• Floating

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    Floating is an original contemporary piano solo for beginner pianists. Written in F lydian mode with continual pedal resonance and gentle, graceful lifts, this music feels just like floating up in the sky. This modal composition paints beautiful imagery and serves as a lovely beginner recital piece.

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  • Apples

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    “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” — how many sayings do you know about apples? And how often do kids hear these sayings and have no idea what they mean? This fun song includes a handful of popular “apple idioms” and the singer is just trying to make sense of what they mean! Written for late beginner piano, this playful melody has one-octave arpeggios in the melody and harmonic 2nds and 3rds in the accompaniment. It’s a great piece for fruit-lovers, idiom-lovers, and late beginner students of all ages.

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  • Autumn Wind

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    Like the mysterious autumn wind, this music whirls and gusts with rubato, sending the colorful fall leaves blowing through the air. It changes directions constantly as it modulates between minor, dorian, lydian, major, and various other keys and modes. Autumn Wind is a uniquely beautiful and expressive fall piano solo for late intermediate to early advanced piano.

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  • Trick-or-Treating

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    Trick-or-Treating captures the playful spirit of Halloween. Staccato passages feel like mischievous children in costume tiptoeing from house to house (will they play a trick or get a treat?!), followed by dramatic unisons, octaves, and full four-note chords that absolutely scream, “THIS IS HALLOWEEN!” This mid- to late intermediate Halloween piano solo is perfect for a Halloween recital piece or and will get everyone in the mood for something delightfully spooky!

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  • Groovin’ with the Grim Reaper

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    After a hard day’s work collecting dying souls, the Grim Reaper goes dancing to liven things up! This fast and fun groove has a repeating bass line featuring G minor blues and fast, swinging treble rhythms and chords. Groovin’ with the Grim Reaper is a lot of fun for late beginner/early intermediate students (especially during Halloween season) and makes a great choice for a jazz piano recital piece!

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  • Spellbound

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    “Come, listen closely to the secret I will tell about a sorceress who’s casting magic spells…”

    Enjoy this spellbinding witchy tale for beginner piano! Beginners will love the lyrics and learn to extend beyond 5-finger position with this bewitching melody that will make any listener fall under the sorceress’s spell.

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  • Skeleton Dance (Piano Solo Version)

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    Skeleton Dance is SO much fun to play! Heavy swing, syncopated rhythms, LH stride, grace notes, big chords — this is a definite favorite for a Halloween advanced piano solo. It’s a great showpiece for a Halloween piano recital.

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  • Cobwebs in the Sky

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    I came across this nursery rhyme one day and immediately knew it needed to be set to music. This original composition tells the story of the old woman sweeping the cobwebs up in the sky, with waltz chord patterns and a mysterious descending chromatic melody. Performs well as a recital piece for Halloween or any time of year.

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  • Sneaky Black Cat

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    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.

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  • Mister Pumpkinhead

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    The monster under the bed takes on a whole new concept with Mister Pumpkinhead, whose attempts to scare the little ones are met with offerings of friendship and candy. Beginner pianists will love hearing his story and playing his bouncy original song filled with repeating patterns and spooky-sounding minor thirds and seconds. This is a fantastic choice for a beginner performance piece at an autumn or Halloween piano recital.

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  • Diminished

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    With a calm start that increase in volume and speed, Diminished is an unusually fun beginner waltz. RH and LH take turns playing broken chords in minor and diminished forms, changing octaves and dynamics to add mystery. Beginner pianists will love the fortissimo finish that is “as fast as possible”! This is a great original composition to help students channel their Halloween excitement!

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  • Stormy Night

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    It was a dark and stormy night — lightning flashes, thunder crashes, pouring rain, pounding hail. Late beginner to early intermediate pianists will love how Stormy Night captures this moody, dark scene, perfect for Halloween music. In this original composition, RH takes on the role of the rain and hail while LH controls the thundering melody. Octave changes and harmonic intervals help with keyboard awareness and reading skills, while the quick tempo and dynamics develop musical expression.

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  • Moonlit Walk

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    Moonlit Walk is a somber beginner piece in C minor. It has moving melodic lines in both hands, played in turn so that the two hands are not moving simultaneously and so that beginners can focus their attention on the moving hand. It also has atypical hand positions (instead of both in C), all intervals are steps or skips (except one), and finger numbers are only included occasionally to help develop reading skills. Moonlit Walk is a contemporary beginner Halloween piece that is smooth, serious, and sad in tone.

