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Alfred's Premier Piano Course
Alfred's Premier Piano Express, Bk. 3

Premier Piano Express is designed for students who need a fast-paced approach to piano study. Based on the concepts and music from Premier Piano Course, this All-in-One Accelerated Course integrates Lesson, Theory, Technique, and Performance pages. Book 3 continues the steady development of artistry and keyboard skills that began in Books 1 and 2. The book is organized into skills-based units that feature clear explanations of important musical concepts. Worksheets within each unit provide review and strengthen understanding. Included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains both audio performances on acoustic piano and orchestrated accompaniments for selected pieces. Accompaniments are also available for download.

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.

 

 

 

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Lesson Book 1A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
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 Alfred's Premier Piano Course Lesson Book 1A includes a CD.

Selections: A - Old MacDonald Had a Dog; B -Change on C; C - Time to Celebrate; D - Overview of Materials in Lesson Bk. 1A; E - Minuet for Bach

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Performance Book 1A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The appealing repertoire with charming lyrics further reinforces and enhances the learning of new musical concepts introduced in the Lesson Book. Includes attractive music created by internationally acclaimed composers in a variety of styles, plus tips on how to perform more musically. Each piece on the CD was recorded at a performance tempo and a slower practice tempo.

Selections: A - Hey, Rock and Roll Man!; B -Fooba Wooba John; C - Favorite Things

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Theory Book 1A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier
Correlated page-for-page with the Lesson Book, each new musical concept is reinforced through fun-filled writing, listening and playing exercises. With games and puzzles added to compositional and creative activities, students retain concepts more easily and learn more thoroughly.
This collection or solo can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Technique Book 1A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Now your students will have the technical tools needed to achieve artistic performances. They will encounter skills in four areas-playing naturally (physical aspects), moving freely (around the keyboard), playing beautifully (tone production) and playing artistically. The technical goals are accomplished through three types of activities-patterned exercises with necessary repetitions to make the technique feel natural, artistic etudes that showcase the student's technique in an artistic musical setting and appealing and descriptive exercises called Technique Tools. The nine Technique Tools in Level 1A relate to relaxed shoulders, arm weight, moving freely, strong fingertips, finger weights, repeated notes, thumb position, finger independence and gentle hand rock. Each page in the Technique Book correlates with a specific page in the Lesson Book; when the Lesson, Theory, Performance and Technique books are used together, they offer a fully integrated and unparalleled comprehensive approach to piano instruction. 32 pages.Now your students will have the technical tools needed to achieve artistic performances. They will encounter skills in four areas-playing naturally (physical aspects), moving freely (around the keyboard), playing beautifully (tone production) and playing artistically. The technical goals are accomplished through three types of activities-patterned exercises with necessary repetitions to make the technique feel natural, artistic etudes that showcase the student's technique in an artistic musical setting and appealing and descriptive exercises called Technique Tools. The nine Technique Tools in Level 1A relate to relaxed shoulders, arm weight, moving freely, strong fingertips, finger weights, repeated notes, thumb position, finger independence and gentle hand rock. Each page in the Technique Book correlates with a specific page in the Lesson Book; when the Lesson, Theory, Performance and Technique books are used together, they offer a fully integrated and unparalleled comprehensive approach to piano instruction. 32 pages.
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At-Home Book 1A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The unique At-Home Book contributes greatly to a student's success. When used by parents during practice time, it can make a dramatic difference in the student's musical learning. All parents-with or without musical knowledge-will be able to participate. It's like having a second teacher at home. Each At-Home Book includes Assignment Pages, Parent Pages, and an engaging story for students and parents.
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Flash Cards 1A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Flash Cards correlate with the Lesson Book and include two types of cards: Music Cards and Sight-Reading Cards. Music Cards include symbols, terms, note identification, rhythm patterns and keyboard layout. Sight-Reading Cards include staff-reading patterns based on the repertoire.
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Success Kit 1A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The Success Kit contains all the items needed for success with piano lessons. All of the following Level 1A components are included in a handy zipper portfolio: Lesson Book & CD * Performance Book & CD * Theory Book * At-Home Book * Flash Cards.
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General MIDI Disks 1A
Two General MIDI Disks contain piano performances and exciting orchestral accompaniments which correlate with the Lesson Book and Performance Book of level 1A. Colorful and imaginative orchestrations compliment, rather than overwhelm, the student's solo piano part. The orchestrations are based on the teacher duet accompaniment and they can be controlled separately along with the RH and LH piano parts, since each is on a separate track. Orchestrations by Brent Mills and Jason Nyberg.
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Lesson Book 1B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
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.

