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 Announcement, Alfred's Back to School 2020 Publications

Welcome to our selection of a range of publications from Alfred’s 2020 Back to School catalogue! Packed with exciting new titles from Alfred, Piano Safari and Poco Studios, all-time classics and educational must-haves, as well as COVID-proof self-teaching methods.

New and Bestselling Piano

Musicianship for beginners and beyond! Listening, internalisation, and musical understanding are encouraged from the very earliest stages in this colourful, attractive, and comprehensive series. Full of progressive and engaging activities that develop a secure and wide-ranging foundation, Off We Go! starts piano students on the path to being truly ready to play.

Book two Ready to Play: Moving Up! available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Learn to Sight Read helps pianists to make better sense of notation and sight read more fluently and musically using free QR technology to listen, look and learn. Each book in the series offers one hundred enjoyable pieces, a range of keys appropriate to the grade, a wide variety of musical styles and characters, and the rhythm patterns, time signatures and note ranges to be found in pianos exams at that grade.

Learn to Sight Read volumes 1-4 available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Equally colourful and pragmatic introduction to piano lessons for the young beginner including stickers and characters to bring the adventure of music to life. Books 1-4 take a young student to grade 1 standard and correlates with the Music Theory for Young Children.

Poco Piano for Young Children books 1-4 available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Alfred's Premier Piano Express repertoire books include motivational music in a variety of styles. Designed to reinforce concepts introduced in the correlated Method Books, the music can also be used as supplementary repertoire for any method.

Browse the full series here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Alfred's Basic Graded Piano Course was written in response to many requests from teachers for an Alfred Course that will enable students to pass the graded exams that are so much a part of the learning experience throughout the world. It uses the Lesson book to introduce sight-reading and technique as well as preparation for the exam pieces. It uses the correlated Theory book to prepare for the Theory exam at the same time.

All six lesson and theory books are available here.

Available Format: Sheet Music

In Museum Masterpieces, composer Catherine Rollin has created musical expressions of some of the great works of art found in museums throughout the world. The paintings that inspired these pieces are beautifully displayed on a four-page colour insert at the center of the book, along with historical notes about each painting.

Browse the Museum Masterpieces series here

Available Format: Sheet Music

The word toccata comes from the Italian word toccare (to touch). Such virtuosic pieces for the keyboard typically display the performer's technique. Each piece in this collection provides an opportunity to demonstrate dexterity combined with musicality, characterization, and a genuine command of the instrument. These flashy, exciting toccatas will let students shine in recitals, competitions, and festivals.

Book Two also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Composers first began writing character pieces in the Romantic period as a personal, inward-looking form of musical expression, on a smaller scale than sonatas of the Classical period. These new character pieces emulate this important art form and are carefully graded for students at the late intermediate to early advanced level. Some are bold in character, while others are lyrical and introspective. These moods are suggested by each title.

Volume 1-3 also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

The Key to Scales and Arpeggios in three volumes: discover the simultaneous finger patterns that make playing scales hands together effortless. Each scale is illustrated graphically and with music notation so non-readers can acquire the same level of musicianship.

Books 1-3 also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

This publication contains 24 eight-bar pieces designed for practicing all major and minor pentascales. They are written in different metres and styles with the intention of covering as wide a variety of piano textures as possible. The simplicity of the composition structure allows each piece to easily be transposed to other keys. Activity Cards are included for drilling, games, and reinforcement.

Available Format: Sheet Music

A Royal Birthday Celebration introduces the flavours of Baroque dances, with a contemporary twist for the 21st century, to the taste buds of advancing pianists. These dances contain many technical and musical elements common to the standard Baroque dances of Bach, Handel, and Telemann.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Self-Teaching Methods

Over the past 45 years, more guitar teachers have used Alfred's Basic Guitar Course than any other course, over three million copies sold, in fact. Now this best-selling course has been adapted for young adults who want to teach themselves.

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD/DVD

Based on the world's best-selling basic ukulele method! Using the same music and fundamentals taught in Alfred's Basic Ukulele Method, easy and user-friendly Study Guide pages have been added to help you easily understand how to play. The Study Guide pages are almost like having a ukulele teacher sitting beside you as you learn the skills needed to perform popular and familiar music.

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD/DVD

This method for self-learners teaches everything you need to play from the popular TAB guitar folios of your favorite bands. Includes chords, scales and licks for acoustic or electric guitar, a variety of styles including rock, blues, jazz & folk, and tablature and standard music notation, photos, and diagrams to help you grasp every concept

Browse other titles in the Teach Yourself to Play series here

Available Format: Sheet Music

If you don’t have access to your drums regularly, travel a lot, or have neighbors with sensitive ears, you will already have a 'Practice Pad'. But practicing without a drum kit is special! To keep your hands agile and dive deeper into effective methods that really improve your pad technique, Anika Nilles‘ Pad Book is just the thing!

Available Format: Sheet Music

Instrumental

The International Suzuki Association, in conjunction with Alfred Music, is pleased to announce the highly anticipated recordings of Suzuki Violin, Volumes 1–3 by internationally renowned violinist, Hilary Hahn, in collaboration with pianist Natalie Zhu. These are recordings that students, parents, and teachers will enjoy listening to for years to come. The recordings feature listening tracks that include violin and piano, as well as piano accompaniment only tracks for play-along purposes.

All volumes available here.

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Soprano Recorder Method for Classroom or Individual Use

Recorder Express provides the track to becoming a great recorder player and having fun! More than 120 folk, pop, and original songs and exercises are included, as well as technique tips and beginning music theory. Levels one and two are covered in this one edition.

Browse the Recorder Express series here

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

This series offers a versatile selection of hit movie and TV music. Each book contains carefully edited arrangements appropriate to each instrument. The CD includes a fully orchestrated demo track of each song, which features a live instrumental solo performance, followed by a play-along track.

