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.
Riding the Wave
Riding the Wave is an easy rock-style solo for late elementary and early intermediate students composed by Sarah Reaser O’Brien. They will enjoy the easy mastery of the recurring bass pattern and have fun with the difficult-sounding eighth-note passages in the right hand. Great for students currently working late in the Piano Pronto Prelude method book or early in Piano Pronto Movement 1.
June is a dramatic solo for later intermediate pianists. The mysterious setting evokes the mood of a summer storm with tumultuous wind. Crashing pops of lightning punctuate the primary theme while arpeggiated flourishes mimic the downpour of sudden rain. This is one of a set of 12 month-titled pieces by Sarah Reaser O’Brien, NCTM.
July is a ragtime solo for intermediate pianists composed by Sarah Reaser O’Brien.It is ideal study material for those who would enjoy historical rags but need a more manageable arrangement and hand span than those typically offer. There is syncopation throughout all of the three principle melodies with a steady quarter note accompaniment in the left hand for the majority of the piece.
August is a new age piano solo, composed by Sarah Reaser O’Brien NCTM, for intermediate and late intermediate pianists. The pedagogical focus of this selection is small hand accessibility. The waltz-time setting and straight eighths are ideal for helping players achieve a fluid technique and a sense of forward motion. The melodic content is “hidden” within the right hand eighths and gives ample opportunity for developing sophisticated voicing.