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!

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 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

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!


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



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
  • One
  • The Galway Piper

Parental help with the 40 Piece Challenge

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)

Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Lessons Level 3

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.

00296608Broadway  00296033POP 00296325Classical Themes