Many beginner pianists are frustrated by too-challenging arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This desperately needed authentic beginner piano arrangement captures the essence of this Nutcracker piece with single-note RH melody accompanied by carefully chosen LH harmonies. Perfect for Christmas and for ballet- and classical-loving beginners, this arrangement helps develop strong note reading (especially smaller intervals and accidentals), staccato playing, lifts, and hand movement.
The Single User License has most of the melody written near the top of the Treble Staff. (First 2 page previews.)
The Studio License comes with 2 versions:
Single User Licensed version
A second copy with the melody written one octave lower near Middle C, with 8va lines, for the benefit of students who are more familiar with reading this note range. (See final page preview marked “8va”.) Both versions sound the same when played.
The beautiful English folk melody “Greensleeves” was immortalized as a Christmas carol by William Chatterton Dix. This arrangement for late intermediate to early advanced piano features a somber sound supported by more minor chords than are commonly used with this melody. The arrangement begins simply and grows in complexity; at its climax, rolled chords and rich harmonies are supported by moving LH arpeggios that eventually transition back to the simpler style of the beginning. It is perfect for a holiday church service or Christmas performance.
Any cat lover will have a blast playing this late beginner original composition. Sneaky Black Cat exhibits very cat-like behavior, with unexpected trills, dynamic changes, staccatos, accents, and more. It really feels like a cat walking and pouncing along the piano keys. Sneaky Black Cat is a great beginner piano piece for Halloween or any time of year.
At the clang of a mysterious ringing bell, spooky spectres slowly rise from the ground… Before long, the tones of their ghoulish delight can be heard in cacophonous chords and swinging staccato singsong, which gradually compounds and accelerates to supernatural speeds until, with a final clang, the bell calls the spectres back to their resting places.
Spooky Spectres is a delightful Halloween piece that explores a wide range of musicality for the intermediate pianist, including meter changes, tempo changes, LH melody, precise articulations, and more. It combines the best of a full, advanced musical sound with the spooky fun of the Halloween season. A real crowd pleaser, Spooky Spectres is a great piece to perform, teach, and play just for fun!
While not originally associated with Christmas, “What Child Is This?” and many other holiday carols are set to this English folk melody. The beautiful, lilting tune is arranged here with a simple, single-note bass line accompaniment. Greensleeves lends itself well to teaching a new pianist about dotted quarter note rhythms and minor melodies.
By the soft light of a moonlit night, a melancholy strain resonates through a quiet cemetery as a lonely soul caresses the black and white keys. This technical composition is filled with broken chords led primarily by the Left Hand with cross-staff slurs for a more fluid movement.
This flowing arrangement embraces the medieval sound of this Christmas carol while adding modern elements. The accompaniment feels like traveling on camelback across the desert sands, while the melody builds from a single note strain into grand, ascending chords that reflect the majesty of the three kings bearing gifts to the Christ child.