Grade One Piano: Popular Piano Repertoire

There has been lots of discussion lately on piano teacher forums about whether you should teach ‘pop’ music during your piano lessons.

Whatever your personal feelings about ‘pop’ music, any music being explored at home (in addition to diligent practice of the assigned exercises and pieces of course!) has surely got to be good for your students!

So, here are some instant musical gratification ideas for your 40 Piece Challenge piano students who have already achieved a Grade One level of playing.

Ideal for parents to give as Christmas gifts!



Offering a spectacular mix of styles, this book is sequenced to emphasise chord recognition and chord practice, particularly of the I, IV, and V7 chords.

  • The Entertainer
  • Do-Re-Mi
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Yesterday
  • Pizzicato Polka
  • New River Train
  • Long Long Ago
  • Tuxedo Junction
  • Amazing Grace
  • Watermelon Man
  • Polovetzian Dance No 17
  • Havah Nageel
  • What Makes You Beautiful.



Really well written easy arrangements of really current pop songs in easy key signatures with lyrics and chords included. This edition contains:

  • Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)
  • Heart Attack (Demi Lovato)
  • Home (Phillip Phillips)
  • Just Give Me a Reason (Pink)
  • Next to Me (Emeli Sandé)



Super current popular music that teenagers will love to play! Lyrics, fingering and chord symbols are included to help you make the most of each arrangement.

  • Ho Hey (The Lumineers)
  • It’s Time (Imagine Dragons)
  • Some Nights (fun.)
  • Stay (Rihanna)
  • When I Was Your Man (Bruno Mars)



An ideal collection for students interested in musical theatre and older adult beginners!

  • Bali Ha’i
  • Climb Ev’ry Mountain
  • Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?
  • Do-Re-Mi
  • Edelweiss
  • Hello, Young Lovers
  • Honey Bun
  • I Have Dreamed
  • I Whistle A Happy Tune
  • If I Loved You
  • It Might As Well Be Spring
  • It’s A Grand Night For Singing
  • June Is Bustin’ Out All Over
  • Love, Look Away
  • Maria
  • My Favorite Things
  • No Other Love
  • Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’
  • Oklahoma
  • People Will Say We’re In Love
  • Shall We Dance?
  • Some Enchanted Evening
  • Something Wonderful
  • The Sound Of Music
  • The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  • Ten Minutes Ago
  • There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame
  • You Are Beautiful
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone
  • Younger Than Springtime

These books are all available from any Australian or New Zealand retail store.

If you don’t live in Australia, just ask at your local music store!