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Books in Use at the O'Connor Music Studio

Some books will be lent at no cost to students. Supplemental books (Technic, Fun, Recital, Duet, etc.) may be rented for as long as necessary for $1.00 each. Students may also borrow temporary use books such as Christmas, Festival and extra practice books at no extra charge.

If rented or loaned books are written in by the student or other family members, lost or damaged beyond future use, the student will be responsible for replacement.

In addition to the main "method book", several books to be written in must be purchased since they cannot be reused. These will help build the skills that the student carries away for a lifetime of music enjoyment.

When a student begins reading music on the staff, a FUNdamentals of Music book will be assigned. This helps with many aspects of music, including singing and playing other instruments.

The Practice and Progress Notebook has a great deal of valuable information in it. There is a practice agreement on page 4 which will help establish goals in your family. Please fill it out as soon as possible.
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Method Books

The method books used most frequently in the studio for new students are the Alfred Series, followed in popularity by the Bastien Book Series. Transfer students who are successful with any books may continue to use them when they study here.

If there are books, tapes or software you or your student would be interested in, please let me know. I often have copies in my studio.

Required books are indicated with a . Any others are for extra practice.

All information on the Alfred books, with the exception of Music for Little Mozarts, and Time Traveler's Guide to Music History was obtained from the Alfred Publishing Company.
The Mozart Mouse information came from the back of Music for Little Mozarts, Music Workbook, book 1. The Time Traveler's Guide to Music History information came from the back of Time Traveler's Guide to Music History, Book 1
Bastien information came from the back of the various books.

Alfred Books

Music for Little Mozarts Basic All-in-One Sacred Course Basic Adult Piano Course
Basic Prep Course Basic Jazz/Rock Course Adult Jazz/Rock Course
Basic Piano Library Piano Camp
Group Piano
Chord Approach

MIDI and Electronic Keyboards
Basic Electronic Keyboard Theory Games Software Music History

Music for Little Mozarts

Music for Little MozartsA piano course to bring out the music in every young child - ages 4 through 6

Join Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they learn about music. Follow their adventures from the Play Room and the Music Room to their Piano Lesson and the Recital Stage.

Music for Little Mozarts was written to provide appropriate piano instruction for four, five and six year olds. Singing and listening skills are developed simultaneously with an appreciation for a variety of musical styles. The materials in the course combine to create an exciting and imaginative atmosphere both in the lesson and at home.

Music for Little Mozarts contains:
  • Music Lesson Books 1, 2, 3
  • Music Workbooks 1, 2, 3
  • Music Discovery Books 1, 2, 3
  • Flash Cards 1, 2, 3
  • Starter kit: Tote bag, Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse Plush Animals, Music Activity Board
  • Compact Discs/General MIDI Disks
    • CD's 1, 2, 3
    • GM Disks 1, 2, 3

Alfred's Basic Prep Course

Instill a lifetime of excitment for playing the piano - ages 5 and up.

There is no better time to instill a lifetime of excitement for playing the piano than in the first formative years when young beginners start taking piano lessons. Alfred's Basic Prep Course contains enchanting music, charming coloring activities, short ear-training and theory lessons plus entertaining supplementary solos - all perfectly correlated page-by-page, enabling you to introduce music-making at the piano to young students in a warm and friendly manner.The Prep Course provides a well-balanced program that is designed with the specific needs of young beginners in mind. The tuneful and charming melodies and meaningful lyrics were chosen to please students age 5 and up, while taking into consideration their small hands and normal attention span.

The full-color and lovable character illustrations never over power the music; they thoughtfully enhance each lesson.

The Prep Course is a complete curriculum in six levels: Levels A, B, C, D, E and F, enough to cover about three years of study for the average student. The Theory Books, Activity & Ear Training Books, Solo Books, Sacred Solo Books, Christmas Joy! books plus the Flash Cards are all correlated page-by-page with the Lesson Books. The use of "overlapping concepts" provides ample preparation for each new musical principle introduced throughout each level.

Alfred's Basic Prep Course contains:
  • Lesson Books A, B, C, D, E, F (there are several times when a student who is ready may switch to the more difficult Alfred Basic Course)
  • Theory Books A, B, C, D, E, F
  • Activity & Ear Training Books A, B, C, D, E, F
  • Notespeller Books A, B, C, D, E, F
  • Solo Books A, B, C, D, E, F
  • Technic Books A, B, C, D, E, F
  • Sacred Solo Books B, C, D, E, F
  • Sheet Music Solos
  • Christmas Joy! A, B, C, D, E, F
  • General MIDI Disks
  • Supplementary Teaching Aids
  • Flash Cards A�B, C�F
  • Diplomas A�D

Alfred's Basic Piano Library

Magical moments -- for beginning piano students, age 7 and up.

