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The Challenge is driving them up the wall!

40 Piece Challenge ChristinaPiano 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.

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Mini Jazz by Manfred Schmitz

MiniJazz

Mini Jazz Book 1 – 50 Easy Pieces is ideal 40 Piece Challenge repertoire.

This collection features little pieces of jazz designed to introduce syncopations and melodic jazz inflections to piano students still in the early stages of learning.

Hello, Mister MINI, the first piece in the collection, is featured in the P Plate Piano series and Old Movie Man (number 34) is in Getting to Grade One. The final pieces are reaching a Grade 3 standard.

Schmitz introduces a range of jazz gestures in pieces small enough to not be overwhelming. And, with each piece being perfectly interesting, and (if a student hasn’t played much music with syncopation before) perfectly challenging in its own way, more advanced students (Gr 4 – 8) will gain much from learning these pieces too.

20130447 • From your favourite music store

 

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One octave is all you need!

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.  

15EasyClassicalSolos

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.

Songlist:

  • 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

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Best motivation in 30 years!

We love hearing all the positive feedback about the challenge. Sharon from Victoria writes:

“The 40 Piece Challenge is going fantastic in my studio. In 30 years, I’ve never had so many motivated students. It’s just wonderful. I’ve been able to shift the intense exam focus (by many of my kids’ parents) to what’s really important.

The kids are loving it and they’re already better sight readers and so much more confident.

This Taylor Swift book is fantastic!!  Two thirds of my students are primary aged children and it’s a real winner with the girls. It’s great sight reading as it’s simply set out and has no words to distract the reader.”

TaylorSwift You can order this book from your local music store now! Just quote the ordering code: 109369

Pieces are about a Preliminary level, and arranged really well so that they sound like the original.

 

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Twenty Years of Triple J’s Hottest 100

Can you believe it’s been over 20 years since the Hottest 100 began?

Selections from 20 Years of Triple J’s Hottest 100 would be ideal for older 40 Piece Challenge students (Grade 5+) who want to play all the new rock/pop classics.

This book is in PVG format with chord symbols and a vocal line, so it’s great for experienced pianists who perhaps want to play with friends who are guitarists/singers.

Twenty Years of Triple J's Hottest 100

  • Wonderwall: Oasis
  • Seven Nation Army: The White Stripes
  • Last Goodbye: Jeff Buckley
  • These Days: Powderfinger
  • Paranoid Android: Radiohead
  • Skinny Love: Bon Iver
  • Tomorrow: Silverchair
  • Knights of Cydonia: Muse
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings: The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Brick: Ben Folds Five
  • Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap
  • Brother: Matt Corby
  • Into My Arms: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • No Aphrodisiac: The Whitlams
  • Monsters: Something for Kate
  • Video Games: Lana Del Rey

To order, quote item code 20138001 at your favourite Australian or New Zealand retail store. Click here to find a store listing!

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Ladybugs for Challenge piano teachers!

Ladybug picThese cute ladybugs (or do we call them ladybirds?) are landing on pianos across Australia this year, as the piano teaching community goes wild for their power to shape students hands into the correct hand position.

Watch as each student automatically produces a beautiful, round shape as they place their hand around the ladybug.

Piano Teachers, register for the challenge today by emailing us at australianpiano@halleonard.com.au or by clicking here to register online and we will send you your very own ladybug! You can also purchase ladybugs for your students to take home from your favourite local Australian or New Zealand store. Item code 20132851

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Graded Popular Repertoire Collections

Looking for accurately graded popular repertoire collections?

Graded to Australian examination standards, these books provide a range of repertoire from well known popular songs to classical favourites. Film and TV music to traditional tunes and some Jazz and Blues. There is a little something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

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Grade One includes:

  • A Spoonful Of Sugar
  • Allegro (Mozart)
  • In The Mood
  • Greensleeves
  • What A Wonderful World
  • The Rainbow Connection
  • Spanish Dance (Clementi)
  • My Favourite Things
  • Wade In The Water
  • A Whole New World

 

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Grade Two includes:

  • 1812 Overture
  • Circle Of Life
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Nobody Knows The Trouble Ive Seen
  • Under The Sea
  • Advance Australia Fair
  • On Broadway
  • The House Of The Rising Sun
  • Dancing Queen
  • Stand By Me

 

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Grade Three includes:

  • Baby (Bieber)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  • Colours Of The Wind
  • Fur Elise
  • He’s A Pirate
  • Hungarian Dance No 5
  • Lean On Me
  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • Mission Impossible Theme
  • Waltzing Matilda

 

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Grade Four includes:

  • Baby Elephant Walk
  • Forrest Gump Main Title
  • Breaking Free
  • Halo (Beyonce)
  • Theme From Jurassic Park
  • Ave Maria
  • Accidentally In Love
  • Take Five
  • One
  • The Galway Piper