Alfred Expands Premier Piano Course with Top Supplemental Books

Alfred Expands Premier Piano Course with Top Supplemental Books

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The world leader in educational music publishing releases additions to the Premier Piano Course method, including Great Music & Musicians, Jazz, Rags & Blues, and Masterworks titles. These titles are released as supplementary materials to be used in conjunction with the Premier Piano Course Lesson Books.

Great Music & Musicians provides a foundation for understanding the major cultural periods—from the Greco-Roman Era to the present. It guides students through musical styles and the development of music through the ages. The book and CD include art and listening examples that offer an opportunity for discussion. Although not correlated page-by-page, Book 1 is appropriate for piano students in Premier Piano Course, Levels 1A and 1B. It also may be used by students in other piano methods or as a focal point for group lessons. Each unit includes an overview and historical background, a closer look at important musical developments, art to provide further insight into life during the time, a short summary, listening suggestions, and a written review.

Jazz, Rags & Blues Books 1A and 1B include original pieces that reinforce concepts introduced in the curriculum-matching Lesson Books. These titles have received a tremendously positive response and have become Alfred Music’s number one selling supplemental series. Popular composer Martha Mier has composed all-new music in a variety of styles, including ragtime, boogie, and jazz. Each piece has a duet accompaniment that adds harmonic interest and rhythmic stability. The pieces in the book correlate page by page with the materials in Lesson Book 1A and 1B.

Masterworks Books 3,4,5, and 6 include standard repertoire from the four stylistic periods to reinforce concepts introduced in the correlating Lesson Books. Aside from a few exceptions, the pieces are in their original form and have not been adapted. Performance skills and musical understanding are enhanced through Premier Performer suggestions. Students will enjoy performing these pieces for family and friends in a formal recital or on special occasions.

New Premier Piano Course titles, including Great Music & Musicians, Jazz, Rags & Blues, and Masterworks are now available in music retail stores and at alfred.com.