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Sight Reading & Rhythm Every Day®
Let's Get Started!, Book B
Helen Marlais, Kevin Olson, and Julia Olson

FJH2171 / 6.50

Fun subject matter, fanciful lyrics and happy illustrations motivate students to practice their sight reading every day! Fun in the Sun, At the Farm, and Weather Watching are some of the engaging themes presented in the seven units. Interval recognition includes 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths from Guide Notes Middle C, Treble C, and Bass C. These carefully crafted exercises develop eye, ear, and hand coordination where students learn to play musical examples from beginning to end without stopping.

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Play Your Scales & Chords Every Day®
Book 2
Helen Marlais

FJH2174 / 7.95

This book presents one octave major scales and arpeggios in the order of the Circle of Fifths. Features fingering charts, practice suggestions, Technique Tips and Did It! boxes, and four pages of detailed photos that show a step-by-step approach to playing scales. Students acquire a technique that is consistent, musical, and easy!

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Succeeding with a Notespeller, Grade 2B
Helen Marlais and Cynthia Coster

FJH2209 / 7.95

This artistic book with brilliant colors and clever activities is so attractive that children can’t wait to turn the pages to see what comes next! Note reading is reinforced with emphasis on intervals. Some of the concepts are: reading ledger lines above, below and in between the grand staff; intervals of a 6th; enharmonics; and C, G, D, A, and F scales. Any 2nd-3rd year student will benefit from the note reading and intervallic drills covered in this attractive 40-page supplemental book.

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Easy Solo-ettes
David Karp

FJH2040 / 5.95

Elementary/Late Elementary
These imaginative and artistic solos, written to develop keyboards skills and musical awareness, are perfect for young students as well as adults. A diversity of sounds and styles will keep students motivated. These pieces are easy to learn, fun to practice, and exciting to perform. A few easy hand shifts occur, and there is light use of pedal. Titles include: First Toccatina, Valse française, March, and Slavic Dance.

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A Leaf Collection, Book 3
Mary Leaf

FJH2094 / 5.95

Early Intermediate/Intermediate
A creative collection designed to engage students’ emotions and imagination with a variety of keys, moods, meters, and modes. Some of the styles and titles include: Distant Shores—a lyrical waltz; The Piper’s Jig—lively in D mixolydian; Secret Mission—upbeat and jazzy; and Merlin’s Vision—a new age sound in ø= meter. No sixteenth notes are used. This book will appeal to students and audiences alike!

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Look at Me!
Kevin Costley

FJH2222 / 5.95

Elementary/Late Elementary
This delightful collection of songs from the child’s point of view presents snapshots of everyday events. All pieces have lyrics and the titles include: Make a Wish With a Friend, There’s a Monster in My Closet, and I Have the “Purr-fect Cat.” The second half of the book introduces eighth notes with easy rhythms. Optional teacher duets offer additional recital possibilities.

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Blues Improv (with CD)
Edwin McLean and Kevin Olson

FJH2183 / 8.95

Early Intermediate
There are nine units in this book, starting with the basic blues scale in C, then moving to the keys of D, G, A, and E. Each unit has four parts: a blues scale; an illustrative short original piece; a "riff improv" where students can combine riffs in any order; and finally, a free improv that allows students to use riffs already learned as well as improvise new ones. This step-by-step approach ensures progress, always building on previously learned skills. Includes a CD, and MIDI files are available as free downloads below.

Download all MIDI files here. (.zip archive)

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Bravissimo! Book 4
Timothy Brown

FJH2186 / 6.50

Intermediate
This winning collection of nine original solos features Timothy Brown at his best! The various styles range from a swing to a lyrical waltz to a fiery toccata. All of these titles could be programmed on a recital, and are good preparatory pieces to the late-intermediate literature.

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October Moonlight
Jeanne Costello

P2009 / 2.95

Elementary
The melody weaves between the hands in this five-finger position piece with one shift for L.H. Accidentals are used in the student part and the teacher’s duet is in C minor. The lyrics tell the tale of a moon rising in October. Chosen for NFMC 2014-2016 Festival Bulletin in the Pre-Primary piano solo event.

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Arabian Nights
Jeanne Costello

P2010 / 2.95

Early Intermediate
A flowing, haunting melody starts in D minor and then modulates to A minor halfway through. There is continuous use of eighth notes and pedal throughout with many dynamic contrasts. Chosen for NFMC 2014-2016 Festival Bulletin in the Elementary II piano solo event.

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A Rainbow in the Sky
Jeanne Costello

P2011 / 2.95

Elementary
A lyrical melody with short phrases is easy to sing along with in this “almost” Middle C position piece. Lyrics portray the beauty of a rainbow. There is minimal use of hands together–only playing unison and then the same phrase 8va at the end. Chosen for NFMC 2014-2016 Festival Bulletin in the Pre-Primary piano solo event.

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The Hungry Lion
Mary Leaf

W9394 / 2.95

Late Elementary
Marked “pacing and prowling” the A minor mode and descriptive lyrics tell of a very hungry lion who is ready to eat anything! Constant hands-together playing (eighth notes in the R.H. and longer note values in the L.H.) with just a few hand shifts keeps this piece within the range of a late 2nd-year student.

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Power Drive
Edwin McLean

W9411 / 2.95

Late Elementary
The L.H. plays the interval of a 5th an octave lower throughout this cool rock piece in D minor while R.H. plays short call and response riffs. Put this in your “pupil saver” file! Although it might be referred to as a “boy” piece, girls will really enjoy it too.

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Glider Pilot
Edwin McLean

W9412 / 2.95

Elementary
A lyrical piece with short phrases that starts in the key of F and smoothly modulates to G. The R.H. remains in a 5-finger position while L.H. has some thumb tuck-unders. Students aged 8-80 will enjoy this piece!

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