As you know, I’m always on the lookout for new repertoire for my students.
On a recent visit to Philip Johnston’s InsideMusicTeaching website, which is a fantastic resource for all sorts of things piano-teaching-related, I came across his new “Repertoire Browser” page where he has uploaded nine of his own piano compositions which are great for a variety of student levels and settings.
Philip is a Canberra-based teacher, composer, author and presenter and one of the best people to follow if you want to keep up with the latest ideas in music teaching.
The best thing is that all the pieces are free to download and you can listen to the music while watching the score scroll on the page all with one click – brilliant. I just love it when composers make finding and listening to their music simple (and free!).
There are some really challenging “recital opener” pieces like Overture and Celebration and a clever mash-up between Billy Joel and Elton John called Elton Joel, but I particularly liked Micro Waltz which is a relatively straight-forward waltz for intermediate students and Cryptic Prelude. Take a listen and I’m sure you’ll find music that you can use in your studio next week.
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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.