Selections: A - Picnic Ants; B - The Mythical Unicorn; C - It's a Brand New Day!; D - Overview of New Materials in Lesson Bk. 1B; E - Green Tea

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Performance Book 1B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The appealing repertoire with charming lyrics further reinforces and enhances the learning of new musical concepts introduced in the Lesson Book. Includes attractive music created by internationally acclaimed composers in a variety of styles, plus tips on how to perform more musically. Each piece on the CD was recorded at a performance tempo and a slower practice tempo.

Selections: A - Fourth Grade Band; B -Scarborough Fair; C - I Love to Play Piano! (with MIDI accompaniment)

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Theory Book 1B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier
Correlated page-for-page with the Lesson Book, each new musical concept is reinforced through fun-filled writing, listening and playing exercises. With games and puzzles added to compositional and creative activities, students retain concepts more easily and learn more thoroughly.
This collection or solo can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
At-Home Book 1B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The unique At-Home Book contributes greatly to a student's success. When used by parents during practice time, it can make a dramatic difference in the student's musical learning. All parents-with or without musical knowledge-will be able to participate. It's like having a second teacher at home. Each At-Home Book includes Assignment Pages, Parent Pages, and an engaging story for students and parents.
This collection or solo can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Flash Cards 1B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Flash Cards correlate with the Lesson Book and include two types of cards: Music Cards and Sight-Reading Cards. Music Cards include symbols, terms, note identification, rhythm patterns and keyboard layout. Sight-Reading Cards include staff-reading patterns based on the repertoire.
This can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Success Kit 1B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
All the Level 1B components are included (except GM Disks) in a handy zipper portfolio. Contents: Lesson Book & CD * Performance Book & CD * Theory Book * At-Home Book * Flash Cards.
This product can be ordered 
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
General MIDI Disks 1B
Two General MIDI Disks contain piano performances and exciting orchestral accompaniments which correlate with the Lesson Book and Performance Book of level 1B. Colorful and imaginative orchestrations compliment, rather than overwhelm, the student's solo piano part. The orchestrations are based on the teacher duet accompaniment and they can be controlled separately along with the RH and LH piano parts, since each is on a separate track. Orchestrations by Brent Mills and Jason Nyberg.
This collection or solo can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Lesson Book 2A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
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.

Selections: A - The Food Court; B - Folk Song Mixup; C - Classic Dance; D - Overview of New Materials in Lesson Bk. 2A; E - Qwerty

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Performance Book 2A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The appealing repertoire with charming lyrics further reinforces and enhances the learning of new musical concepts introduced in the Lesson Book. Includes attractive music created by internationally acclaimed composers in a variety of styles, plus tips on how to perform more musically. Each piece on the CD was recorded at a performance tempo and a slower practice tempo.

Selections: A - March 1 & March 2 (Turk); B -Sunflower Rag; C - Runaway Stagecoach

