By Sandy Feldstein and Dave Black

The Most Comprehensive
Beginning Snare Drum Method Ever!

Alfred's Drum Method, Books 1 and 2 are the ideal teaching tools to help prepare beginning players for all styles of snare drum and percussion performance. Book 1 contains 80 pages of sequential instruction covering rudimental studies, roll studies, contest solos, and bass drum and cymbal technique. Book 1 also includes 23 solos suitable for recitals and contests. Book 2 is much more than just a snare drum method! It continues the learning process by covering additional rudimental studies, tonal properties of the snare drum, theme and variations, musical forms, solos and duets. Book 2 also covers traditional rudimental style, corps style (by Jay Wanamaker), orchestral style, accessory instruments, and multiple-percussion techniques. The DVD includes demonstrations of all the rudiments and accessory instruments, plus solo performances by the authors.


On August 30, 2007, Dr. Sandy Feldstein, percussionist, composer, arranger, author, teacher and innovative publishing executive, loving husband and father died following a long illness at his home in Tarzana, California. He was 66.
Born Saul Feldstein in Brooklyn, NY in 1940 and known as Sandy to his legion of family and friends, he was a man of boundless energy, enthusiasm and zest for life. Sandy was a visionary leader who impacted millions of musicians around the world through his over 700 compositions and books. He helped to shape the music publishing business into what it is today.

As president of his own company, PlayinTime Productions, Inc., Sandy combined a wealth of knowledge and success in both the business and music aspects of music publishing and music education.

Sandy maintained over 30 years of publishing experience as an industry executive having been the executive Vice President of Alfred Publishing, the President / CEO of Columbia Pictures Publications and Belwin Music Inc., the President / CEO of Warner Bros. Publications and the President / CEO of Carl Fischer Music before devoting his full time to his own company, PlayinTime Productions Inc. He was actively involved in the music industry as past president of the Music Industry Council, the Percussive Arts Society and the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers. He was on the board of Music for All, the American Music Conference, the International Foundation for Music Research and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. He was also active in the International Music Products Association (NAMM), the Music Achievement Council and the NAfME Foundation. Sandy was very involved with NARAS, the Grammy organization. His roles with NARAS included being a Trustee, a Governor and Chair of the NARAS (Grammy) Educational Committee. He has worked closely with music industry giants including Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Carlos Santana, Dave Weckl, and countless others. Dr. Feldstein has been bestowed numerous awards, but his most meaningful was being inducted into the Percussive Arts Society's Hall of Fame in 2005.

ASCAP recognized his excellence by granting him an ASCAP Standard Award for Composition every year since 1964. Among his numerous commissions, Sandy was most proud of being selected to compose the theme song for the Music Educators National Conference sesquicentennial celebration. The composition "America Takes Note!" was performed by thousands of school children during the years 1987 - 1988. While his professional achievements are immeasurable, his love, generosity, and commitment to his family were always his top priorities. Sandy is survived by his wife, Wendy, his son David, his daughter Tracy, daughter-in-law Wendy and his brother Barry.


Percussionist/composer Dave Black received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from California State University, Northridge. While at Northridge, he studied with notable teachers and performers such as Louie Bellson, Joel Leach, Ed Shaughnessy, Steve Schaeffer, Jerry Steinholtz and the late Nick Ceroli. He has traveled around the world with a variety of entertainers and shows, performing and recording with such artists as Alan King, Robert Merrill, June Allyson, Anita O'Day, Pete Jolly, Frankie Capp, Gordon Brisker, Kim Richmond, Victor Lewis, Jerry Hey and Steve Huffsteter.

A prolific composer and arranger, more than 60 of his compositions and arrangements have been published by Alfred Music Publishing, Barnhouse, CPP/Belwin, TRN, Highland/Etling and Warner Brothers, and many of them have been recorded. Mr. Black has written with, and for the bands of Louie Bellson, Sammy Nestico, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Ed Shaughnessy, Gordon Brisker and the C.S.U., Northridge Jazz Ensemble. He has been the recipient of many awards and commissions, including 21 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards (for his contributions to the symphonic and concert repertoires) and two Grammy participation/nomination certificates – one for his performance contribution on Anita O'Day's Grammy-nominated album In a Mellow Tone, and the other for his contribution as album-track composer on Louie Bellson's Grammy-nominated album Airmail Special. In addition, many of his compositions have been used as source/background music on numerous TV shows including All My Children, Coach, The Drew Carey Show, General Hospital, Ellen, Grace Under Fire, Nightline, Roseanne and Good Morning America.

Mr. Black is the co-author of several best-selling books published by Alfred Music Publishing Company: Alfred's Drum Method, Books 1 & 2 (the world's current best seller); Alfred's Beginning Drumset Method; Contemporary Brush Techniques; Drumset 101; Alfred’s Kid’s Drum Course, Books 1 & 2; Living Praise; Cymbals: A Crash Course; A Jazz Diary (chosen for the 1998-2000 National Federation of Music Club's Junior Festival Bulletin); Drumset Independence & Syncopation; The Essential Dictionary of Orchestration; and Sound Innovations for Concert Band. His books and music are used and performed by tens of thousands of young people all over the world. He has also written countless articles, book reviews and concert reviews for prominent magazines such as Down Beat, The Instrumentalist, Modern Drummer, Modern Percussionist, Drums and Drumming, Drum Tracks, Grammy Pulse, Jazz Educators Journal and Music Connection-in addition to being a featured subject in many of them.

As an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Mr. Black served on the National Board of Directors for six years, was a member of the Sustaining Members Advisory Council, and was selected to host/chair the 1991 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Anaheim, California. He presently serves as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, School & Church Publications, for Alfred Music Publishing Company.