Piano sheet music

Sheet music/exercises for piano

Are you a little rusty on Scale Degrees and Modes?

I certainly was.  After spending so many years teaching students in the lower grades for piano, I had forgotten a lot of the things I learned many, (many) years ago that I was sure I would never forget. Needing a reminder of what the names of the scale degrees were (there was one that had &hellip Continue reading »

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Erin’s Dream – A RH Song

I wrote this piece for a mid-teen female student of mine who was fun and whimsical and absolutely adored Anne of Green Gables. This is a very pretty piece (it suits the student very well).  Fairly simple RH only song for the piano part, but the teacher part is ‘interesting’. Erin s Dream RH song

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Bronte’s Ballad – A RH Song

Ever had a student break their arm?  It’s heartbreaking when they get sad because they think they can’t play piano. One particularly gorgeous student of mine managed to injure her arm twice.  The first time she got really worried, until I advised her Mother “It’s okay, I can write music for her until her arm &hellip Continue reading »

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Super Mario Brothers

Trying to make violin interesting for the teenage boys is tricky, so in order to balance up the new violin AMEB Technique Book boring stuff (it is absolutely boring!!) and the exam pieces (more interesting – we get to choose those!!), I have stumbled across this: http://www.mariopiano.com/mario-sheet-music-overworld-main-theme.html for piano. I have adapted it as a &hellip Continue reading »

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Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

I have students of many different denominations, which I think is a wonderful thing.  We all share a deep love of music.  One parent asked if I could simplify some hymns so their child could play them. Of course I could, and was happy to do so! So here is one of them:- Immortal Invisible God Only &hellip Continue reading »

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Jon Schmidt – Another favourite pianist of mine

Jon plays some beautiful songs (no, not upside down!):- “Waterfall”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7toBVVK9EA&feature=fvsr “Game Day”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1IvK_rt_wg&feature=relmfu “I Saw Three Ships”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7jZXkxcIgM “Sacred Ground”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OICK1M6s2MQ&feature=related   And with a little help from friends:- “Love Story” (with Viva La Vida) (with Steven Sharp Nelson on the Cello and Bass Drum) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXtVBJDPs6k “Michael Meets Mozart” (again with Steve Nelson): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR94NDIfGmA&feature=relmfu &hellip Continue reading »

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The Ice Cream Truck Song (aka Greensleeves)

Just before my son did his piano practice this morning, he asked me if I could write out “the song the ice-cream truck plays”.  I asked him if he meant ‘Greensleeves’.  He said “I don’t know, Mum…the one the Ice Cream truck plays. It goes like this”, and he proceeded to try his best to &hellip Continue reading »

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Another student with a sore RH – piano song for the LH

Yup, another poor student of mine has injured their right hand.  A very clever student, but a beginner, so I couldn’t use the LH songs I had composed previously.  This called for a new one. So here it is!  My Right Hand It is a beginner piano piece with some legato and staccato, and cluster &hellip Continue reading »

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‘Cheeky Kitten’ Piano Piece

I’ve had a few little tunes meandering around my head, so I thought I’d better start notating them so I can share them.  Having recently looked at some photos of my fluffy friends I had taken, I thought that bunnies really don’t move around very much when they’re this cute.  Kittens on the other hand… A &hellip Continue reading »

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Caterpillar song with LH Harmonics

I decided to be very brave and write a song with LH harmonics.  My students absolutely love playing pieces that don’t quite fit into the ‘normal’ style of playing/composing.  Ones with harmonics, freedom of expression, cluster chords, playing with your fist etc seem to create a lot of enthusiasm, and you can guarantee those pieces &hellip Continue reading »

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