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!
Full Circle: A Year in Twelve Pieces
Full Circle: A Year in Twelve Pieces features engaging, attractively varied intermediate level solos by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM. This collection will challenge and delight students of all ages with pedagogically sound writing that will help them grow as musicians and performers alike. Perfect showcase pieces for recitals, festival performances, or just casual enjoyment.
Star Search is part of “The Getaway” choose-your-own-adventure-style book series by Canadian composer, Lisa Frederick, that allows the student to choose how their musical adventure unfolds. Featuring twelve showcase solos in varying styles and tonal centers, this collection is ideal for beginners and late-beginners of all ages. Take a spectacular journey to outer space or become a sports superstar, you decide what happens first!
Just Fun! Volume 1
Just Fun is a collection of fifteen preparatory level solos by award-winning composer Barbara Becker. These sophisticated, short character pieces are ideal for beginners of all ages and offer the perfect stage to work on articulations, basic phrasing, and dynamics.
Just Fun! Volume 2
Just Fun is a collection of eleven delightful showcase solos for late-beginners and beyond composed by Barbara Becker. These short character pieces are the perfect way to work on phrasing, articulation, and other important technical elements with students of all ages!