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By Tim Topham | Repertoire

Jan 27 2012

repertoire ideasI recently purchased some new music you might be interested in exploring with your students this year.

Firstly, have a look at The Virtuosic Performer. Just about all the pieces in Book 2 were fantastic and around Grade 2-3 level. Many of them sound and look amazing, but are actually quite easy to learn and perform. I particularly liked “Dance of Fire”, “Moonlit Evening” and “The Masked Horseman” – great for your boys!

The Virtuosic Performer, Book 2
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The Virtuosic Performer, Book 2
By Margaret Goldston. For Piano. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Intermediate; Late Intermediate. Book. 24 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.16509)Smp_stars50
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Eric Baumgartner’s Jazz Connection series is also a great one to have on hand for students who like the jazzy-style pieces. Book 1 is Prelim/Gd 1 level and I loved “Funkasaurus” (great name!), “Easy Does It” and “Roadhouse Rock”. By Book 3, the pieces are really quite hard, but well worth checking out.

6303326 Jazz Connection, Book 1 – Book Only
(Nine Jazzy Solos/Later Elementary Level). By Eric Baumgartner. Willis. Late Elementary. Softcover. 24 pages. Willis Music #12552. Published by Willis Music (HL.406702)Smp_stars40
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Imprints is a great collection of solos by Chris Goldston. Check out “Castilian Evening”, “Silent Noon” and “At Twilight”, which were my faves. They are listed as “Early Intermediate” – around Grade 2-3 level.

Imprints Imprints
By Christopher Goldston. For Piano. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Early Intermediate. Book. 24 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.14662)…more info

Toccatina by Susan Ogilvy is a great fun piece with fun rhythms and lots of chords that boys are sure to love.

Toccatina
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Toccatina
By Susan Ogilvy. For Piano. Piano Solo; Solo. Form: Toccata. Early Intermediate. Sheet. 4 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.3617)Smp_stars50
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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.

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