Alfred's Basic Piano Complete Levels Course

A Piano Course for Later 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.

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Brief Description

Complete Level 1 is especially designed to appeal to the student who starts piano study later than the average beginner. It is also useful for the young student who shows unusual musical aptitude. This one book fully presents all the principles introduced in Alfred’s Basic Lesson Books 1A and 1B. The student moves more quickly to the Grand Staff, and the book progresses at a faster pace.

There is also a Complete Level 2/3 Lesson Book. This book fully presents all the principles introduced in Alfred’s Basic Lesson Books 2 and 3. This book, as in Complete Book 1, progresses more quickly, and moves along at a faster pace.

Outline of Basic Concepts of Complete Lesson Book 1

Pages 5-7  BLACK KEYS used for keyboard orientation and finger number recognition. Recognition of finger numbers without associating any number with any key, black or white. Tunes on the black keys for reading rhythms and developing finger skills. New: Whole note. Elementary dynamics: f and p.

Pages 9-11  Fluent recognition of WHITE key-names through letter-notes in MIDDLE C POSITION that move up or down on the page as if they were on a staff. This visual concept will lead smoothly into staff notation. Time signature: 4/4 time. New dynamic sign: mf.

Pages 12-17  Introduction to Bass clef sign, Bass staff. Introduction to Treble clef sign, Treble staff, and the GRAND STAFF. Reading in C POSITION on the Grand Staff is introduced. Using the hands alternately.

Pages 18-31  INTERVAL READING in C POSITION – 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths. A new time signature: 3/4 time. Legato, slurs, tied notes. Melodic and harmonic intervals. Introducing: quarter rests, whole rest. Building skills in technique, rhythmic reading, and expressive playing.

Pages 32-41  INTERVAL READING in G POSITION. Review of C position. Sharps & flats. More dynamics: crescendo, diminuendo. Incomplete measure.  Staccato  playing.  Accent sign.

Pages 42-50  Staff reading in MIDDLE C POSITION. Tempo marks. Fermata. Eighth notes. New: Half rest. A new time signature: 2/4 time. Ritardando, a tempo. Repeat signs.

Pages 51-57  A NEW G POSITION with LH an octave higher. Pedaling. 8va. 8th rest. Development of skills in technic, rhythm, and dynamics.

Pages 58-63  MIDDLE D POSITION. Half steps & whole steps. Pieces developing technical skills. The natural sign.

Pages 64-70  TETRACHORDS. Building MAJOR SCALES in the keys of C MAJOR & G MAJOR. The key of G major. A piece with 2 LH positions. A piece with 2 RH positions. Further development of technical, rhythmic, & dynamic skills.

Pages 71-72  Review of musical terms. CERTIFICATE OF PROMOTION.

What Makes Alfred’s Basic Piano Complete Course So Special?

NEW musical terms or symbol is enlarged and highlighted. The definition is simply phrased but the meaning is precise and clear.

Alfred's Basic Piano Complete Levels Course Musical Terms

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

Alfred's Basic Piano Complete Levels Course Exercise

A colorful illustration accompanies most every piece. They are related to either the title, lyric, or rhythm of the piece. They are bound to bring a smile to the student and fun to the lesson.

Alfred's Basic Piano Complete Levels Course Illustration

First, the new musical symbol is defined. Next, there is a short exercise using the new symbol. Lastly, the new musical symbol is included in a piece.

Alfred's Basic Piano Complete Levels Course Definitions and Symbols

How the Complete Course Interacts with the Basic Course

At the completion of the Complete Level 1 Lesson Book, if the teacher feels the student would benefit by having a slower approach, a smooth switch can be made to Alfred’s Basic Level 2.

  • Look down the LH column of the chart below, to the Later Beginner Course, then right to the Complete Level 1 box. Just follow the dashed line from the top of the Level 1 box to the bottom of the Alfred’s Basic Level 2 box and they will point out where the switch can be comfortably made.
  • At the completion of Complete Level 2/3 Lesson Book, the student is ready to begin Alfred’s Basic Level 4 Lesson Book.

Alfred's Basic Piano Complete Levels Course Chart