Alfred's Basic Piano Library opens a wonderful world of excitement for piano students in their first years of study and continues the excitement through seven appealing levels: 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Alfred's Basic begins with colorful pages that are filled with cheerful illustrations and music that is always fun to play!

The delightful music in Alfred's Basic is not only entertaining to play, it provides students with a steady stream of new and interesting technical challenges. Its eclectic reading approach builds strong sight reading skills. Its carefully overlapped lesson sequences subtly guide students' progress in a smooth and consistent manner. When students continue using Alfred's Basic Piano Library through Level 6, they develop superior pianistic abilities, and play with tremendous sensitivity and musicality.

All supplemental books in Alfred's Basic Piano Library are correlated page-by-page with the Lesson Books!

The Theory Books are filled with a diverse selection of activities that reinforce every new musical idea presented in the Lesson Books. The Recital Books contain solos that are ideal for performance at recitals and family get-togethers.

The action-packed Technic Books provide reading and rhythm drills and develop coordination of the hands. The exercises are short and reinforce every new concept presented in the Lesson Books.

The Ear Training Books provide additional reinforcement through rhythmic, melodic and intervallic drills. Each page is designed to use approximately five minutes of the lesson time.

The Repertoire Books correlate standard classic repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras exactly with the Lesson Books. All selections are in their original form and are perfect for festivals.

Alfred's Basic Piano Library contains: Please note! Except for the writing books, the student may usually be able to borrow many of these books, thus saving the parents some money.
  • Lesson Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Theory Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Composition Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3
  • Ear Training Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Notespeller Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3
  • Musical Concepts Books 2, 3, 4
  • Technic Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4
  • Duet Books 1B, 2, 3, 4
  • Recital Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Fun Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3
  • Classic Themes 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Repertoire Books 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Sight Reading Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4
  • Fun with Modes
  • Elementary Musicianship Book
  • Intermediate Musicianship Book
  • Ensemble Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3
  • Folk Song Books 1B, 2, 3
  • Graduation Books 1A, 1B, 2
  • Hymn Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3
  • Merry Christmas! Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Merry Christmas! Ensemble Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3
  • Scale Books (First, Basic, Complete)
  • Sight Reading Unlimited
  • Sheet Music Solos 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Theory Through the Year 1A, 1B, 2
  • Flash Cards 1A�1B, 2�3
  • Theory Games Software 1A-2, 3-5
  • Keyboard Chart
  • General MIDI Disks
  • Cassette Tapes:
    • Lesson, Recital and Fun Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3
    • Duet Books 1B, 2, 3
    • Repertoire Books 2-3, 4-5
  • Compact Discs:
    • Lesson Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4
    • Ear Training Books 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4

Piano Camp, Sessions of Musical Activities

Piano Camp by June C. Montgomery

Introducing the Primer Level of the successful Piano Camp series. It is designed for students who have had no piano study. Having a piano camp for students before they begin lessons is an excellent way to give students a "head start" in learning some of the basic concepts taught in the first months of beginning lessons. The Primer Level book can be a tool for parents, teachers and students to evaluate the student's interest in music and to determine whether or not to continue lessons. This unique, exciting series provides all of the materials you will need to create piano camps for students in a variety of levels from early elementary to early intermediate. They include sections on "How to Schedule Piano Camps" and give a sample schedule for a typical two-hour session. Piano Camp, Book 1 reviews all of the concepts in Lesson Book, Level 1A of Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Book 2 reviews all of the concepts in Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Lesson Book, Level 1B. Book 3 reviews concepts in Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Lesson Book, Level 2, and Book 4 reviews concepts in Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Lesson Book, Level 3.

All books contain five 8-page units that include:
  • note reading, music reading
  • intervals
  • sight-reading
  • rhythm and note values
  • ear training
  • music symbols
  • terms
  • a composer page
  • development of music instruments (Primer Level)
Available in
  • NEW! Primer Level
  • Book 1, Early Elementary
  • Book 2, Elementary
  • Book 3, Late Elementary
  • Early Elementary

Group Piano Course

Piano Camp Providing a comprehensive musicianship curriculum for students studying in groups.

