This is a lyrical piano ballad in waltz time for intermediate pianists by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM. The melody is made almost entirely of ascending and descending pentascales (5-note scales) on white keys. The accompaniment for left hand requires a hand span primarily of melodic octaves with an occasional melodic tenth. The ternary form features a middle section with surprising harmonies and a deceptive cadence. Middle and high school students will find this piece both accessible and rewarding.
For many people, November is a month for giving thanks. This intermediate piece by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM, is a contemporary rendering of a hymn-like melody. November symbolizes a musical token of gratitude for family and friends who have been with us through good times and bad and with whom we love to spend our time. The ternary form offers an uplifting first section followed by a middle theme of more serious and reflective implication. The middle theme modulates into a return of the first in a new key, representing a triumphant overcoming of life’s struggles with the help of those we hold dear.
End Game, a perennial favorite, arranged as a trio for six hands, on one piano by Jennifer Eklund. This selection is ideal for late beginners of all ages and includes a full conductor’s score and the three separate student parts. This piece has been selected for the NFMC Festivals Bulletin, 2020-2024.
An absolute student-saver showcase solo for late beginners who want music that sounds cool and looks impressive. This is the easiest version of End Game found from the ever-popular Spotlight Solos Volume 1 collection by Jennifer Eklund. This is the version of End Game that is on the NFMC Bulletin list.
Mission: X is a method-style songbook for beginners featuring three themed chapters: Andromeda, Undercover, and Ancient Lands. Each chapter begins with “Mission Training” blocks that contain a mix of written theory work and light music analysis to help prepare students to learn the pieces in the mission. These engaging pieces and materials by Chrissy Ricker will be a hit with students of all ages.