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Books, Products

Changing the Tune

Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival, 1978-1985

In 1978, jazz in our country largely remained a boys’ club. Two Kansas City women, Carol Comer and Dianne Gregg, challenged that inequitable standard.

Artistic Citizenship

Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis

Artistic Citizenship brings together the perspectives of artists, scholars, educators, policy-makers, and activists to investigate the system of values surrounding artistic-educational endeavors.

Superheroes of Music

Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music

In this book, written for children ages five to 10, author Lucy A. Warner presents 12 classical composers as superheroes.


Timeless: The Music of John Abercrombie

Brilliant jazz guitar innovator John Abercrombie is known among jazz musicians as a composer of compelling, well-crafted tunes.

Alfred’s Guitar Sessions

Alfred’s Guitar Sessions

The best way to learn to play a song on guitar is to watch someone else play it. Alfred’s Guitar Sessions series books center around detailed instructional video lessons that teach you how to play rock ’n’ roll’s greatest songs through step-by-step teaching.

Classics with a Touch of Jazz

Classics with a Touch of Jazz: 27 Beloved Masterpieces

Classics with a Touch of Jazz reflects Local 802 (New York City) member Lee Evans’ longstanding interest in keeping music students and teachers motivated through including jazz music and concepts within traditional classical piano lessons.

Joe Allard

Joe Allard: Lessons from the Master

Joe Allard is considered one of most influential and brilliant woodwind teachers that ever lived.

Cello, Bow, and You

Cello, Bow, and You: Putting It All Together

In Cello, Bow, and You, cellist, certified Alexander Technique teacher, and Local 802 (New York City) member Evangeline Benedetti has pioneered an approach to playing that is a synthesis of the cellist’s musical thought, knowledge of the dynamic properties of the instrument and bow, and ability to move effectively according to the mechanics of the human body and laws of gravity.

Sitting In Series by Alfred Music

Soloing is an important part of playing, but when you are practicing on your own it is difficult to get the creative juices flowing without a band.

Building Solo Lines

Building Solo Lines from cells for all instruments

This book provides a practical method for developing the ability to create convincing jazz solos in a wide variety of situations.