Alfred's Basic Group Piano Course was specifically developed for young students beginning study in a group, but also can be used with those who receive monthly group lessons in conjunction with private lessons. This course, which contains four books, is the first of its kind.

Each book is divided into units that present new concepts, and is colorfully illustrated with delightful characters. Each concept is reinforced with exercises in theory, composition, ear training, sight reading, solo repertoire, technique and more. The student needs only one book to study all of these areas.

The easy-to-teach learning sequence, stimulating music, and exciting group activities make learning enjoyable. Teachers love the flexibility that the course provides for lesson planning.

The Teacher's Handbook is an invaluable tool for planning lessons and charting students' development. It contains suggested lesson plans, assignments and teaching tips for each unit. The beginning pages include useful information on group teaching, followed by a curriculum easily adaptable to the particular needs of individual groups.

Compact discs and General MIDI disks complete with ear training exercises also are available to enrich the learning process. To further reinforce the concepts introduced in the course, Alfred has created the exciting board game, Musical Adventures.

Designed specifically for use with Alfred's Basic Group Piano Course, the game also may be used with other methods and by those studying instruments other than piano. Students learn about music theory, answer questions and identify concepts, while following an adventure trail through various mysterious lands.

Alfred's Chord Approach

Dazzling performances -- for students age 10 and up.

When young adolescents begin their journey into the world of music, they bring some very unique challenges along with them. They want to play music that's sparkling and fresh-sounding, with harmonies and arrangements that sound more advanced than they really are.

They also want to impress their families and friends, yet need to play music that is less physically demanding than most adult piano methods. Alfred's Basic Chord Approach provides a magnificient musical selection that will capture your students' youthful exuberance while providing a solid lesson structure.

The Chord Approach series is a highly-effective method of instruction in two levels that introduces chord playing faster than in the regular Alfred's Basic Piano Library series. Students begin playing triads in Level 1, rather than waiting until later levels. By combining an eclectic reading approach with chord playing, students are able to enjoy playing fuller and more involved pieces much faster.

Alfred's Basic Chord Approach Levels 1 and 2 include:
  • Lesson Book
  • Theory Book
  • Solo Book
  • Christmas Book
  • Duet Book
  • Technic Book
At the completion of Level 2, the student will be ready to go directly into Level 3 of Alfred's Basic Piano Library.

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course

Magnificent mastery -- for teenage and adult beginners.

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course is the most popular of all adult courses because it provides a wide variety of musical selections especially chosen to please adult students.

The Lesson Books teach chords for both hands so students can play more than single note melodies and contain such outstanding pieces as "The Entertainer," "Scarborough Fair," "Greensleeves" and "Amazing Grace." Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Books 1�3, thoroughly covers the circle of fifths, chord inversions, chord progressions, major and minor scales and much more!

The Theory Books reinforce every concept and principle introduced in the Lesson Books, and important tips are included that make learning chord progressions even easier!

The Pop Song Books contain well-known popular songs that are arranged in order of difficulty to provide technical advancement and a sense of accomplishment. The Finger Aerobics Book contains superb exercises that develop strength, flexibility and agility of each finger. In addition, there are Sacred Books, All-Time Favorites Books, Duet Books, Christmas Books, a Country Book, an Ear Training Book, a Notespeller Book, a Sight Reading book, Flash Cards and Computer Software for enjoyment and reinforcement.

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course contains: Extras:
  • Adult Piano Course for Windows
  • Compact Discs 1, 2
  • Cassette Tapes 1, 2
  • Flash Cards 1
  • General MIDI Disks

Alfred's Basic Jazz/Rock Course

Basic Jazz/Rock Course Exciting jazz styles -- for the young and the young at heart.

Alfred's Basic Jazz/Rock Course is ideal for students who are eager to play jazz and rock music. The Jazz/Rock Course may be used as a supplement to Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Levels 2, 3 and 4 or it may be used as an alternative course of instruction for older students who have advanced through Levels 3 or 4. The Adult Jazz/Rock Course is perfect for teens and adults, and correlates with Level 1 of Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course. No prior experience with improvising or teaching jazz and rock music is necessary!

