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.
Eerie Evening is a late beginning level solo that explores the haunting sounds of harmonic overtones throughout the piano. Cleverly written, students will be amazed at the new sounds their acoustic piano can make! This piece might even inspire some new “ghost” compositions!
Up, Up, and Away!
Up, Up, and Away is an upbeat showcase for primers and beginners of all ages that will get students playing all the way to the top of the keyboard. While this solo stands alone it also includes a contemporary teacher duet part that makes for a lovely recital showcase piece.