Umi’s Lullaby…happy International Piano Week!

Celebrate The Piano Teacher magazine’s International Piano Week this week by playing Umi’s Lullaby by Sonny Chua.

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You can download Umi’s Lullaby (free!) until September 8th by clicking here.

Young students might sight read it as a duet with their teacher. Older students could sight read it outright. Or play it for your very young students and ask them who they think Umi might be!

Share performances of Umi’s Lullaby on Youtube using the hashtag #IPWUmi

Or just watch these great performances.

Brisbane teacher Angela Turner’s trio arrangement of Umi’s Lullaby as performed at the Australian Piano Duo Festival

Jazz composer, performer and teacher Jeremy Siskind from his studio in Michigan, playing Umi’s Lullaby in the style of Debussy

Or in the Style of Bill Evans

Or in the style of Jeremy Siskind

Keen to find out more about Jeremy Siskind? Here are a few of his books that would be idea 40 Piece Challenge repertoire:
Around a grade 3-5 standard
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Around a grade 7 standard
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Around a grade 6 standard
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All things Frozen

Once in a while a musical phenomenon comes along that takes the world by storm.

Literally the world!
DakarLast night I was chatting to friends who live in Dakar, a coastal town in the African country Senegal and they said that children in Dakar are Frozen mad! Parents doing school pick-up have the Frozen soundtrack playing in their cars and the children have watched the movie so many times they know each song and line perfectly. So, not any different from children right here in Australia.

 

Luckily for young musicians Frozen is available in any number of formats that makes it possible for just about every musician to play, no matter the skill level or instrument. These books are perfect editions to the 40 Piece Challenge students repertoire, or perhaps great gifts for parents to give as rewards for 40 Piece Challenge successes.

FiveFingerFrozenThe Five Finger (130374) piano version of Frozen is ideal for young beginners who have perhaps been learning for a year or two. Students playing pieces at a P Plate level 3, perhaps.The arrangements are gorgeous and with a lovely teacher (or older sibling/student) accompaniment, they sound just like the real thing. There are a couple of slightly trickier moments in pieces (In Summer, for instance) but the beauty of Frozen is that because the children know the songs, they will be able to play the rhythms well before they really understand the notation. And that is OK!

For pianists Frozen is also available in Beginning Piano Solo 130375 (about a Preliminary level), BigNote piano 126105 (around a Grade One level), Easy Piano 125506 (about a Grade Two level), Piano Solo 128220 (about a Grade Four level) a version for Piano Playalong 126480 (including sound alike online accompaniments) PVG 124307, Vocal Selections 128053 and a choral version called Let’s All Sing Songs from Frozen 127889.

For instrumentalists there are the Songs from Frozen, Tangled and Enchanted.

FrozenInstrumental The solos featured in this collection are ideal for students at a Grade 1-2 standard. Once again, they will know the songs, so the trickier rhythms should not prove so much of a challenge. The books feature online access to audio demonstration tracks for download or streaming.
Songs include: Do You Want to Build a Snowman? • For the First Time in Forever • Happy Working Song • I See the Light • In Summer • Let It Go • Mother Knows Best • That’s How You Know • True Love’s First Kiss • When Will My Life Begin • I’ve Got A Dream • Love Is An Open Door and So Close.

Songs from Frozen, Tangled and Enchanted are available for Alto saxophone (126923) , Cello (126930), Clarinet (126922), Flute (126921), French horn (126926),Tenor saxophone (126924), Trombone (126927), Trumpet (126925), Viola (126929) and Violin (126928).

All of these publications are available from your local favourite music retail store.

Don’t forget about Duets!

Many 40 Piece Challenge teachers have reported assigning duets as challenge pieces.

Here is a brand new collection definitely worth considering!

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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.

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40 Piece Challenge Certificates 2014

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.

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Hot chocolate motivator!

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…

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  Lip Balm Treble Clef: VWS012 Keyboard: VWS014

Bach Bookmark VWP0176

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And something for your adult students! Bottle Opener 54660

And something for your adult students!
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International Piano Week

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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