Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Halloween Piano Challenge: Don't Scare Me... Surprise Me!

Halloween Piano Challenge, Music Studio Halloween Activities

This month in my piano studio, I'm giving my students a challenge full of choices.  There are so many fun Halloween Themed Resources to use in piano lessons, but rather than just choose one for my students, this year I decided to let them select from a list of "tricks" to "treat" me with at their October music lessons.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Piano Festival Samples Elementary Level 1 & 2


Festival Samples for Elementary Level 

(Piano Adventures 1, Blue Hal Leonard 1,  NFMC PP) BassF-Treble G 
(Piano Adventures 1, Purple Hal Leonard 2, NFMC P1) Bass C- Treble G, sharps or flats, some hands together

Choose at least 6 pieces to listen to. Write the name of the piece, then click the link to hear it and answer the following questions on your Festival Samples Listening Assignment Sheet:

1. Write 2 or more words to describe the mood of this piece.
2. What is the tempo (speed) of this piece (Adagio, Andante, Allegro, Presto, etc.)?
3. What articulation do you hear in this piece (staccato, legato, accents, pedaling etc.)?
4. Choose your personal rating for this piece from the following: 
1- I have no interest in learning to play this.
2 - This piece is okay
3 - Nice, but not my favorite
4 - I would like to play this piece.
5. I would love to learn to play this.

MUSIC AVAILABLE IN MY LIBRARY

 Festival Music Samples Piano Lab Listening Free Printable

Slower/Expressive Level 1
The Leaf and the Bird  by June C. Montgomery - (Sheet Music)
Eternally Music by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
Waltzing Butterflies by Timothy Brown- (Composers in Focus: The Butterfly Garden)
Papillons by Timothy Brown- (Composers in Focus: The Butterfly Garden)
King of the Jungle by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)
Medieval Castle by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)

Faster/Exciting Level 1
Pterodactyls, Really Neat by Nancy Faber  - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
Zoom Zoom, Witch's Broom by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
A Rainbow is a Smile by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
Pony Express by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
A Particularly Pleasing Piano Piece by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
Squinchy-Pinchy Shoes by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
Irish Celebration by Wendy Stevens - (Sheet Music)
Dancing Drums by Joyce L Grill - (Sheet Music)
Magic Pony - (Sheet Music)
Taco Fiesta by Martha Mier - (Sheet Music)
Cookies by Carolyn Miller - (Sheet Music)


Slower/Expressive Level 2
Nothin' to Do Blues by Martha Mier (Sheet Music)
One Scary Night by Kim Williams - (Sheet Music)
Rainbow Song by Timothy Brown (Sheet Music)
Swingin' and Swayin' by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)
Bumblebee Blues by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)
Bullfrog Blues by by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Monster's Midnight March by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Colorful Sonatina: Dreamy Sky Blue by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Dance of Two Seahorses by Carl Czerny - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Mouses or Meese by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)

Faster/Exciting Level 2
Hello to the Drum by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
Roller Skate Ride by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
Chugging Choo-Choo by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance Primer)
The Run-Around Rag by Jason Sifford -(In Recital with Jazz, Blues and Rags Book 1)
Swingin' Cats by Christopher Goldston - (In Recital with Jazz, Blues and Rags Book 1)
Most of All I Like Rainbows by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Colorful Sonatina: Sunshine Yellow by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Colorful Sonatina: Happy Red by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Three Pirates by Nancy Faber - (Faber Gold Star Performance 1)
Please Stay, Chihuahua (DogGoneIt! by Tom Gerou)
March of the Monarchs by Timothy Brown- (Composers in Focus: The Butterfly Garden)
Dalmations! (DogGoneIt! by Tom Gerou)
Late to the Races (DogGoneIt! by Tom Gerou)
DogGoneIt! by Tom Gerou (DogGoneIt! by Tom Gerou)
The Butterfly Garden by Timothy Brown - (Composers in Focus: The Butterfly Garden)
Pretend by Timothy Brown- (Composers in Focus: The Butterfly Garden)
Flutter By by Timothy Brown- (Composers in Focus: The Butterfly Garden)
Mariposa by Timothy Brown- (Composers in Focus: The Butterfly Garden)
Charlie's Adventure by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)
The Hiccup Song by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)
Katie Cricket by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)
Bumblebee Blues by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk1)
Prima Sonatina by Kevin Olson


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Piano Festival Music Samples Late Elementary Level 3 Yellow

