The 4 Courses of Alfred's Basic Piano Library

A Piano Course for Beginners of All Ages

Because Alfred’s Basic Piano Library is a course for beginners of all ages, it offers teachers four different and complete beginning piano methods that use the same interval approach and theory sequence, but are graded differently. Not only is the grading different, the illustrations, covers, and course names are all different.

  • Young Beginners - Alfred’s Basic Prep Course, Levels A, B, C, D, E, F
  • Beginners - Alfred’s Basic Piano Course, Levels 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 
  • Beginners - Alfred’s Basic All-in-One Course, Books 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Later Beginners - Alfred’s Basic Complete Level 1, Level 2/3

    Because the courses are all graded differently, they allow the teacher to design a personalized curriculum for each student. No longer does one method have to fit every beginner. This is especially helpful when there are two students within one family.

    And a truly unique feature not available in any other piano method is that at the discretion of the teacher, students may switch from one of Alfred’s Basic courses to another to match the student’s rate of progress with the appropriately graded course.

    All courses ultimately lead into the main Alfred’s Basic Piano Course. On the completion of that course, the student is ready to begin playing the great piano masterpieces.

    What They Are

    The 4 Basic courses - Prep, Basic, All-in-One, Complete - are all based on the same fundamentals. They are easy, step-by-step methods that emphasize correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. At the same time, they all give students a solid foundation in music theory.

    And finally, all courses use a true multi-key approach, and even though key signatures are not introduced in the first book, the student actually plays in 7 keys. From the very first lesson, entertaining pieces are included along with clever lyrics that help the student not only play intervals of 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths, but to understand them as well.

    Supplementary Instruction and Performance Books

    Almost every student requires additional practice in performance skills that can’t be fulfilled by a single Lesson Book. With the exception of the All-in-One Course, each of the courses have optional theory, technic and solo books to supplement the Lesson Books.

    In addition to these core publications, Alfred also offers supplementary instructional publications in note-reading, sight reading, and ear training. Finally, there are supplementary performance publications that include popular music, Christmas music, repertoire music, hymns, praise hits, duets, and more. Every supplementary book has in the upper corner of the page, the Lesson Book page number where the music should be introduced.

    Alfred’s Basic Piano Library has more supplementary publications than any other piano method. What it does is empower the teacher to design an individual course of study that fills the needs and wishes of every student.

    How The Courses Interact with Each Other

    As an example of how you may switch from one of the 4 Basic courses to another, let’s say you feel a student would benefit by using a faster approach — by switching from the Prep to the Basic.

    Look at the LH column of the chart below to the Prep Course, then move right to Level B. At the completion of Level B, a smooth switch can be made to Alfred’s Basic  Level 1B.  Just follow the dashed lines from the bottom of Level B box down to the side of the Level 1B box. The dashed lines (and the text at the right end of each course) point out where switches can be comfortably made.


    Alfred's Basic Piano Library offers two adult piano courses.

    • Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course—Levels 1, 2, 3
      Written for the adult beginner who wishes to learn the piano by playing chords quickly.
    • Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course—Levels 1, 2, 3
      Written for the adult beginner who wishes to learn the piano by playing chords quickly, this course adds selected pages of Theory, Technic, and Popular Repertoire.

    On the next pages, there is a brief description and outline of each course, its basic concepts, and how the student may switch from one course to another.

    Prep Course Description Basic Course Description All-in-One Course Description Complete Levels Course Description