This is the first in a new series of articles I’ll be writing featuring my favourite piano pieces for boys by a variety of Australian and International composers.
I had the fortune to meet Geri Rea at a piano teachers’ PD day at the Convention Centre in Melbourne 2010.
Geri is a talented teacher and composer who lives in Newcastle, NSW who has written a number of books of music, mainly for students around Preliminary – Grade 1/2 level (late elementary – early intermediate).
I’ve been teaching with three of her books in my studio since 2010 and have chosen what I believe to be the top 10 best pieces for boys from:
Here’s a quick look at the pieces:
Geri’s music will instantly appeal to all children, teens and adults, with the Surfing, Sailing & Sprinting book a particular favourite amongst my male students (children and teens).
World in Harmony is a great book for exploring the sounds of other countries and the pieces would instantly suit a themed recital “Around the World” or similar.
The Playground is great for any school-aged children and features music in a variety of styles, harmonies and speeds.
I was really excited to find out that one of Geri’s pieces from “World in Harmony” has been featured in Trinity College’s Grade 1 piano books. The piece is called Red Square March.
This is a great indicator of the quality of Geri’s music and I’m sure more exam boards will pick up her music in the future.
When you become a member of my Inner Circle Community, you get free access to Surfing, Sailing and Sprinting with a full studio licence.
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For Geri’s other books, head to her website: Piano for Schools to order your books.
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Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.