Comparative Study on the Piano Methods for Undergraduate’s Non-Piano Majors:

Alfred’s Basic Adult All-In-One and Faber’s Adult Piano Adventures All-In-One

  • Juwairiyah Zakaria Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Ahmad Munir Mahzair Universiti Teknologi MARA
Keywords: Piano method book, Group piano instruction, piano pedagogy


A comparative study was carried out on a selected two significant method books for undergraduate’s non-piano majors in the group piano instruction This method book chosen for this study as it is the most popular and commonly practiced in Malaysia, namely, 1) Alfred’s Adult All-In-One (2011) by Palmer, Monus and Lethco; and 2) Faber’s Adult Piano Adventures All-In-One (2002) by Faber and Faber. This paper highlights 1) the similarities and difference; and 2) the strength and weakness on each method books. The content analysis reveals that Alfred’s method provides more lesson as compared to Faber’s method.  In contrast, Faber offers more technique covered such as transposition, improvisation, and sight-reading exercise. Both methods covered equal theory lessons except Faber has additional topics on ear training, rules of stems, technical name (scale degree) and musical terms. Both methods are motivational, interesting, and are thoroughly concerned with the development of musical concepts. Alfred’s approach to the chord stronger than Faber. Faber’s, however, involves active fingers motion for both hands. Alfred is progress quickly and suitable for undergraduate non-piano majors as they possess musical background, knowledge, and skills. Faber method, on the other hand, contained more creativity activities and has a wide variety of music. In conclusion, the overall analysis also showed that the content focus tends to be on the piano fundamental and theory, with a noticeable lack of creative activities of piano ensemble and composition

Author Biography

Ahmad Munir Mahzair, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Ahmad Munir Mahzair, is a well-qualified musician, Munir holds a Diploma in Music
and a Bachelor in Music Performance from Universiti Teknologi MARA where he studied violin with
Radzali Mustaffa and Datuk Mustafa Fuzer Nawi. Throughout his studies, he participated actively with
the UiTM Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Symphony Orchestra and also lead the chamber group
for the 1st Malaysian Composers Concert Series under the baton of Dr. Tazul Izan Tajuddin. He then was
awarded the Young Lecturer Scholarship from UiTM and Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia where
he pursued his Master of Music Performance in USA under several renowned violin Professors such as
Stephen Miahky, Solomiya Ivakhiv and Dawn Wohn. Munir also has done several masterclasses and
tutoring such as Southeast Asia Music Education Exchange (Seamex) at Yogyakarta and Tentera Udara
Di-Raja Malaysia (TUDM) Strings Workshop just to name a few. He also has actively performed both
locally and internationally under various renowned conductors.


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How to Cite
Zakaria, J., & Mahzair, A. (2021). Comparative Study on the Piano Methods for Undergraduate’s Non-Piano Majors:. Proceeding of the International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 7(1), 65-76.