In the Jazz/Rock Course, improvisation is introduced and structured in a way to make it possible for everyone to succeed. It is especially helpful to teachers who have had limited or no experience with improvising themselves. Carefully planned improvisation opportunities throughout the method give teachers and students guidelines on how to approach each concept. Additional improvisation and repertoire selections also are available in the correlated Improvisation and Performance Books. Stereo play-along cassette tapes and compact discs are available for all levels too. Students can hear each piece exactly as it should be played, with or without instrumental accompaniment. They will quickly hear how the rhythms and "feel" of jazz and rock styles differ.

Jazz/Rock Course by Bert Konowitz contains:
  • Lesson Books 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Performance Books 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Improvisation Books 1, 2, 3, 4
  • How to Play the Blues (Book 5)
  • Cassette Tapes:
    • Lesson 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Compact Discs:
    • Performance 1, 2, 3, 4
  • General MIDI Disks

Alfred's Adult Jazz/Rock Course

Spellbinding rhythms and sounds -- for students age 10 and up.

Alfred's Basic Adult Jazz/Rock Piano Course provides an easy way to learn jazz and rock styles. Use it as a supplement or alternative to Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level 1.
Alfred's Adult Jazz/Rock Course contains:

  • Lesson Book 1
  • Cassette Tape 1
  • Compact Disc 1

Alfred's Basic All-in-One Sacred Course

Combining the sound pedagogy and music of Alfred's Basic with Christian principles.

If you are a parent or teacher who wants to instill Christian values while teaching basic musicianship skills, Alfred has a special course just for you � Alfred's Basic All-in-One Sacred Course. Designed for young students beginning piano, this method integrates the sound pedagogy and music of the best-selling Alfred's Basic Piano Library Course with lyrics and illustrations emphasizing Christian principles.

Students following this course will learn about Christian ideals and Biblical lessons while receiving a comprehensive music education. Themes important to daily Christian living have been incorporated into the inspiring lyrics and full-color drawings in the books.

Each of the five books in the All-in-One Sacred Course combines lesson, theory and solo material. This means that students only need one book for their lessons. This also keeps costs down for parents, eliminating the need to purchase multiple books for each student.

In addition, teachers love the easy-to-teach format. Each concept is clearly demonstrated along with correlating music, theory and appropriate exercises.

To supplement the All-in-One Sacred Course, any of the books from the appropriate levels of Alfred's Basic Piano Library, such as Duet, Composition, Ear Training, Repertoire or Sight Reading, may be used.
Alfred's Basic All-in-One Sacred Course contains:

  • Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Book 3
  • Book 4
  • Book 5

Alfred's Basic Electronic Keyboard Course and Chord Approach to Electronic Keyboards

Books for hours of fun at your electronic keyboard!

When children or young adults are given electronic keyboards as gifts, or limited space requires that families purchase electronic instruments instead of acoustic pianos, they need instructional methods that are different from regular piano methods.

Alfred's Basic Electronic Keyboard Course and the Chord Approach to Electronic Keyboards, Books 1, 2 and 3 provide an effective way to teach students in a progressive and logical manner. The music is written within the limited keyboard range of small to medium-size electronic keyboards. Students learn intervals and chords just as in other Alfred's Basic methods and learn to use the special rhythm features that are standard on most electronic instruments. They also learn how to use other unique options such as the "single finger chord" keys.
Alfred's Basic Electronic Keyboard Courses contains:
  • Alfred's Basic Electronic Keyboard Course
  • Chord Approach to Electronic Keyboards 1, 2, 3
  • Teach Yourself to Play Electronic Keyboard

Alfred's Theory Games Software

Designed to bring entertainment and fun to learning piano theory.

Alfred's software brings an exciting dimension of computer-based interactive education to students of all ages. Correlating with Alfred's Basic Piano Library, these programs offer an effective way for students to reinforce musical concepts in an entertaining and motivating fashion.

Theory Games

Alfred's Theory Games Software is an innovative and fun way for piano students to learn important music theory concepts. Each game quizzes students on a different aspect of music theory, such as note names, intervals, musical terms and rhythms. Games are randomized so drills and activities are not repeated in the same sequence after repeated use. The record keeping feature allows the teacher to keep track of individual student scores. Available in Windows and Macintosh formats.