Piano Festival Piece Choices, Piano Festival Samples Late Elementary, heidispianonotes

Festival Samples for Late Elementary (Piano Adventures 2A/2B, Yellow Hal Leonard 3/ NFMC P2)

Choose at least 6 pieces to listen to. Write the name of the piece, then click the link to hear it and answer the following questions on your Festival Samples Listening Assignment Sheet:
1. Write 2 or more words to describe the mood of this piece.
2. What is the tempo (speed) of this piece (Adagio, Andante, Allegro, Presto, etc.)?
3. What articulation do you hear in this piece (staccato, legato, accents, pedaling etc.)?
4. Choose your personal rating for this piece from the following: 
1- I have no interest in learning to play this.
2 - This piece is okay
3 - Nice, but not my favorite
4 - I would like to play this piece.
5. I would love to learn to play this.

MODERN COMPOSERS

Slower/Expressive:
Ogg (The Caveman) by Edwin McLean
Hurricane Hannah by W.T Skye Garcia (A Pirate's Life) pedal
Romance by Heinrich Wohlfahrt
Northwest Passage - legato (Melody Bober Solos in Style)
Astronaut March by Nancy Faber (ChordTime:Ragtime and Marches2B)
Lakeside Dream (Melody Bober Solos in Style)
Make a Wish (Melody Bober Solos in Style)
Waltz in the Wind (Melody Bober Solos in Style)

Fast/Exciting: 
Taco Rock by Martha Mier (Best of Martha Mier Bk 2)
Frog on a Log by Martha Mier (Favorite Solos Bk 1)
Stomping Dance by Christopher Goldston (Fantastic Fingers Bk3)
The Acrobat by Carolyn Miller (Sheet Music)
A Pirate Jig by W.T. Skye Garcia (A Pirate's Life)
Pirate Gold by W.T. Skye Garcia (A Pirate's Life)
Traffic Jam Blues by Elizabeth Greenleaf  (FJH Federation Favorites Book 2)
Mischievous Monkeys by Elizabeth Greenleaf (FJH Federation Favorites Book 2)
Thundering Drums by Anita Brandon (FJH Federation Favorites Book 2) pedal
Whoop-de-do! (Sheet Music)
Punch and Judy by Eric Baumgartner (Sheet Music)
Prima Sonatina by Kevin Olson
Spooks in Step (Melody Bober Solos in Style)
Street Cat Strut (Melody Bober Solos in Style)
Siesta Song (Melody Bober Solos in Style)

JAZZY/RAGTIME

Awesome by Lee Evans (Color Me Jazz Bk1)
Un Poco Espanol by Lee Evans (Color Me Jazz Bk1)
Jazzy by Kevin Costley (FJH Federation Favorites Book 2)
Dalmation Rag by Nancy Faber (ChordTime:Ragtime and Marches2B)
Raincoat Rag by Nancy Faber (ChordTime:Ragtime and Marches2B)
Jam Session by Lee Evans (Color Me Jazz Bk1)

CLASSIC LITERATURE OR CLASSICAL STYLE

Bright Red by Jane Smisor Bastien 3 Movements (Sonatinas in Color)
Ancient Dance by Michael Praetorious - (Faber Prep Piano Lit)
The Hero's March by Moritz Vogel - (Faber Prep Piano Lit)
Melody by Ferdinand Beyer - (Faber Prep Piano Lit)
Circle Dance by Ferdinand Beyer - (Faber Prep Piano Lit)
Melodic Tune by Louis Kohler (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Andantino by Louis Kohler (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Waltz of the Young by Louis Kohler (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Dance by Cornelius Gurlitt  (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Brave Knight by Moritz Vogel (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Light and Dark by Dmitri Kabalevsky (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
A Little Porcupine by  Dmitri Kabalevsky (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Anyone Home by Cornelius Gurlitt  (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
A Little Dance by Dmitri Kabalevsky (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Russian Dance by Alexander Goedicke (Jane Magrath Masterwork Classics 1&2)
Little Waltz by Cornelius Gurlitt (Nancy Bachus Prep Classics)
Country Dance by Heinrich Wolhfahrt (Nancy Bachus Prep Classics)
Romance by Heinrich Wohlfahrt (Nancy Bachus Prep Classics)

Not in Library Yet:
Twister by Wendy Stevens
Mystery at Blackwater Creek by Martha Mier
Unicorn Ride by K. Polhamus
Medieval Pageant by Mary Hauber

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