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Q for the teachers re: Alfred's v. RCM Celebration Series #1287219
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Hi,

I'm actually a piano student, but I'm trying to figure out how the Alfred Basic Piano course corresponds to the Royal Conservatory of Music's Celebration Series.

If a student completed the 6th and final book of Alfred's, where would you have them start off in the RCM Celebration Series? Any extra skills or anything that the student might need to pick up before switching over?

Thanks!

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Re: Q for the teachers re: Alfred's v. RCM Celebration Series [Re: nicolakirwan] #1287234
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The Celebration Series isn't a method, it's just a repertoire anthology, so there's no direct correlation. But after Alfred level 6, I'd say that a student would probably fit somewhere around level 5 of Celebration.

Probably the biggest issue you'll run into is that the Celebration series includes a strong baroque and contemporary selection. Alfred's chordal approach lends itself more towards classical and romantic styles. I have seen situations where transfer students are prepared for Celebration 6 classical and romantic repertoire, but are back in Level 4 for the baroque and contemporary literature.


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Re: Q for the teachers re: Alfred's v. RCM Celebration Series [Re: Kreisler] #1287308
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Originally Posted by Kreisler
The Celebration Series isn't a method, it's just a repertoire anthology, so there's no direct correlation. But after Alfred level 6, I'd say that a student would probably fit somewhere around level 5 of Celebration.

Probably the biggest issue you'll run into is that the Celebration series includes a strong baroque and contemporary selection. Alfred's chordal approach lends itself more towards classical and romantic styles. I have seen situations where transfer students are prepared for Celebration 6 classical and romantic repertoire, but are back in Level 4 for the baroque and contemporary literature.


There are RCM Repetoire books, but there are also the studies albums, called "Celebration Perspectives." I was under the impression that the Perspectives series was a method series to be distinguished from the repetoire books. Is that correct?

Thanks for the heads up about the baroque v. classical & romantic issue. Now that you mention it, that does seem to be the case, which may be why my teacher supplemented the Alfred books in the past with some Bach pieces.

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Re: Q for the teachers re: Alfred's v. RCM Celebration Series [Re: nicolakirwan] #1287441
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The Celebration Series is the head name of the book series. Every 7 years they change the books, and Perspectives is the latest version. There is a Repertoire, Etudes/Studies, and Student Workbook for each level. The previous books were subtitled Piano Odyssey.


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Re: Q for the teachers re: Alfred's v. RCM Celebration Series [Re: Morodiene] #1287687
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Celebration Series is not a method in and of itself, but with the right direction from the teacher, it could be!


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