Backyard Bash Combo Pack
Combo Deal composed by Sarah Reaser O'Brien
This combo deal includes both volumes of Backyard Bash featuring easy, engaging solos with music and lyrics by Sarah Reaser O’Brien. These volumes are ideal for beginners and late beginners.
This combo deal can be purchased in the following formats:
- Hardcopy - All products in this combo deal will be shipped as physical products.
- Digital - All products in this combo deal will be available to you digitally.
Backyard Bash Combo Pack (Hardcopy)
Backyard Bash Combo Pack (Digital: Single User)
About the composer
Sarah Reaser O'Brien
Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM, has been teaching piano since 1983 and currently runs a private studio in Salem, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance as well as certificates in both Piano Teaching and Arts Management from Hollins University. Her composing philosophy is to create pedagogically sound music which inspires, motivates, and sparks joy in the student.
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Backyard Bash is a collection of solos written for beginning pianists who enjoy playing music with lyrics. With the exception of three pieces, Crazy Cat, Old Dog, and Tree Swallow, these songs describe actual events that have happened in my suburban backyard in Southwest Virginia. Crazy Cat combines the personalities of two of our family cats, Calhoun and Casper, into one. Old Dog is about our Golden Retriever, Clyde, who lived with us when we started our family and was the kindest and most gentle dog I’ve ever known. Tree Swallow is about a male tree swallow who behaved exactly as described in the lyrics, but in my father’s backyard rather than in mine. I have found that my students love playing these songs because they sound more difficult than they are, and they are fun to sing along with! I hope you enjoy these musical nature studies and learn to play them all! - Sarah O’Brien
Backyard Bash: Volume Two
Backyard Bash, Volume 2, is a collection of solos written for late beginning pianists who enjoy playing music with lyrics. It is the sequel to Backyard Bash and offers just enough additional difficulty to challenge and delight students. These pieces were written about actual creatures which inhabit our Southwest Virginia backyard, and the lyrics are intended to facilitate study of the music while also amusing the performer. I have found that my students love playing these songs because they sound more difficult than they are, and they are fun to sing along with! I hope you enjoy these musical nature studies and learn to play them all!
Fired Up! Level Two
Are you fired up and ready for more fun at the piano? Fired Up! Level Two is designed for teen and adult beginners who have completed the first level of the series or for students transitioning from another late-beginner book.
This volume features twenty-two memorable melodies in various styles and continues to cover music fundamentals with an increased focus on musicality and developing efficient practice strategies. Start making beautiful music today with a method that focuses on technique, artistry, and interpretation. Add on the Super Soundtrack which includes orchestrated play-along tracks and piano duet tracks to make practicing fun and effective!
Piano Pronto®: Interlude
Interlude features thirty familiar solos from Keyboard Kickoff, Prelude, and Pronto Pizazz Volume 1, transposed to the keys of G and F major, and adjusted to include more independent work between the hands. The pieces, which include teacher duets, can be used to challenge early beginners, as a lateral move for students who need reading reinforcement, or for transfer students who need a refresher of basic concepts before starting Movement 1.
Piano Pronto®: Preview Pack
The Piano Pronto Preview Pack includes fifteen pieces in this course, with teacher duets, drawn from Piano Pronto: Keyboard Kickoff, Piano Pronto: Prelude, and Pronto Pizazz Volume 1. Written theory worksheets, drawn from both the method books and correlating Power Pages books are also included.
This book has many applications and is intended as a quick-start course for beginners of all ages. After completing this short course, teachers can place students in the appropriate level of books in the Piano Pronto method books or the Fired Up! series. The course is great for use in summer camps, group courses that have a limited time basis, or as an assessment tool for new transfer students. At the end of this volume, method and supplement book recommendations are offered.
Midnight Bells Are Ringing
Midnight Bells Are Ringing, is an easy multi-level solo by Jennifer Eklund for beginners and late beginners of all ages. This piece is a spooky spin on “Frere Jacques” that will delight students during the Halloween season or anytime a minor mood strikes!