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Theory Book 2A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier
Correlated page-for-page with the Lesson Book, each new musical concept is reinforced through fun-filled writing, listening and playing exercises. With games and puzzles added to compositional and creative activities, students retain concepts more easily and learn more thoroughly.
This collection or solo can be ordered 
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
At-Home Book 2A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The unique At-Home Book contributes greatly to a student's success. When used by parents during practice time, it can make a dramatic difference in the student's musical learning. All parents-with or without musical knowledge-will be able to participate. It's like having a second teacher at home. Each At-Home Book includes Assignment Pages, Parent Pages, and an engaging story for students and parents.
This collection or solo can be ordered 
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Flash Cards 2A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Flash Cards correlate with the Lesson Book and include two types of cards: Music Cards and Sight-Reading Cards. Music Cards include symbols, terms, note identification, rhythm patterns and keyboard layout. Sight-Reading Cards include staff-reading patterns based on the repertoire.
This collection can be ordered 
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
General MIDI Disks 2A
Two General MIDI Disks contain piano performances and exciting orchestral accompaniments which correlate with the Lesson Book and Performance Book of level 2A. Colorful and imaginative orchestrations compliment, rather than overwhelm, the student's solo piano part. The orchestrations are based on the teacher duet accompaniment and they can be controlled separately along with the RH and LH piano parts, since each is on a separate track. Orchestrations by Brent Mills and Jason Nyberg.
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Lesson Book 2B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The Level 2B Lesson Book of Alfred's Premier Piano Course continues the expansion of note-reading skills begun in Levels 1A, 1B and 2A and includes melodic and harmonic 7ths and octaves to aid the student with moving freely around the keyboard. New items include the introduction of C and G major scales as well as three-note V7 chords in C and G. Dotted quarter and eighth-note rhythm patterns are added to other rhythms of gradually increasing complexity.

Selections: A - Rhythm Mania; B - Over the Rainbow; C - Fiesta de Espana; D - Overview of New Materials in Lesson Bk. 2B; E - Legato Pedal

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Performance Book 2B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The music is fresh! The lyrics are current and in-tune with today's students! The subject matter is appealing! These accolades have been used to describe the all-new music in Alfred's Premier Piano Course The music in Performance Book 2B includes a variety of styles including boogie, ragtime, jazz, flamenco, contemporary and more--sure to bring smiles to the faces of all students. The attractive music, complete with performance tips, carefully supports the new concepts contained in the corresponding Lesson Book 2B. Each piece on the CD was recorded at a performance tempo and a slower practice tempo.

Selections: A - Evening Song; B -A Cool Waltz; C - Lemon Drop Rag (with MIDI accompaniment)

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Theory Book 2B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier
Students are finding the Theory Books in Alfred's Premier Piano Course not only fun to do but very helpful in reinforcing new materials introduced in the Lesson Book. The Learning Links included in the Theory Book relate to learning more about important subjects found in the music and lyrics in the Lesson Book making for a more rounded education. Continued from previous Theory Books are Fun Zones, Now Hear This (ear training), and Now Play This (sight reading exercises) which add additional reinforcement to written theory.
This collection or solo can be ordered 
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
At-Home Book 2B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The unique At-Home Book contributes greatly to a student's success. When used by parents during practice time, it can make a dramatic difference in the student's musical learning. All parents-with or without musical knowledge-will be able to participate. It's like having a second teacher at home. Contents include: Assignment Pages, Parent Pages, and an engaging musical adventure story that started in Level 1A and comes to a fun conclusion in Level 2B.
This collection or solo can be ordered 
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Flash Cards 2B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Flash Cards correlate with the Lesson Book and include two types of cards: Music Cards and Sight-Reading Cards. Music Cards include symbols, terms, note identification, rhythm patterns and keyboard layout. Sight-Reading Cards include staff-reading patterns based on the repertoire.
This collection can be ordered 
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
General MIDI Disks 2B
Two General MIDI Disks contain piano performances and exciting orchestral accompaniments which correlate with the Lesson Book and Performance Book of level 2B. Colorful and imaginative orchestrations compliment, rather than overwhelm, the student's solo piano part. The orchestrations are based on the teacher duet accompaniment and they can be controlled separately along with the RH and LH piano parts, since each is on a separate track. Orchestrations by Brent Mills and Jason Nyberg.
 
 
Lesson Book 3 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Alfred's Premier Piano Course Level 3 students will be playing syncopated, dotted and swing rhythms with ease. Up-tempo, original pieces with clever twists smoothly incorporate new concepts including: pass-under and cross-over scale fingerings; the chromatic scale; IV chords in C, G, F, D; 1st and 2nd endings; and ledger lines above and below the staff.

