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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One octave is all you need!

Philip Sparke’s pieces for brass and woodwind instruments have appeared in syllabuses of examination boards around the world. His new collection, 15 Easy Classical Solos, features arrangements for instrumentalists who can play just over an octave making them ideal for young 40 Piece Challenge students.  

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The principle behind this series is to allow young instrumentalists the chance to enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of playing with a piano or CD accompaniment as early as possible in the learning experience. This of course allows the performer to develop important ensemble, listening and rhythmic skills.
The carefully selected pieces include music from the 16th to the 20th century and cover a wide variety of styles, from Bach to Grieg and from Purcell to Satie.
This book will provide invaluable additional 40 Piece Challenge repertoire that will complement any teaching method and includes both piano accompaniment and a demo/play-along CD.

Songlist:

  • Waltz (Moritz Vogel)
  • Chorale – Now Praise, My Soul, the Lord (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • Humming Song – from Album for the Young (Robert Schuman)
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 (Erik Satie)
  • I’m Called Little Buttercup – from HMS Pinafore (Sir Arthur Sullivan)
  • Study – Op. 37, No. 3 (Henry Lemoine)
  • Minuet – Z 649 (Henry Purcell)
  • Theme and Variation – from Sonatina No. 3 (Thomas Attwood)
  • Northern Song – from Album for the Young (Robert Schumann)
  • Two German Dances – from Twelve German Dances D 420 (Franz Schubert)
  • Watchman’s Song – from Lyric Pieces Op. 12 (Edvard Grieg)
  • Gavotte (Jan Ladislav Dussek)
  • Vien qua, Dorina bella – Op. 7 (Antonio Bianchi arr. Carl Maria von Weber)
  • Minuet – from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (attrib. Christian Petzold)
  • The Prince of Denmark’s March – from Choice Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinet (Jeremiah Clarke)

This collection is available for the following instruments, and can be purchase at all these great stores:
Alto Saxophone • AMP300400
Bassoon • AMP307400
Clarinet • AMP299400
Euphonium BC TC • AMP305400
Flute • AMP297400
Horn • AMP303400
Oboe • AMP298400
Tenor Horn Euphonium TC • AMP363400
Tenor Saxophone • AMP301400
Trombone • AMP304400
Trumpet • AMP302400
Tuba in B Flat BC/TC • AMP306400

For more new instrumental titles, click here

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!

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
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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.

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Piano Teacher Magazine Issue 4

Piano Teacher Magazine Issue 4

Another great source of ideas for 40 Piece Challenge repertoire is the Piano Teacher Magazine.

Issue 4 of the Piano Teacher Magazine is out now and available FREE from your favourite Australian or New Zealand music retail store, or by emailing your request to australianpiano@halleonard.com.au

Or you can read it online by clicking the links below:

Piano Teacher Magazine Issue 4

Piano Teacher Magazine Issue 3

Piano Teacher Magazine Issue 2

Piano Teacher Magazine Issue 1

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Assorted Fairies by Sonny Chua

AssortedFairies

Assorted Fairies is a unique collection in that it contains pieces graded from Grade 1 to about Grade 6 level, by one of Australia’s favourite composers: Sonny Chua.

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The beauty of this collection; while being full of amusing melodies, catchy rhythms, thoughtful colours and subtle references to childhood songs, is it will be a book that students will dip into year after year as they progress with their piano studies, making it ideal 40 Piece Challenge material.

Many of the pieces are on the syllabus for exam boards including AMEB, St Cecilia, ANZCA and others. As well as being delightful concert repertoire for any young musician, this collection will provide lots of great extra list material.

Assorted Fairies Contents:

Twinkling Fairy

Flapping Fairy

Dizzy Fairy

Cuckoo Fairy

Lonley Fairy

Dripping Fairy

Slimy Fairy

Funky Fairy

Morning Fairy

Hysterical Fairy

Airy Fairy

Jiggling Fairy

Nagging Fairy

Fishy Fairy

Twirling Fairy

Assorted Fairies is available from all good Australian and New Zealand music stores.

Enjoy!

Getting to Grade Three NEW MIX

Getting to Grade Three New Mix

Getting to Grade Three New Mix

The newest member of the Getting to…series is: Getting to Grade Three NEW MIX

The New Mix books are a collection of compositions and arrangements that explore some of the genres and styles that emerged in the 20th Century, and also includes arrangements of classic pieces from the past 300 years that have become part of popular culture.

Ideal for 21st Century piano students they contain ‘Net Generation’ new classics written for film, television, musical theatre, radio and MTV.

Getting to Grade Three New Mix would be ideal easy win/learn one piece a week pieces for 40 Piece Challenge piano students who are studying at a grade 4 or 5 level.

Could you imagine a more fabulous collection of 27 pieces?

