My students love the variety of this book! The arrangements are written very nicely!
Jamie The Student
Love Rage Over A Lost Penny, but I love the others too!!!!!!!!!! :)
This is a great collection that has a good variety of genres: jazz, ragtime, classical, folk, contemporary. If you have a student who can't decide what style they like, this is a good book to explore.
I really enjoyed playing through this book and appreciate the variety of genres in the book. There is not TOO much fingering but just what is essential to playing well. One of my favorites was the arrangement of “Take me out to the Ball Game” – not hard but rich with harmonic sounds. Another favorite is Canon in D – as one of my students (Rachel W.) said when she played the song, ” I thought that the song was a very good simplified version of the original Canon in D.” “Flying Solo” was another song that Rachel tried and she said this, “I like Flying Solo because of the patterns that I see in the song.” Maria really loves playing Rondalla Aragonesa and says “Rondalla Aragonesa” was very fun actually easy…what I liked about it was that it was bouncy, and at some parts of the song you’d have to stand up! because it got so intense. This song was extremely awesome” Another great book, Jennifer Ecklund!!! and Piano Pronto – I look forward to more…
I enjoyed this book and so did my students. One in particular (JP) has been bugging me for “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. I had been looking for a simpler version but that still sounded full. Found it here. I love the wide range of songs – classical to new age. I am a fan of ragtime and blues so there was something in there for me too! The book does say for late beginners. But I think it might be better suited for intermediate or late beginners who like a challenge and are highly motivated. My sister is also a piano teacher and made the same observation. But because the book does seem to progress, this isn’t a bad thing. The late beginner and the intermediate student will find plenty to keep them playing. Keep up the good work Jennifer! Can’t wait for the next book.
This was so well thought out… My middle and high school kids are just gobbling it up !! The melodies are so beautiful yet not too complex… I recommend to any teacher that is looking for something fresh for your older students… It feels modern pop and thats what will catch their ears :))
I enjoyed playing through this entire book and was secretly thrilled when my student swapped with another student, giving me a few more days to hang onto it before handing it over! We had a blast working on “In the Hall of the Mountain King” during Halloween season. Thanks for all you do Jennifer!