Selections: A - The Taj Mahal; B -Midnight at the Museum; C - Landler in F Major; D - Overview of New Materials in Lesson Bk. 3; E - Watercolors

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Performance Book 3 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Students in Level 3 will be playing syncopated, dotted and swing rhythms with ease. Up-tempo, original pieces with clever twists smoothly incorporate new concepts such as: pass-under and cross-over scale fingerings; the chromatic scale; IV chords in C, G, F, D; and ledger lines above and below the staff. The all-new music includes jazzy selections, classical adaptations, marches, contemporary pieces and more. The attractive music, complete with performance tips, carefully supports the new concepts contained in the corresponding Lesson Book 3. 32 pages.

Selections: A -Simple Gifts; B -Marching Band Camp; C - Starry Night

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Theory Book 3 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Students are finding the Theory Books in Alfred's Premier Piano Course not only fun to do but very helpful in reinforcing new materials introduced in the Lesson Book. The Learning Links included in the Theory Book relate to learning more about important subjects found in the music and lyrics in the Lesson Book making for a more rounded education. Continued from previous Theory Books are Fun Zones, Now Hear This (ear training), and Now Play This (sight reading exercises) which add additional reinforcement to written theory.
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Lesson Book 4 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier)
Now in Stock! Alfred’s Premier Piano Course, Level 4 students will be playing interesting pieces that use triplets and sixteenth notes. Musical styles range from jazz and ragtime to original pieces by master composers. New concepts introduced include natural and harmonic minor scales, one octave arpeggios and chord inversions.

Selections: A - New Orleans Jazz; B -Premier Sonatina; C - Scenes of Granada; D - Overview of New Materials in Lesson Bk. 4; E - 1st and 2nd Inversion Triads

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Performance Bk. 4 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier
With fresh and appealing music written for today's students, Performance Book 4 of Alfred Premier Piano Course gradually incorporates triplets and sixteenth notes. Students will play a variety of styles ranging from lyrical ballads, pieces with rhythmic flair, jazz, boogie, and ragtime, to original classics. New concepts include natural and harmonic minor scales (A and E minor), one octave arpeggios and chord inversions. The music, complete with performance tips, carefully supports the new concepts contained in the corresponding Lesson Book 4. 32 pages.

Selections: A - Letters from Home; B -Tarantella Siciliano; C - Premier Toccatina

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Theory Bk. 4 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier)
Students are finding the Theory Books in Alfred's Premier Piano Course not only fun to do but very helpful in reinforcing new materials introduced in the Lesson Book. The Learning Links included in the Theory Book relate to learning more about important subjects found in the music and lyrics in the Lesson Book making for a more rounded education. Continued from previous Theory Books are Fun Zones, Now Hear This (ear training), and Now Play This (sight reading exercises), which add additional reinforcement to written theory. Students can explore composition and creative activities with the Imagination Stations.
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Christmas Bk. 1A - Alfred's Premier Piano Course
Alfred's Premier Piano Course "Christmas Book 1A" includes familiar Christmas pieces that reinforce concepts included in Lesson Book 1A. The music continues the strong pedagogical focus of the course while providing the enjoyment of playing familiar music during the Christmas season. Duet accompaniments create rich sounds and can aid the student with rhythmic security. Both solo and duet parts contain measure numbers for easy reference. Contents: "Away in a Manger", "Dance of the Reed Flutes", "Go, Tell It on the Mountain", "Good King Wenceslas", "Jingle Bells", "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas", "O Come, All Ye Faithful", "O Come, Little Children", "O Come, O come Emmanuel", "Up on the Housetop", "We Three Kings of Orient Are".

A. Jingle Bells; B. Go, Tell It on the Mountain; C. We Three Kings of Orient Are

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Christmas 1B - Alfred's Premier Piano Course
Familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Contains teacher duet accompaniments for an enhanced musical experience. Titles: Angels We Have Heard on High * Coventry Carol * Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy * Deck the Halls * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Jingle Bells * Russian Dance (Trepak) (from The Nutcracker Suite) * Silent Night * Toyland. 24 pages.

A. Angels We Have Heard on High; B. Coventry Carol; C. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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Christmas 2A - Alfred's Premier Piano Course
Familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Some pieces contain teacher duet accompaniments for an enhanced musical experience. Titles: Arabian Dance (from The Nutcracker Suite) * Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella * Carol of the Bells * Ding, Dong Merrily on High * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * The Little Drummer Boy * O Come, All Ye Faithful * Over the River and Through the Woods * Up on the Housetop * We Wish You a Merry Christmas. 24 pages.

