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Hungry for a fast & flashy showcase solo? Stataco Tostada is a cheeky ode to the common mispronunciations we’ve all heard a million times. This early intermediate showcase solo, arranged by Jennifer Eklund, is loosely based on traditional Mexican folk melodies and provides a great opportunity for students to work on articulations and chord inversions.
Tango in D
Tango in D, composed by Jenny Walker, starts with a typical tango introduction followed by a precise, rhythmic accompaniment with a sustained melody taken by the upper right hand. The piece contains a certain cheeky-feel combined with the passion of a tango. This selection is ideal for intermediates.
Boston Lettuce is a bossa nova style solo composed by Ron Levy. This piece is a great introduction to Latin-style rhythms and well suited for early intermediates of all ages. Make sure to check out the lecture-demo video included in this listing. This solo is part of the Jazz Salad songbook.
Trio in Rio
Trio in Rio is a mellow bossa nova trio for six hands, on one piano by Jennifer Eklund. This Latin-style selection is ideal for late beginners and up. Includes a full conductor’s score and the three student parts separately. This piece has been selected for the NFMC Festivals Bulletin, 2020-2024.
Chicken Coop Cha-Cha
Chicken Coop Cha-Cha is a sassy, Latin-style primer level solo from Roadtrip: Rockstar Rally Volume 2, and includes a teacher duet part. This piece serves as a great introduction to recognizing and playing harmonic 4ths and 2nds. Music and lyrics by Jennifer Eklund and Kris Skaletski.
Sync or Swim
Sync or Swim is an easy syncopated Latin-style solo for beginners that is part of Jennifer Eklund’s Pronto Pizazz Volume 2 collection. This short study focuses on easy syncopated patterns and finger independence in both hands and includes an upbeat teacher accompaniment.
Rock ‘n’ Cha
Rock ’n’ Cha is an upbeat Latin-style solo with fun and easy harmonic intervals for primers and beginners of all ages. While this solo stands alone it also includes a Latin-style romping teacher duet part which makes for a great showcase piece for recitals.