Many 40 Piece Challenge teachers have reported assigning duets as challenge pieces.
Here is a brand new collection definitely worth considering!
Double Agent Duets
The spy themes in this collection are among the most recognisable melodies in popular music. They range from the surf-rock coolness of the ‘James Bond Theme’ to the sly swing of ‘The Pink Panther,’ from the exhilarating urgency of the ‘Mission: Impossible Theme’ to the funky grooves of ‘Soul Bossa Nova’ from the Austin Powers movies.
The pieces in this collection are around a Grade 3 to 4 level. The collection is Australian RRP $17.95 and available from all great print music stores.
Certificates for the 40 Piece Challenge are now available to download.
Click here to download either colour or black and white versions of the certificates.
This year, due to popular demand, we have created certificates for students who achieve 20, 30, 40, 50, 80 and 100 pieces of the challenge. Instrumental certificates will be available soon.
Challenge teacher Rebecca has involved her local community in helping to support and motivate her 40 Piece Challenge students.
Rebecca uses the excellent Coffee Card idea and places a sticker on the students card for each piece learned.
When her students finish 10 pieces they can redeem a free hot-chocolate or ice-cream at her local café. The café provides this free of charge (wow!!!) and it allows the student a chance to celebrate their achievement with their parents.
I wonder how could you could involve other local businesses in your studio 40 Piece Challenge?
Some other little reward ideas to help motivate students along the way…
Lip Balm Treble Clef: VWS012 Keyboard: VWS014
And something for your adult students!
Issue 5 of The Piano Teacher magazine is due out next month and we are very excited to be launching a whole new look! Sneek peek below!
We are also thrilled to be launching International Piano Week!
Melbourne composer, Sonny Chua has written a piece he describes as a ‘musical smile’ especially for The Piano Teacher magazine.
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We are encouraging all piano teachers to have their students perform it during lessons in International Piano Week – September 1-7th 2014
The piece is called Umi’s Lullaby and there are so many ways you can use the piece.
- Play it as a duet with beginner students
- Use it as sight reading for older students
- Include it as one of the 40 Piece Challenge pieces
- Encourage students to improvise with it
- Write a variation or arrangement and add other instruments
- Add words or write a story or performance notes about the piece. Answer the question: Who is Umi?
We encourage students to upload their performances to Youtube and include International Piano Week Umi in the title. Then tweet about the performance using #IPWUmi.
Students might like to perform it at a school assembly or in a concert for family or friends.
Music stores might invite students in to perform Umi’s Lullaby on display pianos.
Teachers might contact a local newspaper or radio and give an interview about how your studio is participating in International Piano Week; write a blog about their experience preparing for IPW or upload outstanding or unusual student performances to http://www.facebook.com/AustralianPianoTeachersMusicHUB
The possibilities are endless!
We will collate a tally of performances heard and report back in Issue 6 of The Piano Teacher magazine.
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The Piano Teacher magazines:
Piano Teacher Christina, from Rockhampton sent through a photo of her 40 Piece Challenge wall with this message:
“I wanted to share with you the bit of fun I’m having with my students at the school I teach at.
Our room has 2 walls carpeted for acoustics, so I thought I’d use this to my advantage and design this playing board for the students.
Each student has been given a little character to decorate which is their playing piece for the year.
I have some very creative students!
We are very excited about the challenge and I have some keen beginners who have already moved up the board.”
Thanks, Christina. We look forward to seeing how your students progress.
Philip Sparke’s pieces for brass and woodwind instruments have appeared in syllabuses of examination boards around the world. His new collection, 15 Easy Classical Solos, features arrangements for instrumentalists who can play just over an octave making them ideal for young 40 Piece Challenge students.
The principle behind this series is to allow young instrumentalists the chance to enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of playing with a piano or CD accompaniment as early as possible in the learning experience. This of course allows the performer to develop important ensemble, listening and rhythmic skills.
The carefully selected pieces include music from the 16th to the 20th century and cover a wide variety of styles, from Bach to Grieg and from Purcell to Satie.
This book will provide invaluable additional 40 Piece Challenge repertoire that will complement any teaching method and includes both piano accompaniment and a demo/play-along CD.
- Waltz (Moritz Vogel)
- Chorale – Now Praise, My Soul, the Lord (Johann Sebastian Bach)
- Humming Song – from Album for the Young (Robert Schuman)
- Gymnopedie No. 1 (Erik Satie)
- I’m Called Little Buttercup – from HMS Pinafore (Sir Arthur Sullivan)
- Study – Op. 37, No. 3 (Henry Lemoine)
- Minuet – Z 649 (Henry Purcell)
- Theme and Variation – from Sonatina No. 3 (Thomas Attwood)
- Northern Song – from Album for the Young (Robert Schumann)
- Two German Dances – from Twelve German Dances D 420 (Franz Schubert)
- Watchman’s Song – from Lyric Pieces Op. 12 (Edvard Grieg)
- Gavotte (Jan Ladislav Dussek)
- Vien qua, Dorina bella – Op. 7 (Antonio Bianchi arr. Carl Maria von Weber)
- Minuet – from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (attrib. Christian Petzold)
- The Prince of Denmark’s March – from Choice Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinet (Jeremiah Clarke)
This collection is available for the following instruments, and can be purchase at all these great stores:
Alto Saxophone • AMP300400
Bassoon • AMP307400
Clarinet • AMP299400
Euphonium BC TC • AMP305400
Flute • AMP297400
Horn • AMP303400
Oboe • AMP298400
Tenor Horn Euphonium TC • AMP363400
Tenor Saxophone • AMP301400
Trombone • AMP304400
Trumpet • AMP302400
Tuba in B Flat BC/TC • AMP306400
For more new instrumental titles, click here