A. O Come, All Ye Faithful; B. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; C. Up on the Housetop

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Christmas 2B - Alfred's Premier Piano Course
Familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Titles: Away in a Manger * Deck the Halls / Sing We Now of Christmas Medley * The First Noel * Frosty the Snowman * Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * The Holly and the Ivy * Jingle Bells * Joy to the World * Pat-a-Pan * Silent Night. 24 pages.

A. Silent Night; B. Deck the Halls/Sing We Now of Christmas (Medley); C. Holly and the Ivy, The

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Lesson Book 5 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Level 5 continues the steady development of artistry and keyboard skills that began in 1A and continued through 4.
  • The keys of B-flat major, D and G minor (natural and
    harmonic) are introduced, as well as augmented triads and sharp key signatures.
  • Sixteenth notes in 3/8 and 6/8 meter, the dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note, and cut time create gradually more complex rhythm figures.
  • Elements of music style in the Baroque and Classical periods introduce students to stylistic considerations in performing music of those eras, as well as to important keyboard composers.
  • Technical Workouts continue the development of skills, including two-octave scales, grace notes, off=beat accompaniment patterns, note-against-note coordination, and more complex fingering principles.

Selections: A - Carnaval de Buenos Aires; B - Clementi Sonatina in C Major, 1st mv't.; C - Barcarolle; D - Musical Style Periods: The Baroque Period; E - Greek Festival

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Performance Book 5 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier)
With fresh and appealing music written for today's students, Performance Book 5 of Alfred Premier Piano Course gradually incorporates more complex technique and finger independence. Students will play a variety of styles ranging from lyrical ballads, pieces with rhythmic flair, jazz, boogie, and ragtime, to original classics. Stylistic elements of Baroque and Classical periods are introduced. New concepts include natural and harmonic minor scales (D and G minor), two octave scale fingerings, grace notes, and cut time. The music, complete with performance tips, carefully supports the new concepts contained in the corresponding Lesson Book 5. 32 pages.

Selections: A -A Splash of Indigo; B -Watercolor Impressions; C - Climbing the Pyrenees; D - Soldier's March; E - Clementi Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 1, 3rd mv't.

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Theory Bk. 5 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier)
Students are finding the Theory Books in Alfred's Premier Piano Course not only fun to do but very helpful in reinforcing new materials introduced in the Lesson Book. The Learning Links included in the Theory Book relate to learning more about important subjects found in the music and lyrics in the Lesson Book. They also relate to science, technology, and geography, making for a more rounded education. Continued from previous theory books are Fun Zones, Now Hear This (ear training), and Now Play This (sight reading exercises), which add additional reinforcement to written theory. Students can explore composition and creative activities with the Imagination Stations.
This product can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Christmas 1A-1B Value Pack
This Value Pack includes Alfred's Premier Piano Course Christmas 1A and 1B books. Each contains familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season, using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Students can use Premier Piano Course Christmas 1A with any method as soon as they begin reading on the grand staff. Each book includes teacher duet accompaniments for an enhanced musical experience. Christmas 1A titles: Away in a Manger * Dance of the Reed Flutes * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * Good King Wenceslas * Jingle Bells * Jolly Old Saint Nicholas * O Come, All Ye Faithful * O Come, Little Children * O Come, O Come Emmanuel * Up on the Housetop * We Three Kings of Orient Are. Christmas 1B titles: Angels We Have Heard on High * Coventry Carol * Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy * Deck the Halls * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Jingle Bells * Russian Dance (Trepak) (from The Nutcracker Suite) * Silent Night * Toyland. (If purchased separately, the total retail value of the Value Pack is $11.90.).
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Alfred's Premier Piano Course Success Kit 1A
The Success Kit contains all the items needed for a child to have success with piano lessons. All of the following Level 1A components are included in a handy zipper portfolio: Lesson Book & CD * Performance Book & CD * Theory Book * At-Home Book * Flash Cards. This product received the iParenting Media award as one of the "Best Products of 2006.".
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from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Technique Book 1B (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
The art of playing the piano requires three things:  knowledge, musical feeling, and the physical skills to perform what is artistically intended, also known as technique.  The development of technique is essential to future success at the piano.  Developing technique is a result of  first understanding, then practicing the correct physical movements many times.

