Sheet Music arranged by Jennifer Eklund
Elite Syncopations by Scott Joplin arranged for intermediates by Jennifer Eklund.
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Elite Syncopations (Digital: Single User)
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About the arranger
Jennifer Eklund holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music from California State University, Long Beach. She is an avid arranger, composer, and author of the Piano Pronto® method books series as well as a wide variety of supplemental songbooks. She is also a Signature Artist with Musicnotes.com with a large catalog of popular music titles for musicians of all levels.
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