Through the Window Pane
Created as a companion “prequel” to the composer’s first collection, A Child’s Garden of Verses, this collection features seven accessible solos for pianists at an earlier stage of study. The purpose of each piece continues to be that of exploring the tonal palette of the piano, while discreetly reinforcing a single important musical concept (such as hand-to-hand phrasing, left hand melody, arm weight, extensions to a 6th, etc.). This inspiring collection aims to support students in the transition to early classical repertoire. Suitable to be used during the second year of piano study.
A Child’s Garden of Verses
This acclaimed album was composed to encourage young pianists to explore the poetry inherent in music. Consisting of eight piano solos based on the composer’s favorite poems from Robert Louis Stevenson’s collection of the same title, these imaginative “etudes in disguise” encourage the student to focus on making the piece sound like the poem. All pieces explore use of the whole keyboard while limiting difficulty to the main musical or technical concept being reinforced. A life-saver for teachers needing to fill that “black hole” at the late elementary to early intermediate level of teaching, the pieces in this collection are a mainstay on festival and examination lists in North America. Also a favorite with the adult or college class piano student!
Have you ever struggled to convey the importance of sonatina form to your student? Using the exciting imagery of the circus ring and its characters, this collection contains two complete sonatinas at the Elementary level: Big Top Sonatina and Circus Sonatina. The movements of each sonatina explore contrasting musical ideas, from the leaping acrobatics of Circus Sonatinas to the ferocious fff ending of The Big-Top Sonatina. The composer includes her trademark “piece for boys” in the last movement of each sonatina, although girls love them too! “Circus Secrets” are at the back of the book, providing important teaching support.
Level: Late Elementary-Early Intermediate
Buy: The Royal Conservatory