leave nothing to be desired. I would also recommend getting the Alfred's flashcards to go along with students of any level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OAW on May 4, 2012
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I just love Alfred's piano books. It's easy to teach and easy to learn. I am a piano teacher and I only use Alfred's books to teach!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By One Happy Reader on March 7, 2012
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Useful tool for piano beginners. Instructions are clear and can be followed with little hands on instruction. Would be nice for it to allign more closely with the therory book.
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