PRISM – KATY PERRY (Easy Piano – Grade One)

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This book features well-written and easy arrangements of songs from the DELUXE edition of the pop diva’s 2013 album ‘Prism’.

The page layout is crisp, fresh and easy to read – with simple key signatures and uncluttered staff spacing. Rhythmically, the songs are relatively straightforward, with only dotted rhythms, tied notes and triplets needing a special mention.

The melody is generally taken by the right hand (with left hand chordal accompaniment) and sounds true to the original, allowing students to quickly learn their favourite parts and sing along… perfect for budding singers who want to self accompany! Chord symbols range from basic root position (i.e C, G, Em) through to dominant/major/minor 7 and 9 (Birthday, Unconditionally), suspensions (Love Me), add2 (Ghost) and b5 (By The Grace of God).

Lyrics are included, but due to some suggestive content, the book may be better suited to teen-aged pianists. Whether you’re seeking to just play along with the melody, or to take a more in depth look at the the harmonic structure and form, this book is full of options for students (and their teachers!)

A perfect addition to the music library of all KP fans…. I give it 4 stars!

Thanks to Toowoomba piano teacher Courtney Feldman for this review.

Item code is 124409. This book is available from your favourite music retail store.

SAY SOMETHING, COUNTING STARS & MORE HOT SINGLES – Grade One

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A fabulously current book that pianists of all ages will love to play!

Featuring accessible arrangements of five chart topping pop singles, this book would be the perfect reward for students progressing through the 40 Piece Challenge – or perhaps even as an early Christmas present for your child!

With the addition of well-considered fingering suggestions, most students could comfortably work through the book at their own pace, but may need some guidance for translating trickier chord symbols such as add4 (Say Something), minor 7, added 6 and suspensions (Story of My Life).

All repeats, dal segno and codas are clearly marked, so the lack of bar numbers shouldn’t be noticed.

The arrangements are generally capped at intervals of a sixth (and any shifts or octave jumps can be achieved with clever pedalling) – so smaller handed pianists need not worry!)

Lyrics are neatly incorporated and the layout is clear, concise and easy to read. An accessible and funky resource, good value for money… I give it 5 stars!

Thanks to Toowoomba piano teacher Courtney Feldman for this review.

Item code is 125356. This book is available from your favourite music retail store.

UP ALL NIGHT – ONE DIRECTION (Easy Piano – Grade One)

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Squeals of joy will be heard when tween-age girls are presented with this fabulous collection of hits from British boy band sensation One Direction (or so was the case for my students!)

The album contains simple and easy-to-read arrangements of hits from the group’s 2011 debut album Up All Night, the perfect book to reward progress with the 40 Piece Challenge or good exam results!

But the benefits of this resource don’t stop at fun play… In addition to strengthening notational reading skills, students will be extending their chordal vocabulary with ‘sneaky suspensions’, added 2nds, major and minor 7th chords.

Rhythms range from basic crotchet and minim phrases to more complex dotted patterns, tied notes and syncopation. As an added teaching bonus, More Than This features brief time signature changes, a great opportunity to strengthen inner pulsing. The absence of bar numbers could be used to introduce pop-song form, encouraging students to complete basic song analysis to identify verses, chorus, bridge etc. Whole lessons could be spent working ‘outside the staff’ even before playing commences!

A great book with relevant music and ample teaching opportunities… I give it 5 stars!

Thanks to Toowoomba piano teacher Courtney Feldman for this review.

Item code is 124571. This book is available from your favourite music retail store.

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.

Mini Jazz by Manfred Schmitz

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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

 

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

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!

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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.

CallMeMaybe

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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)

HeyHo

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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)

GreatSongsofRodgersandHammerstein

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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!