A Piano Course for Beginners

By Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, and Amanda Vick Lethco

Core Books: Lesson, Theory, & Technic books for 1 & 2/3.

Supplementary Instructional Books: Activity & Ear Training, Notespeller, Sight Reading.

Supplementary Performance Books: Fun Solos, Hymns, Merry Christmas, Praise Hits, Repertoire, Top Hits, Top Hits Christmas.

5 All-in-One books that combine into each book, music from the Lesson, Theory, and Recital Books of Alfred’s Basic Piano Course.

Alfred's Basic Piano All-in-One Course Covers

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Brief Description

This All-in-One Piano Course was written in response to many requests by teachers for just a single course book that would include LESSON, THEORY, and SOLO material. By combining three LESSON BOOKS (1A, 1B, and 2) of Alfred’s Basic Piano Library into five All-in-One Books that also include selected pages from the THEORY and RECITAL Books, a new course has been developed that offers several advantages.

  1. The student will need to perform from only one book.
  2. The need to carry multiple books to each lesson is eliminated.
  3. Teacher assignments will be simplified.

At the completion of Book 3 of the All-in-One Course, the student will be ready to continue into Level 2 of Alfred’s Basic Library; at the completion of Book 5 of the All-in-One Course, the student will be able to continue into Level 3 of Alfred’s Basic Library.

Outline of Basic Concepts in Book 1

Pages 3-5  Introduction to playing. Finger numbers. Piano tones.

Pages 6-21  Keyboard orientation and finger number recognition. Tunes on the black keys for elementary rhythmic reading and development of finger skills. Introduction to elementary dynamic signs: p and f. The use of this section avoids the association of any finger numbers with any key, black or white. Introduction to reading and writing quarter, half, and whole notes. Also, writing note-stems, bar lines, p and f.

Pages  22-35  Fluent recognition of key-names through the use of letter-notes. Tunes in MIDDLE C POSITION and C POSITION for more skill development and rhythmic reading. Notes move up or down on the page as if they were on a staff. This visual concept will lead smoothly into staff notation. Time signatures: 4/4 and  3/4 time. An easy way to find any white key. New dynamic sign: mf. Writing and playing dotted half notes. Writing notes, times signatures, and dynamic signs.

Pages 36-51  Introduction and writing the Staff, the Bass Clef sign, the Treble Clef sign, the Grand Staff.  Playing and writing C POSITION on the Grand Staff.

Pages 52-70  Introduction to and writing legato, slur, and tied notes. INTERVAL READING in C POSITION. 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths. Melodic intervals, harmonic intervals. Introduction to quarter rests. 

Pages 71-72  Review. Certificate of Promotion.

What Makes Alfred’s All-in-One Course So Special?

NEW musical terms are enlarged and highlighted in a pink box. The definition is simply phrased but the meaning is precise and clear.

Alfred's Basic Piano All in One Course Music Terms

A clapping exercise is sometimes included to introduce the use of the new musical term or symbol.

Alfred's Basic Piano All in One Course Exercise

First the new musical symbol is defined. Next, there is a hand-clapping exercise on the symbol. Lastly, the new symbol is included in a piece.

Alfred's Basic Piano All-in-One Course Included

The duet part can be played by the teacher, parent, or advanced student. Duet playing will help the student learn to keep a steady beat and to begin to enjoy the fun of making music.

Alfred's Basic Piano All-in-One Course Duet Part

How the All-in-One Course Interacts with the Basic Course

At the completion of All-in-One Course Book 3, if the teacher feels the student would benefit by having more reinforcement with separate Lesson, Theory, and Recital books, a smooth switch can be made to Alfred’s Basic Level 2.

  • Look down the LH column of the chart below to the All-in-One Course, then right to Book 3. Just follow the dashed line from the top of the Book 3 box to the side of the Alfred’s Basic Level 2 box, and it will point out where the switch can be made comfortably.
  • Also, at the completion of the All-in-One Course Book 5, a smooth switch can be made to Alfred’s Basic Level 3.

Alfred's Basic Piano All-in-One Course Level Chart