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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co (Aug. 1 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882847880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882847887
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 29.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Wang on April 8 2011
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We bought a digital piano for my 5 year old daughter. Before we sent her to some piano school, we bought this book (and another Alfred's Basic Piano Course Theory Book1A) and played with my daughter. I don't know music and how to play any instrument before. With the book, we can play some musics on the book. We all enjoy playing piano. Now we hope to find a piano teacher who will use this serial book as textbook.
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Alfred's Basic Piano Library Level 1A Gets FIVE STARS! Aug. 12 2007
By Nona N. Lohr - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have taught piano lessons for over 20 years. During that time, I have found that Alfred's Basic Piano Library Level 1A is great for young beginners. When children are about 5-6 years old, they have trouble controlling their hands, as well as multi-tasking. So, learning to use fingers correctly, count, and learn letter names can be very frustrating. In ABPL Level 1A, children do not have to learn the names of the notes at first. They merely play the notes according to the numbers of their fingers. The notes go up or down the scale, but they are not on a staff. So, they learn fingering and counting, but not letter names for the first several weeks.
Level 1A also introduces C D E first and then F in the bass. This is better for the children because they often mistake B below middle C for D above middle C. They also mistake A for E, and G for F, and vice versa. B A and G in the bass clef (right below middle C) are not introduced until later in the series.
63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Not very strong beginner method Nov. 27 2011
By Karin - Published on
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While Alfred's has been popular for years and this book moves at a good pace for the young beginner, I stopped using it a number of years ago. I recently purchased another as I've been reviewing new and old piano methods as I continue teaching. There is far too much time spent in limited hand positions so that students learn to associate certain notes with certain fingers, there isn't enough time spent on musicianship, and the student doesn't learn to be comfortable with the entire keyboard, etc. Better methods are out there. For the young beginner, the Music Tree does a lot more for the student (it's on Amazon, here ), and for the slightly older beginner there are other methods. For 8 & up beginners, the Robert Pace books are much stronger. Amazon doesn't carry all of my favourite methods, but has these two.
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for a young student Jan. 31 2006
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I chose this book to teach a 6 year old new student. It's a wonderful book because it progresses slowly- each page introduces one new concept and has the child practise it in small steps. It is perfect because the child does not become overwhelmed. The illustrations are really nice too. And the print is big and spacious-looking. You can also get it with a CD that goes along with it for $1 more.

After ordering the Usborne book here and finding it crowded and confusing, I went to my local music store and picked this book out of all the beginning piano books. It's a really nice one.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Good Book for Young Beginners June 14 2006
By lammy07 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been using this book with young students [...] for the past 8 years. It moves at a comfortable pace and introduces good musical concepts. I definitely recommend the accompanying Theory Book to reinforce the concepts over the time between lessons. My students have had good results and advanced quickly with this as their start. I have been very happy with it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best Children's Piano Book March 5 2011
By A. Hartung - Published on
Format: Paperback
I teach piano and I ask my students to get this book along with the Theory and Recital books. I have found the Alfred series to be the best for teaching children piano. I like the use of interval training, and the songs are great- a mix of recognizable tunes with new ones that have fun/helpful lyrics.

Most teachers I know seem to prefer the Faber Piano Adventures books, but I find them overly conceptual and the sequence is illogical and difficult at times. The songs are also more boring than the Alfred ones. So if you were debating between the two, I most definitely recommend Alfred!