Backyard Bash is a collection of solos written for beginning pianists who enjoy playing music with lyrics. With the exception of three pieces, Crazy Cat, Old Dog, and Tree Swallow, these songs describe actual events that have happened in my suburban backyard in Southwest Virginia. Crazy Cat combines the personalities of two of our family cats, Calhoun and Casper, into one. Old Dog is about our Golden Retriever, Clyde, who lived with us when we started our family and was the kindest and most gentle dog I’ve ever known. Tree Swallow is about a male tree swallow who behaved exactly as described in the lyrics, but in my father’s backyard rather than in mine. I have found that my students love playing these songs because they sound more difficult than they are, and they are fun to sing along with! I hope you enjoy these musical nature studies and learn to play them all! - Sarah O’Brien
Star Search is part of “The Getaway” choose-your-own-adventure-style book series by Canadian composer, Lisa Frederick, that allows the student to choose how their musical adventure unfolds. Featuring twelve showcase solos in varying styles and tonal centers, this collection is ideal for beginners and late-beginners of all ages. Take a spectacular journey to outer space or become a sports superstar, you decide what happens first!
Meet the Pilburys
The Pilburys are a fictional family full of fun and quirks and may not be all that different from your own family! This collection of twelve charming solos, composed by Joanne Griffiths, are ideal for beginners and late beginners of all ages and will hopefully inspire students to compose music about their own families!
Roadtrip!® Space Odyssey
Ready to blast off on an intergalactic piano voyage? Roadtrip Space Odyssey features eighteen space-themed showcase solos for late beginners of all ages. Lush, contemporary teacher duet parts are included in the book for every song. Play-along tracks are available to amp up the fun factor! Music and lyrics by Jennifer Eklund and Kris Skaletski.
Easy Spotlight Solos
Easy Spotlight Solos features 10 showcase solos in varying styles and tonal centers. These solos are ideal for late beginners of all ages and make great performance pieces for recitals and other events! This book contains selections for the NFMC Festivals Bulletin, 2020-2024.
Mission: X Volume Two
Mission: X Volume Two is a method-style songbook for late beginners featuring three themed chapters: Atlantis, Supernatural, and Alter Ego. 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.
Dancing with My Shadow
Dancing with my Shadow is a collection of eleven beautiful showcase pieces for the elementary level student of any age, composed by Lisa Donovan Lukas. Each piece includes an accompanying teacher duet part, and many of the pieces also have lyrics which can be sung or used for interpretation.
Backyard Bash: Volume Two
Backyard Bash, Volume 2, is a collection of solos written for late beginning pianists who enjoy playing music with lyrics. It is the sequel to Backyard Bash and offers just enough additional difficulty to challenge and delight students. These pieces were written about actual creatures which inhabit our Southwest Virginia backyard, and the lyrics are intended to facilitate study of the music while also amusing the performer. I have found that my students love playing these songs because they sound more difficult than they are, and they are fun to sing along with! I hope you enjoy these musical nature studies and learn to play them all!
Viva Violin: Volume 1
Viva Violin Volume 1 is an exciting supplemental songbook for beginning violinists of all ages. Featuring twelve original compositions by Jennifer Eklund and Meagan Mason, this songbook includes contemporary piano accompaniments that will showcase violinists through a wide variety of genres. Separate violin book and piano accompaniment book included with purchase.
Full Speed Ahead!
Do you have students who love to play fast and are always wondering just how high the metronome can go? This is the collection for them! Full Speed Ahead features fourteen fast and flashy showcase solos for late beginners and early intermediates. Music composed by Jennifer Eklund.