This is a piano medley of South African folk songs “Singabahambayo” (We are marching for freedom) and “Siyahamba” (We are marching in the light of God). The LH carries the rhythmic pulse while the RH carries melody and harmony. Changing, syncopated rhythm patterns provide a rewarding challenge while celebrating the beauty of these South African melodies. A fantastic choice for a recital piece.
Accessible for smaller hands: The largest harmonic interval is a Major 6th (inverted chord triad).
This beautiful, simple American folk melody is delicately arranged here as a peaceful piano solo. Perfect for late beginner to early intermediate level pianists, it introduces the beauty of minor keys, broken chords, expressive dynamics, and playing in different octaves of the piano. This arrangement is a lovely choice for a graceful, flowy recital piece.
This old New Zealand sea ballad has recaptured the attention of modern audiences — and for good reason! Like many sailor songs and sea shanties, Wellerman has a memorable melody with interesting rhythms that perfectly fit a ship and crew sailing across the ocean waves. This arrangement for early to mid intermediate piano will suit students of any age.
A beautiful intermediate level arrangement of Carol of the Bells. Set in the popularly sung key of G minor, this arrangement uses ringing pedal, building LH patterns, complex dynamics, and rich chord harmonies and voices to produce a rewarding arrangement that even early to mid intermediate level pianists can enjoy. This arrangement is perfect for pianists of all ages and is a great choice for a holiday recital or performance.
This arrangement of Go Down Moses begins slowly and solemnly, then quickly ramps up into a fast boogie woogie swing that is an absolute blast to play. Experienced pianists will love the swinging rhythms, syncopation, exciting chord harmonies, and rapid blues scales in this performance showstopper.
Get ready to dance! This famous Italian tarantella is quite popular at weddings and has been arranged here for late beginner to early intermediate piano, with lots of staccatos, dynamic changes, and exciting transitions. This energetic piano solo is perfect for a performance setting–even a wedding!
This fun Portuguese folk song is light, bouncy, and playful. The lyrics are about a cockroach telling tall tales: in one verse, she claims she has a “velvet shoe”, but it’s just her hairy foot! This arrangement is a late beginner to early intermediate piano solo filled with staccatos, accents, crossovers, and a nice two-step feel for pianists who enjoy dancing across the keys. The silly, laughing lyrics (original Portuguese and English translation) are included on a separate page for your enjoyment. Great choice for a performance piece!
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.
American folk hero Casey Jones and his runaway train were immortalized in this famously fun folk tune by Eddie Newton. This intermediate piano solo was arranged for a student who wanted to learn a piece with glissando and tremolo — it’s filled with both, plus a handful of other fun finger tricks! This is a high energy piece ideal for an intermediate piano solo performance.
Li’l Liza Jane is a music standard that has been adapted in a variety of genres, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, and rock. This rendition for late beginner to early intermediate students is fast and lively! It may be played in a quick 4/4 meter or even an energetic cut time feel. Rests on the downbeats in the chorus light a fire under the fingers and make it feel like a dance number.
This beloved holiday carol “Carol of the Bells” is arranged here as a late intermediate to early advanced piano solo. The main 4-note motif is supported by a continually moving accompaniment that begins softly in 4/4 meter and transitions to 3/4 with increasing energy. You can hear the ringing bell tones throughout with changing octaves, crossovers, increasingly broader harmonies, chord modulations, and urgent rhythms that ultimately swell to a climax before returning to 4/4 meter once again for a softer, calming finish. Without question, the Ukrainian Bell Carol is a sure favorite for holiday performances and recitals.
This lovely Chinese melody based on the pentatonic scale is arranged here as an easy piano solo for the late beginner/early intermediate pianist. The damper pedal is held throughout so that the tones continue to resonate for a full, ringing sound. The arrangement encourages familiarity with piano geography as the hands travel back and forth. A great choice for a recital piece.