The technical goals in "Technique Book 2A" are accomplished through four types of activities:

Technique Tools from Books 1A and 1B are reviewed and new technical goals for this level are
clearly presented through appealing and descriptive exercises:

1.  Dynamic Shaping
2.  Crossing over the Thumb
3.  Solid-Sounding Chords
4.  Two-Note Slurs
5.  Seamless Melodies
6.  Balance Between Melody and Accompaniment
7.  Damper Pedal Footwork

Hands-Together Workshops focus on developing the skills necessary for coordinating
hands-together playing.

Patterned Exercises provide students with the necessary repetitions to make the technique
feel natural.  Memorization, although optional is suggested.

Artistic Etudes showcase a student's technique in an artistic musical setting.


This product can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Alfred's Premier Piano Course Success Kit 1B
The Success Kit contains all the items needed for a child to have success with piano lessons. All of the following Level 1B components are included in a handy zipper portfolio: Lesson Book & CD * Performance Book & CD * Theory Book * At-Home Book * Flash Cards. This product received the iParenting Media award as one of the "Best Products of 2006.".
This product can be ordered
from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Christmas 2A-2B Value Pack
This Value Pack includes Alfred's Premier Piano Course Christmas 2A and 2B books. Each contains familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season, using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Christmas 2A titles: Arabian Dance (from The Nutcracker Suite) * Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella * Carol of the Bells * Ding, Dong Merrily on High * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * The Little Drummer Boy * O Come, All Ye Faithful * Over the River and Through the Woods * Up on the Housetop * We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Christmas 2B titles: Away in a Manger * Deck the Halls / Sing We Now of Christmas Medley * The First Noel * Frosty the Snowman * Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * The Holly and the Ivy * Jingle Bells * Joy to the World * Pat-a-Pan * Silent Night. (If purchased separately, the total retail value of the Value Pack is $11.90.).
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Technique Book 2A (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier)
The art of playing the piano requires three things:  knowledge, musical feeling, and the physical skills to perform what is artistically intended, also known as technique.  The development of technique is essential to future success at the piano.  Developing technique is a result of  first understanding, then practicing the correct physical movements many times.

The technical goals in "Technique Book 2A" are accomplished through four types of activities:

Technique Tools from Books 1A and 1B are reviewed and new technical goals for this level are clearly presented through appealing and descriptive exercises:

1.  Dynamic Shaping
2.  Crossing over the Thumb
3.  Solid-Sounding Chords
4.  Two-Note Slurs
5.  Seamless Melodies
6.  Balance Between Melody and Accompaniment
7.  Damper Pedal Footwork

Hands-Together Workshops focus on developing the skills necessary for coordinating hands-together playing.

Patterned Exercises provide students with the necessary repetitions to make the technique feel natural.  Memorization, although optional is suggested.

Artistic Etudes showcase a student's technique in an artistic musical setting.

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from your favorite music dealer or
 
 
Lesson Bk. 6 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)
Level 6, the LAST level in Alfred's Premier Piano Course, continues the steady development of artistry and keyboard skills that began in
1A and continued through 5.
  • The keys of E-flat major, C and B minor (natural and harmonic) are introduced, as well as melodic minor scales, diminished triads, and major flat key signatures.
  • Harmonic progressions include root position V7 chords, the ii-V7-I chord progression, and diatonic triads.
  • Mixed meter and syncopated rhythm patterns with eighth notes and sixteenth notes are used to create gradually more complex rhythm figures.
  • Elements of music style in the Romantic and Contemporary periods introduce students to stylistic considerations in performing music of those eras, as well as to important keyboard composers.
  • A special section on popular music traces the history and development of popular styles.
  • Technical Workouts continue the development of skills, including two-octave scales beginning on black keys, two-octave arpeggios, note-against-note coordination, and more complex fingering principles.

