(Level 1A)Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, E. L. Lancaster, Victoria McArthur & Martha Mier - Alfred Music Publishing
Alfred's Premier Piano Course is a fun, inspiring, and pedagogically sound piano method for children. Besides the well-paced lessons, tasteful and colorful artwork, and wide variety of instruction (playing, writing, sight-reading, technique), it offers a unique combination of guidance and support for the student, teacher and parent. Instruction in Lesson 1A begins with rhythm and offers a short piece consisting of all quarter notes for the student to tap with hands on the closed keyboard cover. The first half of Lesson Book 1A consists of short, eight measure pre-staff pieces on black key and then white key groups. The early elementary-level pieces starting in the middle of the book are in C Major and highlight landmark notes, and refreshingly, are not locked into specific hand positions. A teacher duet is offered to all the student pieces. A performance of each solo with the teacher duet is also provided on the enclosed CD or MIDI Disk at two tempos: "practice" (slow) and "performance" (faster). Performances on each CD are recorded on an acoustic piano. The unique At-Home Book educates and specifies how the parent can be an active participant in their child's piano studies, whether they have prior musical knowledge or not. The Success Kit includes all the components of Level 1A (except MIDI Disks) in a handy zipper portfolio: Lesson Book & CD; Performance Book & CD; Theory Book; At-Home Book and Flash Cards.