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.
Winter (from “The Four Seasons”)
A modern lyrical spin on the Winter concerto theme from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” arranged by Jennifer Eklund. This easy piano solo, suitable for early intermediates, provides ample opportunity to work on interpretation, rubato, and lyrical artistry.
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.
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.