Also available for clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, and trumpet.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Violin and CD

A selection of the world's most captivating melodies ideally arranged for beginning students so they can feel the pleasure of performing these masterpieces at the earliest opportunity.

Also available for clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, and trumpet.

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

This series covers the latest revisions outlined by the ABRSM for their theory examinations. It uses effecive and efficient drills and exercises, making success a formality. Now all grades are completely revised to include additional revision pages and a 'mock' exam so success can be guaranteed.

Browse the Poco Studio Music Theory for Young Children and Music Theory for Young Musicians here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Jazz Education

The Alfred Jazz Easy Play-Along series goes beyond the other play-alongs. Each volume has parts for C, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef instruments and includes a sample jazz solo written out for you to listen to, play, and practice. Specific improvisation tips and suggestions are included. There is also a matching book for rhythm section featuring piano, bass and drum parts.

Browse the series here

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Go beyond the typical play-along with Alfred’s Jazz Play-Along series, an innovative approach to teaching improvisation. Each volume contains parts for C, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef instruments and includes a sample written-out jazz solo for you to listen to, study, and play.

Browse the series here

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Soloing is an important part of your playing, but practicing on your own doesn’t always get the creative juices flowing, there is nothing like the experience of sitting in with a full band. Though playing with a group isn’t possible every time you want to jam, the Sittin' In series brings the band to you anytime so you can practice comping patterns and soloing with the same energy as playing live.

Browse the Sittin' In series here

Available Format: Sheet Music/DVD-ROM

Singing in Schools

Toddlers and young children love to sing and dance classic nursery rhymes and songs. This activity strengthens bonds with family, encourages brain development and musicality, and most importantly, it's fun! This beautiful keepsake collection of over one-hundred classic nursery rhymes, playground songs, activity tunes, and memory rhymes ensures that all those bases are covered for parents, teachers, and their kids. Carefully arranged for piano to play and sing with toddlers and young children, each song also includes guitar and ukulele chords for easy strum-and-sing performance.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Inside Music - Early Years has been specially adapted and revised to meet the needs of the contemporary classroom whilst retaining the essential tenet of the Voices Foundation philosophy. Split into flexible units which can be mixed and matched according to focus and necessity, with additional advice on lesson planning, useful games, and structure, Early Years provides a firm foundation for the development of innate musical understanding through the voice.

Browse the The Voices Foundation: Inside Music series here

Available Format: Book

Enjoyment for Pianists, Singers, and Audiences

Take your performances of rounds to a new level: as satisfying, characterful concert items. Old and new, they are provided with piano accompaniments for unison and part singing, introductions, and endings. Graded in difficulty from ‘Row, Row’ to ‘Summer Is A-Coming In’, there is something for everyone.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Nancy Litten's Choral and Vocal Warm-Ups for Pianists provides the perfect accompaniment for a whole range of warm-ups she herself uses regularly with choirs. This invaluable guide leads the Choral Director step-by-step through the various stages of the warm-up and provides a suitable keyboard accompaniment.

Choral and Vocal Sight-Singing by Nancy Litten also available.

Available Format: Sheet Music

For Choirs and Vocal Groups

Does this sound familiar? “I’m bored with the warm-ups. We always sing the same exercises.” Yes, many singers regard warm-ups as a monotonous requirement, a trivial exercise, or an unnecessary delay before the actual rehearsal starts. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Reinvent your routine with this innovative approach that leads the way to more meaningful and diversified warmups.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Educational Books

A useful collection of definitions, composers and theory. This pocket-sized reference book includes a broad range of important information, from basic principles of theory and concise biographies of composers to pronunciations of foreign terms and ranges of instruments and voices. This easy-to-use volume covers every major aspect of music.

Browse the Alfred Essential Dictionaries here

Available Format: Book

Written by an attorney with over thirty years of experience in the music industry, Music Publishing: The Complete Guide is the definitive manual on music copyright. Whereas many books on the subject are aimed at artists and songwriters, this book serves as a guide for industry pros, lawyers, and music business and law students. Subjects covered include performing rights organizations, print licensing, legal agreements, sampling, emerging revenue streams in the digital age, and much more. Updated second edition covers digital royalties and changes in the law, including the Music Modernization Act.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Posters, Flashcards, and Other Educational Tools

24 Poster Set

These adorable 9" x 12" cardstock posters are more than just a delightful decoration, they are also a fabulous teaching tool! Playful illustrations depict music signs and symbols, while concise definitions clearly explain each term. A tiny mouse represents pianissimo, a lion roars for fortissimo, a snail is largo, and a hammer shows marcato. Dynamics, articulations, tempo headings, clefs, accidentals, and more. Educational and entertaining!

Available Format: Poster

For all beginning music students. Includes all notes, symbols and terms needed for the first two years of study on any musical instrument. Cards are color-coded by category and are numbered on the back.

Available Format: Sheet Music

This exciting flash card set includes sixty note naming cards, containing ninety-six notes and rests in the alto, treble and bass clefs. It is organized into four progressive sets and may be used with any beginning music theory course.

Key Signature and Rhythm Pattern cards also available here

Available Format: Sheet Music

Experience dynamite results learning key signatures with Alfred's Key Signature Teacher. This excellent teaching aid provides an interactive way to learn the order of sharps and flats, all major and relative minor key signatures, and much more!

Scale Teacher and Note Teacher also available here, alongside Key Signature Teacher in other colours.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Alfred's Music Playing Cards are an exciting and innovative resource to help students become familiar with musical information. These are real playing cards divided into four suits, each representing a different aspect of music within the particular subject area.

Browse the series here

Available Format: Book

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