How Does The Basic Course Interact With The Prep Course
After a student completes Alfreds Basic Course, Level 1A, if the teacher feels the student would benefit from a slower approach, a smooth switch can be made to Alfred’s Prep Course, Level C.
- Find the Basic Course on the chart below, then move right toLevel 1A.
- Follow the dashed lines and arrows to see where a switch between the courses can easily be made.
- After completing Alfred’s Basic, Level 1A, a smooth switch can be made to Prep Course, Level C.
- After completeing Alfred’s Basic, Level 1B, a smooth switch can be made to Prep Course, Level E.
Outline Of Concepts In Lesson Book 1a
Introduction to Playing Students learn how to sit at the piano, how to hold their hands, and about finger numbers. They are introduced to the concept of loud and soft tones by using more or less weight on the keys.
Black Keys Black keys are used for keyboard orientation and finger number recognition, while still avoiding the association of any finger number with a specific key. Tunes are played on the black keys for basic rhythmic reading and development of fingers skills. Two basic dynamic signs are introduced: p and f. The student is introduced to quarter, half, and whole notes. Bar lines and measures are introduced.
White Keys Fluent recognition of white key names is taught through letter-notes that move up or down on the page as if they were on the staff. This visual concept helps prepare the student for staff notation. Tunes are played in Middle C position for skill development and rhythmic reading. 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures, dotted half notes, and a new dynamic marking are introduced.
Clefs and Staffs Students are introduced to the bass & treble clef, the bass & treble staff, and the grand staff.
Intervals, Slurs, and Ties Students are introduced to reading intervals in C position, using the hands alternately. Melodic & harmonic intervals are explained, and students practice 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths. Legato, slurs, tied notes, quarter rests, and whole rests are all introduced and practiced.
A Piano Course For Beginners
Core Books: Lesson, Theory, Recital, Technic
Supplementary Instructional Books: Composition, Ear Training, Flash Cards 1A & 1B, Notespeller, Sight-Reading
Supplementary Performance Books: Duet, Fun Solos, Hymn, Merry Christmas, Patriotic, Popular Hits, Praise Hits, Repertoire, Top Hits!, Top Hits! Christmas, Top Hits! Duet
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Beyond the musical education and piano lessons, students learn not only to love and play the music, but they also improve their self-esteem, self confidence and even their grades. A firm believer that every child and adult is musical by nature, Mrs. Cherem encourages and develops her students to their maximum potential, whether it be through individual beginner piano lessons or advanced piano studies, or in either individual or group music theory and solfegio classes. The curriculum includes learning to love and play music in the classical, romantic, baroque, modern and contemporary styles. Perhaps most important, Mrs. Cherem emphasizes proper technique and development of style from the very beginning.
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The Older Beginner Piano Course
- FATHER WE THANK THEE FOR THE NIGHT
- JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN
- JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM
- LITTLE DROPS OF WATER
- PRAISE HIM ALL YE LITTLE CHILDREN
- TELL ME THE STORIES OF JESUS
- COME THOU ALMIGHTY KING
- THIS IS MY FATHER’S WORLD
- COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
- LORD YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
- CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS
- FAIREST LORD JESUS
- FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH
- GLORIOUS THINGS OF THEE ARE SPOKEN
- GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
- GOD OF OUR FATHERS
- GOD THAT MADEST EARTH AND HEAVEN
- HOLY GOD WE PRAISE THY NAME
- I LOVE THY KINGDOM LORD
- IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST I GLORY
- I WOULD BE TRUE
- JESUS LOVER OF MY SOUL
- JESUS SHALL REIGN
- JESUS THE VERY THOUGHT OF THEE
- JOYFUL JOYFUL WE ADORE THEE
- LEAD ON O KING ETERNAL
- ALL GLORY LAUD AND HONOR
- LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND
- LOVE DIVINE ALL LOVES EXCELLING
- MORE LOVE TO THEE
- MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
- MY GOD HOW ENDLESS IS THY LOVE
- NEARER MY GOD TO THEE
- O MASTER LET ME WALK WITH THEE
- ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
- PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS
- ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME
- PRAISE TO THE LORD
- STAND UP STAND UP FOR JESUS
- TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE
- CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION
- KING OF LOVE MY SHEPHERD IS
- WE GATHER TOGETHER
- WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS
- MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD
- BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
- BEAUTIFUL ISLE OF SOMEWHERE
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What Makes Alfreds Basic Course Special
1. New musical terms are enlarged and highlighted in a blue box. The definition is simple, precise, and clear.
2. A colorful and witty illustration accompanies nearly every piece and is related to either the title or the lyrics. These illustrations are sure to bring a smile to the student’s face and fun to the lesson.
3. New musical symbols are identified in the music. First, the musical symbol is defined. Then there is an illustration that relates to the title or lyrics. Lastly, the new musical symbol is included in the piece.
4. The duet parts can be played by the teacher, a parent, or a more advanced student. Duet playing will help the student learn to keep a steady beat and to enjoy the fun of making music in an ensemble.