Alfred's Group Piano for Adults Student Book 1 (Second Edition): An Innovative Method Enhanced With Audio and Midi Files for Practice and Performance (Alfred's Group Piano for Adults)
The Second Edition of Alfred's Group Piano for Adults, Book 1, includes updates inspired by numerous recommendations from group piano teachers and students. This book includes a CD-ROM containing both Audio and General MIDI Files of the 500+ accompaniments included in the text, each with an interesting and engaging arrangement coupled with the piano part. Designed for collegiate non-keyboard music majors with little or no keyboard experience, the easy-to-use text contains 26 units, each intended to be covered in one week, thus fulfilling two semesters or three quarters of study. Theory, technique, sight-reading, repertoire, harmonization, improvisation and ensemble activities are taught thoroughly and consistently throughout the text. Book 1 is 360 pages.
The best class piano book I've seen
By Tugalo Arts Inc Hayner "Piano guy" - April 22, 2005
I have taught from this book this year and also used the first edition for several years. This is a good book with lots to recommend it to the teacher and student. The multiple-key approach dovetails very well with college theory courses. The instruction in lead sheet and figured bass harmonization is also excellent. Solo repertoire pieces have been thoughtfully integrated and offer the teacher and student plenty of choices. The only drawback I have found, from a teacher's perspective, is that the presentation of scales is, in my view, unsound. Stressing two octave scales and arpeggios at this level is much too advanced. It would be better to spread the presentation of scales out more (one per week after they are first introduced) and require only one octave. Of course, a good teacher can adapt the scale presentation, but with so many other excellent features, I think that the authors could easily address this (maybe in the next edition). Also, since this is used as a college... read more
The Best Book for Novice Pianists
By Celia A. Escalante - March 7, 2005
This is a very well arranged instructional book on piano. When I took my first year Classical Piano class with Maestro Ping-Cheng Wang, it was just our group, the pianos and this book. I learned so much and with a practacally dismal musical background. One of the authors of this book is a professor at the prestigious University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. I was able to do assemblies, preludes and boogies and play accelerando and staccato. This book helped me with my music theory classes, as well. The large sized book allows you to make notes and record assignments. My advice is to practice, practice, and practice. Especially, practice your scales.
I love this book!!!
By Karen Galfo - May 2, 2009
Although this book is designed as a semester (college level) course for a group, I use it as a supplement to my regular lesson book. The exercises are very short and give me a good sense of accomplishment at being able to play them straight through with little practice. However, I wouldn't classify this as just a beginner's book. It may start out easy, but it progresses very rapidly. It helped me a lot with my timing and gave me lots of practice with difficult key signatures. Almost all of the exercises offer opportunities for transposing and improvising. I found this very helpful in understanding and reinforcing music theory. Some of the exercises are designed for groups (like the forty-finger exercise), but I either skip over them or play each part separately. There are also quite a few duets that I can play with my teacher. The CD is a great bonus! I was able to download the files to my computer and burn all 14 audio CDs!! I definitely recommend this book to any beginner or... read more
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