Selections: A - Toccata ritmico; B - Black Is the Color; C - Festival fantastico

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Christmas 3 - Alfred's Premier Piano Course
Familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Titles: Fum, Fum, Fum * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * Good King Wenceslas* I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day * Jingle Bell Rock * Jolly Old Saint Nicholas * Jingle Bells * O Come, All Ye Faithful * O Little Town of Bethlehem * We Three Kings of Orient Are * We With You a Merry Christmas. 24 pages.

A. Fum, Fum, Fum; B. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas; C. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day

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Christmas 4 - Alfred's Premier Piano Course
Familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Titles: Away in a Manger * Deck the Halls * The First Noel *Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * O Come, O Come, Emmanuel *Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow * Joy to the World * Russian Dance (Trépak) from The Nutcracker * Santa Claus is Comin' to Town * Silent Night * Ukrainian Bell Carol (Carol of the Bells) . 24 pages.

A. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; B. First Noel, The; C. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

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Theory Bk. 6
Students are finding the Theory Books in Alfred's Premier Piano Course not only fun to do but very helpful in reinforcing new materials introduced in the Lesson Book. The Learning Links included in the Theory Book relate to learning more about important subjects found in the music and lyrics in the Lesson Book. They also relate to science, technology, and geography, making for a more rounded education. Continued from previous theory books are Fun Zones, Now Hear This (ear training), and Now Play This (sight reading exercises), which add additional reinforcement to written theory. Students can explore composition and creative activities with the Imagination Stations.
 
 
Performance Book 6 - Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier
The fresh and appealing music contained in Performance Book 6 expands the technical and harmonic vocabulary of students. An eclectic mix of popular styles—from ballads to rock to ragtime—is balanced with favorite repertoire from the Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. Performance tips help the student play musically and stylistically. Each piece on the included CD was recorded at a performance tempo and a slower practice tempo.

Selections: A -Twelve O'Clock Jump; B -Reverie; C - Serenade de Seville; D - Table of Contents;

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Pop and Movie Hits, Bk. 1A

Favorite pop and movie hits have been arranged to correlate with the concepts presented in Lesson Book 1A. Optional duet parts for teacher or parent add harmonic richness to the solo parts. 11 attractive arrangements include: Annie’s Song * Bye, Bye Blackbird * It’s a Small World * Mickey Mouse March * The Rose * Scooby Doo, Where Are You? * This Is It! * This Land Is Your Land * The Trolley Song * Up Where We Belong * Whistle While You Work.
Selections: (A) "The Rose"; (B) "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?"; (C) "Up Where We Belong"

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Pop and Movie Hits, Bk. 1B

Favorite pop and movie hits have been arranged to correlate with the concepts presented in Lesson Book 1B. Optional duet parts for teacher or parent add harmonic richness to the solo parts. Eleven attractive arrangements include: (Meet) The Flintstones * Great Balls of Fire * Inspector Gadget * Over the Rainbow * Puff (The Magic Dragon) * Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious * Theme from “Ice Castles” * Theme from “Superman” * We’re Off to See the Wizard * What a Wonderful World * Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).
Selections: (A) "Meet the Flintsones"; (B) "Theme from "Ice Castles""; (C) "What a Wonderful World"

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Technique Bk. 2B (Alexander,Kowalchyk,Lancaster,McArthur,Mier)
The art of playing the piano requires three things:  knowledge, musical feeling, and the physical skills to perform what is artistically intended, also known as technique.  The development of technique is essential to future success at the piano.  Developing technique is a result of  first understanding, then practicing the correct physical movements many times.

The technical goals in "Technique Book 2B" are accomplished through five types of activities.
Please open the 1st pdf on the right to see "A Note to Teachers" that outlines the various skills covered at this level.
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Pop and Movie Hits 2B (Alexander,Kowalchyk,Lancaster,McArthur,Mier)
Favorite pop and movie hits have been arranged to correlate with Lesson Book 2B. Titles: The Entertainer * Hedwig’s Theme * Home * Hooray for Hollywood * Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini * Part of Your World * The Pink Panther * Pokémon Theme * Raiders March * When You Wish Upon a Star * A Whole New World.

