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Alfred Music

About Alfred Music
Alfred Music started in 1922 and has grown to be the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred Music produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level.  Alfred Music has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred Music currently has over 90,000 active titles representing a wide range of well-known publications including methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano

Product Reviews

(13 Reviews)
(13 Reviews)

    Love this kit!
    Jun 24, 2016

    The Alfred Kid’s Drum Starter Pack comes with 3 percussion instruments, a lesson book, and a CD. The instruments are a small hand drum with 2 mallets, a wood block with a mallet, and a set of maracas. I would call the sizes of these particular instruments “kid-sized” because they are much smaller the the originals. The instruments are high quality, though. The mallets seem strong and I expect they will last quite a while before they break. The drum seems sturdy. The wood block is a very nice thick piece of wood. The maracas are also wood (not plastic) and are thicker than some real maracas I had in the past which did break.

    The lesson book is paper back and has 47 pages. It’s for elementary aged students. I was quite impressed and inspired reading through the book! It starts out with a description of various types of drums, with photographs. But what’s really nice about the book is that you don’t need any percussion instruments at all in order to do the lessons and get started with learning to play drums. They encourage the kids to start with body percussion–clapping, patting, stomping, etc.

    I love how the lessons steadily get more challenging. In each lesson the students are learning something new in music reading or technique. For example, the first lesson teaches reading 4 quarter notes per measure. Soon, they add a quarter rest to beat four. In technique, the student starts with just using one sound source (as I mentioned above, that could be clapping, or it could be one of the instruments that came in the kit). Then, they learn to read percussion music written with 2 sound sources. Later lessons start teaching about syncopation and improvisation. I can’t wait to use some of these with my students next year!

    I haven’t even mentioned the CD yet. This makes the lessons that much more fun and interesting. There are 45 tracks on the CD. Each song starts with the beat (4 clicks for 4/4 time) and then plays the music accompaniment that the kids can play with. The lesson book tells which track on the CD to play for each lesson. Pretty soon the kids are playing along with real songs such as Yankee Doodle, Jingle Bells, and She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain.”

    (Disclosure: I received the Alfred Drum Starter Kit, as well as monetary compensation, in order to write this completely honest review.)

    Gena - Seller on Educents
    I highly recommend
    Jun 06, 2016

    This is an interesting and worthwhile book. I highly recommend it.

    Rosie - Teacher
    Yep, five stars
    May 01, 2016

    Uplifting, positive songs - what better way than to teach through song/music.?

    At home, in the car, we are all singing songs about good judgment, kindness, courage, and more.

    leslie - Parent
    Great Value
    Nov 27, 2015

    There isn't a better value out there. You get the book, CD, DVD, Software, beautiful 3/4 size electric guitar for kids, padded carrying case, amp, tuner with batteries included, guitar picks....EVERYTHING. Great Christmas present that I am excited to give my son!

    Kate - Parent, Seller on Educents
    I like the book
    Aug 25, 2015

    Before I purchased Music fun 101 I wanted to know more about music games and which ones to use in my teaching process.
    This book includes many interesting games for children and also adults.

    Joanna - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero

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