2much2do, I still use Alfred for some students. I use it as a suppliment with PA after Level 1. Many good things are there. I like PA because it starts around middle C and some students just don't get along with starting with the left hand. A teacher just has to figure it out. I keep extra books on hand just in case we have to make a switch because I don't see having a student frustrated. I like some of the more advanced Alfred books but I l-o-v-e-Nancy Faber's pieces and would miss them. Now, I'm not telling you I really loved them at first but have great respect now.
Name dropping time---Gale K and E. L. Lancaster were both members of our local music association when I first joined about 11 years ago. They got married soon after I joined. I don't think they were with Alfred yet. I use to have lunch Gale after meetings and at festivals. (with a group) She never talked music at lunch. The last time I was with her she was dealing with a two year old.
I think they have another child now. That has been many moons ago and she wouldn't remember me. Anyway, she's nice.
Someone else said this - the method doesn't make the teacher. No one should have to defend the method(s) they choose to teach.
Please, if the spelling isn't good on this overlook it. I'm tired.