Adult Piano Course

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course for Windows is a comprehensive introductory piano course that uses a MIDI keyboard to help students quickly master piano fundamentals in an interactive environment. This unique software program takes a beginning student step-by-step through Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book 1 (can also be used with Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course) by providing instruction in sight reading, ear training, rhythm and music theory.
Alfred's Basic Piano Library Theory Games Software contains:

  • Levels 1A, 1B, 2
  • Levels 3, 4, 5
Interactive Accompaniment Disks
  • Alfred's Basic Prep Course
    • Lesson Books A � F
    • Solo Books A � F
  • Alfred's Basic Piano Library
    • Lesson 1A � 4
    • Recital 1A � 4
    • Technic 1A � 3
    • Fun 1A � 3
    • Hymn 1A � 3
    • Ear Training 1A�4
    • Ensemble 1A � 3
    • Merry Christmas! 1A � 2
    • Christmas Ensembles 1A � 3
  • Alfred's Basic All-in-One Course
    • Books 1 � 5
  • Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course
    • Lesson Books 1, 2
  • Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course
    • Lesson Books 1, 2
  • Alfred's Jazz/Rock Course
    • Performance Books 1 � 4
  • Alfred's Basic Prep Course
    • Lesson Books A � D
  • Alfred's Basic Piano Library
    • Lesson Books 1A � 3
  • Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course
    • Lesson Books 1, 2, 3
  • Alfred's Basic Prep Course
    • Lesson Books A � D
  • Alfred's Basic Piano Library
    • Lesson Books 1A & 1B
  • Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course
    • esson Books 1 � 3
  • Alfred's Basic Piano Library
    • Disks for Lesson, Recital, Technic, Fun and Hymn Books
    • Levels 1A � 4

Time Traveler's Guide to Music History, Books 1 and 2 with MIDI disks

Experience music's evolution through the melodies and stories of it's masters.
  • Each chapter contains informative text on a time period and repertoire from that period
  • Fascinating and fun "Did You Know?" anecdotes entertain while they teach
  • Colorful, animated cartoons and illustrations bring music history to life
  • Qith a general MIDI keyboard you can play each selection using an historically acurate instrument sound

Bastien Books

Piano Party Series Piano Basics Older Beginner Piano
Very Young Pianist Library Music Through the Piano Refresher Course
Piano for the Young Beginner Intermediate Bastien Organ Course

The Piano Party Series
is the method I usually use for preschool students who have never had lessons before. It has wonderful pictures, lots of review and coloring activities. Students begin by playing songs with black key groups all over the keyboard. By the end of the series, the child can read and play five finger melodies in all 12 keys.

Piano Party Series is available in 4 levels, each consisting of:
The Very Young Pianist Library
is the previous method - before The Piano Party Series. Several of the books are still excellent choices.

The Very Young Pianist Library is available in 3 levels, each consisting of:
Supplementary books for these younger children are:
  • Pre-Reading Christmas Carols
  • Pre-Reading Duets - 3 levels
  • Pre-Reading Solos
  • More Pre-Reading Solos
  • Solos for the Very Young Pianist, 2 levels.

Bastien Piano Basics, Piano for the Young Beginner
is for students age 5 and 6, and Primer A and B each include:
  • Piano for the Young Beginner
  • Theory and Technic

Bastien Piano Basics
is designed for students age 7 through 11. Levels Primer through 4 each include:
In addition to those basic books, the following are often used:
For extra practice, the following are sometimes used:
The Music Through the Piano Library
is the previous method - before Bastien Piano Basics. Several of the books are still excellent choices.

The Music Through the Piano Library is available in 6 levels, each consisting of:
Bastien Intermediate
is a comprehensive, organized program of study for a student who has completed any elementary piano course. 3 levels.
  • Repertoire introduces the student to many factors of each style period.
  • Theory contains written and playing material to coordinate with the Repertoire
  • Technic
  • Multi-key Solos
Bastien Older Beginner Piano Library
is for teens on up. 2 levels.
  • The Older Beginner Piano Course. Students play and harmonize melodies from the very beginning.
  • Musicianship for the Older Beginner (Theory/Technic/Sight Reading)
  • Favorite Melodies the World Over
    Supplementary Books
    • Classic Themes by the Masters
    • Religious Favorites
    • Easy Piano Classics
    • Solo Repertoire
The Refresher Course
is called "Piano: Second Time Around" This book offers tests to determine a good starting point and several review sections.
Bastien Older Beginner Organ Course
is for teens on up. 2 levels.
  • The Older Beginner Organ Course. A progessive, functional approach that introduces chords in all keys blended with contemporary rock, pop and blues sounds.
  • Musicianship for the Older Beginner Organist (Theory/Technic/Sight Reading)
  • Pedal Skills
    Supplementary Books
    • Great Christmas Carols
    • Great Classic Themes
    • Great Hymns

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