Getting to Grade Three New Mix: Contents

Juggler 7 from Gaukler by Luis Zett

Juggler 7 from Gaukler by Luis Zett

Let the Good Times Roll by James Bastien

Let the Good Times Roll by James Bastien

Small Talk by John Kember

Small Talk by John Kember

Theme from Symphony No. 40 by Mozart. Arr by Nancy and Randall Faber

Theme from Symphony No. 40 by Mozart. Arr by Nancy and Randall Faber

The Sad Dancer No. 4 from Six Wayside Sketches by Edgar Moy

The Sad Dancer
No. 4 from Six Wayside Sketches by Edgar Moy

Funky Chicken from In a Jazz Groove by Arletta O'Hearn

Funky Chicken from In a Jazz Groove by Arletta O’Hearn

The Secrets of My Heart by Elissa Milne

The Secrets of My Heart by Elissa Milne

Mamma Mia by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus. Arr by Elissa Milne

Mamma Mia by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus. Arr by Elissa Milne

The Elfin Harp from Forest Fantasies by Walter Carroll

The Elfin Harp from Forest Fantasies by Walter Carroll

St Thomas by Sonny Rollins. Arr by Elissa Milne

St Thomas by Sonny Rollins. Arr by Elissa Milne

Midnight Snack by Sonny Chua

Midnight Snack by Sonny Chua

Sea Chant by Peter Sculthorpe

Sea Chant by Peter Sculthorpe

Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Henry Mancini. Arr Elissa Milne

Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Henry Mancini. Arr Elissa Milne

Promise! by Roderick Skeaping

Promise! by Roderick Skeaping

Finale from Carnival of the Animals by Camilee Saint-Saens. Arr by Hans Gunter Heumann

Finale from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens. Arr by Hans Gunter Heumann

Fascinating Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin. Arr by Stephen Duro

Fascinating Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin. Arr by Stephen Duro

Soldiers in the Distance by Arthur Benjamin

Soldiers in the Distance by Arthur Benjamin

See You Later Alligator by Robert Charles Guidry. Arr by Elissa Milne

See You Later Alligator by Robert Charles Guidry. Arr by Elissa Milne

Waltzing with Dinosaurs by Elissa Milne

Waltzing with Dinosaurs by Elissa Milne

Trepak from Russian Festival Dance by Mark Nevin

Trepak from Russian Festival Dance by Mark Nevin

You and Me No 16 from Rhythm & Rag by Alan Houghton

You and Me No 16 from Rhythm & Rag by Alan Houghton

She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel. Arr by Elissa Milne

She’s Always a Woman by Billy Joel. Arr by Elissa Milne

Petite Reverie: A Little Daydream by Alexandre Tansman

Petite Reverie: A Little Daydream by Alexandre Tansman

Sunny Side Up from Microstyles Collection by Christopher Norton

Sunny Side Up from Microstyles Collection by Christopher Norton

Get Smart by Irving Szathmary. Arr by Elissa Milne

Get Smart by Irving Szathmary. Arr by Elissa Milne

Tango 1 from Easy Dances 1 by Maytas Seiber

Tango 1 from Easy Dances 1 by Maytas Seiber

Clocks (Coldplay) by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin. Arr by Elissa Milne

Clocks (Coldplay) by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin. Arr by Elissa Milne

Preparing for your exam

Preparing for your exam

Don’t forget about the Preparing for your exam section, which contains all the technical work required for your Grade Three level exams.

Getting to Grade Three New Mix is available from all Australian and New Zealand retail music stores!

Celebrating Getting to…

Happy Birthday Getting to series

A big Happy Birthday to the Getting to…series!

All this month we will be celebrating the series, meeting the people who created the books and exploring the repertoire.

And yes, there will be cake!

The Getting to…series, brain child of Elissa Milne, was initially designed to answer the question: When are my students ready to move from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library method book to exam material?

Of course in the 10 years since the series began it has become a staple teaching resource for thousands of teachers across Australia and New Zealand, regardless of which method they choose and for which examination system they are preparing their students.

Carefully crafted to address all examination criteria, students are encouraged to learn all 30 (or so) pieces in each volume. By the time students reach the end of each publication they have collected and really secured every technical skill required at a specific exam level. Exams can be taken confidently and students have a plethora of exam material and extra lists to choose from.

Here is what happened at our celebration:

A-list celebrities attended!

A list celebrities attended celebrations

Favourite pieces were performed.

Piano Girl performs Clowns from Getting to Preliminary New Mix

Piano Girl performs Clowns from Getting to Preliminary New Mix

We invite you to celebrate with us this month.

You can share your thoughts about the series, favourite pieces and volumes by commenting here, or email us at australianpiano@halleonard.com.au

Let the celebrations begin!