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Alfred Piano Methods

For over 100 years, Alfred Music has been helping the world experience the joy of makin gmusic by offering a wide range of pedagogically-sound methods that continue to be go-to resources for teachers around the world.

Below you will find a brief overview of the distinct approaches found in Alfred Music's three core piano methods. This information will help you in choosing the best piano method for each student. 

Alfred's Basic Piano Library

Alfred's Basic Piano Library

Alfred’s Basic Piano Library uses an interval-based reading approach that promotes freedom of movement around the keyboard and offers enjoyable piano instruction for students of all ages. This easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. The four interconnected courses include a vast library of correlated materials that make it easy for teachers to tailor a perfectly paced curriculum for each student and adapt as their students' needs change.

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Premier Piano Course

Premier Piano Course

Premier Piano Course uses a non-position-based reading approach and offers today’s students a fully integrated and comprehensive approach to piano instruction. This student-, parent-, and teacher-friendly method provides an imaginative exploration of the exciting world of music. It was written by a superb team of America’s most-respected composers and teachers—Dennis Alexander, Gayle Kowalchyk, E. L. Lancaster, Victoria McArthur, and Martha Mier. All of the writers have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. After more than four years of research and testing, they have created a course that perfectly blends music, lyrics, pedagogy, art, and fun! There are four core books with a correlated set of flash cards and multiple supplementary books at each level.

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Music for Little Mozarts

Music For Little Mozarts

Music for Little Mozarts was written by Christine H. Barden, Gayle Kowalchyk, and E. L. Lancaster specifically for preschool age students (ages 4-6). This curriculum provides a balance between the discipline necessary for playing the piano and the enjoyment students receive from the process of music making. Music for Little Mozarts is available as both a Piano Course and an Early Childhood Classroom Course. Both of these fun, imaginative series will help develop singing and listening skills, plus impart an appreciation for many musical styles. Each course centers around the adventures of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they learn about music.

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