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.
- 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!
These 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 email@example.com 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
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!
Grade One includes:
- A Spoonful Of Sugar
- Allegro (Mozart)
- In The Mood
- What A Wonderful World
- The Rainbow Connection
- Spanish Dance (Clementi)
- My Favourite Things
- Wade In The Water
- A Whole New World
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
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
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
- The Galway Piper
We heard from a lovely piano teacher from WA today, who writes about the challenge:
“I did venture into the 40-piece challenge last year (read about it on one of Tim Topham’s blogs) – well, I gave my students a choice of 20 or 30 or 40 pieces – and found there was quite an even spread amongst them of which challenge they undertook (though I did have one little lad who opted for the 20 piece challenge but completed that in 2 1/2 terms and then asked me for another challenge sheet!!)
I asked parents to give their children a little treat/reward at 10, 20, 30 and 40 pieces and asked the kids to make sure they reminded their parents!!”
Irene – WA
Teachers, to encourage suitable musical “rewards” to be given by parents to students, why not assist with a list of repertoire suggestions. Ensure the repertoire is easy enough so that the student and parent achieve instant musical gratification when the book is gifted.
For example, if a child has just completed their 3rd Lesson Book in a series (for example Level 3 of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library)
suggest one of the books from the correlated series, perhaps a Broadway or Popular Collection. Allowing the parent to choose gives them some ownership or the idea and allows them to hear the music that they want to hear in the home.
The 40 Piece Challenge has been such an enormous hit with piano teachers across Australia and around the world in 2013 that we thought we’d welcome on-board all Instrumental teachers to the challenge in 2014.
Instrumental teachers know that it is difficult enough to get students to take home their instruments, let alone get them do practise on a daily basis.
The 40 Piece challenge encourages students to learn around one new piece each week of the teaching year, so taking instruments home and daily practice is not only implied but mandatory!
Teachers: encourage a bit of healthy competition by putting a 40 Piece Challenge poster in your teaching studio.
Email us to let us know you are joining the challenge and which instrument/s you teach and we will send you a gift from the HUB desk to get you started.
We will publish repertoire ideas here throughout the year as well as your feedback and ideas.
Throughout the year we would love to hear how the challenge is working out for you.
Christmas holidays are an ideal time for young 40 Piece Challenge participants to put their piano playing skills to good use!
These collections will provide instant musical gratification for students who have already mastered Grade Two, or who are playing at a Grade Three or Four level.
Encourage and motivate your young players by suggesting these collections to their parents. They will be some of the cheapest Christmas gifts ever!
Chart Hits of 2012-2013 (118290)
- The A Team – Ed Sheeran
- As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber
- Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk
- 50 Ways To Say Goodbye – Train
- Ho Hey – The Lumineers
- I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
- I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
- It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
- Little Talks
- Live While We’re Young – One Direction
- Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
- One More Night – Maroon 5
- Skyfall – Adele
- Some Nights – fun.
- Too Close – Alex Clare
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Faber Studio Collection FunTime (119436)
This collection includes a range of pieces from the FunTime series. Arranged by Nancy and Randall Faber you just know these arrangements will sound fantastic AND be pedagogically sound!
- Addams Family Theme
- Barber Of Seville Overture
- Glad Cat Rag
- Home (special bonus hit!)
- Hound Dog
- Howl At The Moon
- In The Mood
- The Phantom Of The Opera
- Scheherezade Theme
My First Movie Themes Songbook (102856)
This is a really beautifully presented book – it really looks like a gift! Full colour illustrations inside and nearly 30 movie themes. Great value!
- As Time Goes By
- Chariots Of Fire
- Falling Slowly
- Gabriel’s Oboe
- Hands Of Time
- How The West Was Won (Main Title)
- If We Hold On Together
- James Bond Theme
- Jessica’s Theme (Breaking In The Colt)
- The Magnificent Seven
- Mission: Impossible Theme
- My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From ‘Titanic’)
- A Narnia Lullaby
- New York, New York
- Over The Rainbow
- The Pink Panther
- Raiders March
- Singin’ In The Rain
- Somewhere In Time
- Somewhere, My Love
- Soul Bossa Nova
- Star Trek(R) The Motion Picture
- Star Wars (Main Theme)
- We Are The Champions
- You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Teenage Dream (109267)
Again, you might not want to ‘teach’ Katy Perry songs in your piano lessons, but if it keeps them playing the piano over the Summer holidays, we’re all for it!
These arrangements are easy, but very true to the original songs.
- California Gurls
- Circle The Drain
- Hummingbird Heartbeat
- Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
- Not Like The Movies
- The One That Got Away
- Teenage Dream
- Who Am I Living For?
Australian and New Zealand teacher and parents can purchase these books at THESE STORES, all our lovely readers outside of this area can purchase at your local music store!