Selections: A - Part of Your World; B - The Pink Panther; C - A Whole New World

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Pop and Movie Hits 3 (Alexander,Kowalchyk,Lancaster,McArthur,Mier)
Favorite pop and movie hits have been arranged to correlate with Lesson Book 3. Titles: Baby * Breakaway * Bridge Over Troubled Water * California, Here I Come * Colors of the Wind * Don’t Stop Believin’ * Looking Back (Love Theme from Glee) * Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head * Someday My Prince Will Come * Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme) * Splish Splash * Wipe Out.

Selections: A - Splish Splash; B - Breakaway; C - Baby

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Pop and Movie Hits 2A (Alexander,Kowalchyk,Lancaster,McArthur,Mier)
Favorite pop and movie hits have been arranged to correlate with the concepts presented in Lesson Book 2A. Optional duet parts for teacher or parent add harmonic richness to the solo parts of selected titles. 12 attractive arrangements include: Beauty and the Beast * Catch a Falling Star * The Chicken Dance * Chim Chim Cher-ee * Happy Birthday to You * Heigh-Ho * It’s My Party * James Bond Theme * The Lion Sleeps Tonight * (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock * Star Wars (Main Theme) * Wipe Out.

Selections: A - The Chicken Dance; B - Beauty and the Beast; C - Wipe Out

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Pop and Movie Hits 4 (Alexander,Kowalchyk,Lancaster,McArthur,Mier)
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course, Level 4 students explore the full range of the keyboard, playing motivating, fun pieces that use triplets and sixteenth notes. Styles range from jazz and ragtime to original pieces by master composers. New concepts including natural and harmonic minor scales, one octave arpeggios and chord inversions are skillfully woven into intriguing pieces. Selections include: Batman Theme * Be Our Guest (from Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") * Blue Moon * Cruella De Vil (from Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations") * Endless Love * Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") * Theme from "Ice Castles" (Through the Eyes of Love) * Inspector Gadget * New Soul * The Pink Panther * The Sound of Silence * 48 pages.

Selections: A - Inspector Gadget (Theme); B - Theme from "Ice Castles" (Through the Eyes of Love); C - Cruella De Vil (from Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"

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Pop and Movie Hits 5 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)

Your student's favorite pop and movie hits have been arranged to correlate with Lesson Book 5. Titles: And All That Jazz * Anything Goes * At Last * Can You Feel the Love Tonight * Dancing Queen * Don’t Stop Believin’ * How High the Moon * Maple Leaf Rag * Moondance * Rhapsody in Blue™ * Summertime * Take the “A” Train * Under the Sea * The Wind Beneath My Wings.

 

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Selections: A - The Wind Beneath My Wings;   B - Rhapsody in Blue; C - At Last

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Christmas Bk. 5 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier)

Familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Titles: Angels We Have Heard on High * Auld Lang Syne * Gesu Bambino (The Infant Jesus) * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! * March (from The Nutcracker) * O Christmas Tree * What Child Is This? 24 pages.

 

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Selections:  A -Jingle Bells;  B - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear;  C - Gesu Bambino

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Christmas Bk. 6 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster, McArthur, Mier)

Familiar motivational pieces for the holiday season using the same concepts introduced in the corresponding Lesson Book. Titles: Deck the Halls * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming * Silent Night * Sleigh Ride * Still, Still, Still * Waltz of the Flowers (from The Nutcracker) * We Wish You a Merry Christmas. 24 pages.

 

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Selections:  A -Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;  B -Sleigh Ride; 

C - Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

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Pop and Movie Hits 6 (Alexander, Kowalchyk, Lancaster,McArthur, Mier)

Your student's favorite pop and movie hits have been arranged to correlate with Lesson Book 6. Titles: Beauty and the Beast * Hero * I Got Rhythm * Love Story (Where Do I Begin?) * Theme from “New York, New York” * The Notebook (Main Title) * The Prayer * Sealed with a Kiss * Swinging on a Star * The Syncopated Clock * Take Five * Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger) * What a Wonderful World * You Raise Me Up.

 

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Selections:  A -The Notebook (Main Title);  B -The Prayer; C - Hero


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