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  • Time to Trick-or-Treat!

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    Kids look forward to going trick-or-treating every year. The costumes, candy, and spooky atmosphere are always a hit! Beginner pianists who are just getting used to on-staff reading will do well with this Halloweeny 5-finger stepwise melody. Each hand gets the chance to play individual melody lines. Finger numbers are included at the beginning of each line only to help students learn to recognize steps and when notes go up, down, or repeat on the staff.

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  • I Saw a Ship A-Sailing

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    Many wonderful nursery rhymes tell great stories, but most are eventually forgotten if they are never set to music. I’ve set this rhyme to a lovely little tune that rocks like a boat sailing gently across the sea. Set in 6/8 meter, the lilting melody and steady broken chord accompaniment call back to times when we would all dream of candies and goodies brought home from across the seas.

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  • Goin’ Campin’

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    If you’ve ever gone camping, it’s easy to recall the fun memories of playing in the lake, making s’mores, and setting up your tent together for a night under the stars. This early beginner piece is full of cheerful energy and is great for early beginners who are learning to play eighth notes and sharps. Some beginners may even want to swing the eighths like a campfire singalong.

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  • Rock Band!

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    Rock Band! will put you right in the mood for your next live rock concert! This original piece has a classic rock driving bass pattern (LH) and a simple RH melody, perfect for helping beginners master smaller intervals like skips/3rds and 4ths.

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  • Rapunzel, Rapunzel

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    Rapunzel, Rapunzel, please let down your hair! In this original piece for beginner piano, Rapunzel and her charming prince sing their fairy tale story, each taking turns with the melody. The Treble or Bass melodies are supported by accompanying primary chords in the opposite hand. This fairy tale number helps beginners develop familiarity with primary chords, melody lines that move beyond 5-finger position, and balancing dynamics between melody and accompaniment.

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  • Basketball Game

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    The thrill of the game isn’t only found at the basketball court. Sports fans who are also beginner pianists can dribble their way across the piano keys with this new original piece! Moving eighth note patterns, articulations, and cross-hand movement all depict the exciting experience of making your way across the court, blocking your opponents, and dribbling the ball back and forth with your teammates before setting up a perfect Alley-oop with just seconds left on the clock as the crowd cheers. Basketball terms are included to help the music come alive for musical athletes.

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  • Sailing the Seven Seas

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    Weigh anchor, me hearties! Set sail for the open sea! This original composition embodies the spirit of adventure, exploration, and of course, pirates! With a sailing 6/8 time signature reminiscent of old sea shanties and a melody that alternates between treble and bass, let’s hope you have your sea legs as this piece is sure to keep you on your toes. Sailing the Seven Seas is a catchy, lively piece that performs well at recitals and is especially written for early intermediate pianists who enjoy adventures and pirate music for piano.

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  • Beginnings

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    Beginnings is a contemporary piano piece that sounds like the hopeful start of a new life journey. Steady long tones in the bass and repeated moving patterns in the treble make it feel almost like a part of the soundtrack to life. While written for beginners, it has a heartfelt sound that gives it a musical depth that appeals to teens, tweens, and adults.

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  • A Minor Adagio

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    A Minor Adagio is a beginner level piece that is the epitome of adagio – slow, solemn, and expressive. It is comprised of chords with the highest chord tone carrying the melodic line. Each chord has only 3 keys played simultaneously between the 2 hands, and all the intervals are either 2nds or 3rds. Combined with the steady rhythm and pattern-based transitions, this piece is very approachable for beginner pianists, yet it does not feel or sound “simple”. The minor key and dynamics that range from pianississimo to forte encourage a mature depth of musical expression. A Minor Adagio is an excellent selection especially for those interested in learning to play classical music and traditional hymns.

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  • G-Rockin’ Blues

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    G-Rockin’ Blues kicks the 12-bar blues up a notch with a driving rock beat! Beginners love the energy of this original piece, which teaches pattern and interval recognition in a fun musical way.

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  • Basic Blues

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    The 12-bar blues chord progression is the foundation of many well-loved songs in pop culture. Basic Blues is based on this pattern and provides the perfect learning format for the discovery of jazz chords and how to improvise. With a steady walking bass line and treble chord guides where the right hand is free to improvise fun new swing rhythms, Basic Blues appeals to beginners of all ages.

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