Featuring artistic student/teacher duets for beginning students of all ages, Five-Finger Photographs in Black and White is an exceptional collection of six five-finger pieces. Written in a variety of styles and played on exclusively black or white keys, these pieces are excellent for recitals.
This charming pre-reading solo will be a favorite among beginners with its easy black key patterns and delightful lyrics. Students are asked to create wishes, as if they had their own genie. Each time the verse is repeated, a different dynamic level is used.
Here's a "totally awesome" blues piece for the hip elementary student! Written in a modified Middle C position with occasional flats, the piece avoids eighth notes and has minimal hands-together playing.
This colorful recital piece is in Middle C position with staccato seconds imitating the "ruff ruff" and an optional teacher duet. The animated lyrics tell the tale of a precocious pet in a "fun and fast" tempo.
My Kind of Music, Book 1 contains 10 imaginative early elementary to elementary original solos. Each of the solos is an expression of the unique idea stated at the beginning of the piece. These short explanations offer students quick points to focus on in order to creatively interpret the piece. Pieces such as "Making Faces," "Spider vs. Fly," and "Tiger Tracks" are just a few of the descriptive titles to become favorites for your elementary student!
In the Every Day plan for Book 1A, students learn key and time signature recognition; how to count rhythms; interval recognition starting on the guide notes of middle C, treble G, and bass F; pattern identification; and immediate response to articulations and dynamics.
Simply Silly is an imaginative collection of solo pieces that is sure to get your young students singing and laughing as they learn the piano. The music and lyrics encourage creative performance, and inspire students to become story tellers at the piano.
This elementary level piece contains a charming melody accompanied by a simple, yet colorful harmony. The music and the lyrics about Bach and his children make this a truly delightful piece for students to play and sing along with.
Written for one piano four hands, this elementary level duet provides a spirited rhythmic experience that both the primo and secondo parts participate in. Included are opportunities for students to tap a rhythm underneath the piano keys while the other part plays notes on the keys. Each part contains a variety of articulations, with amusing lyrics about Danny the Drummer that your students will love playing together!
This exciting new series will unlock your student’s imagination as they learn, play and perform these fun original solos! Six of the ten pieces are two pages in length; four are three pages long. Three have optional teacher/ sibling duet parts, and even sound great without them. Accidentals are used–no key signatures. Sure to be popular with boys and girls alike, all pieces are suitable for programming.
Your students will love playing this piece because the rhythm is so fun! There are no eighth notes so syncopations occur with tied quarter notes. A cheerful piece where hands are positional–L.H. in D/Dm and R.H. in C/Cm–and accidentals are used. It’s a great “stand alone” sheet (i.e. no duet or lyrics)–a perfect performance piece!
This delightful solo has a formal, classical sound, but includes humorous lyrics that students will love. The melody is played three times during the piece, with the left-hand accompaniment becoming more complex with each repetition. Features a wonderful surprise at the end!
Introduce students to the joy of composing their own music in this first workbook in a new series. Contains seven lesson units (rhythm, melody, harmony, repetition, form, modern music, and review), each divided into four parts: Tool of the Trade (elements of composition), Let's Explore (fun activity to use the tool), Improvise! (experimentation), and Compose Your Own (inspiring start-offs). Enjoy watching the creative spark ignite, as your students exclaim, “This is Music by Me!”
Book 2, written for the elementary to late elementary level student, contains 9 descriptive solos containing a brief thought or point written under the title to guide interpretation. Students will have fun playing these descriptive pieces and making them their own as they declare "Hey! That's my kind of music!"
A collection of expressive solos designed to give students a creative opportunity to experience freedom and exploration through the art of improvisation. Each solo is provided with beginning instructions to direct the student in their improvisation in the section to follow. Each piece concludes with a short written-out ending in the student part, and comes with a teacher accompaniment, as well as recordings with practice and performance tracks.
This three-movement work has a modern style but isn’t dissonant–quite a compositional feat. A good piece for your “classical track” student: it’s energetic; uses creative voice leading and sequences; so cleverly written that it results in the illusion of hands together playing when actually hands play alone.
In the Every Day plan for Book 1B, students learn key and time signature recognition; how to count basic rhythms in time signatures of 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4; interval recognition starting on and around the guide notes of middle C, treble G, treble C, and bass C; pattern identification; and immediate response to articulations and dynamics.
Something’s Under My Bed is a clever solo for the elementary piano student that features a playfully mysterious melody, highlighted in the low register of the piano, staccato and legato touches, a moderate use of accidentals, and fun lyrics. A great choice!
The Best of Kevin Olson, Book 1, is an exceptional collection of student favorites from this prolific and popular composer. Contents include: A Dinosaur in My Backyard, Scary Larry, Rolling Peas, The Hermit Crab Cha-Cha, Somethin' Spicy, Island Song, The Secret Agent, Nocturne, and Elephant Stomp.
A delightful elementary piece that engages students in coordinating both hands playing at the same time and in rapid succession. It comes with an optional teacher duet and will introduce students to using the damper pedal, and observing accidentals. Students will also practice legato playing and notes separated by frequent rests.
A clever piece that playfully describes a riddle about a boy named Ray who practiced Every Day. Written in the key of F major and in 4/4 , this piece contains long legato lines, and a left hand accompaniment that sometimes uses a B natural. Just in case you cannot figure out the riddle, the answer is at the end of the piece!
Concerto Bravo is a late-intermediate piece that students will love to tackle. Imaginative and invigorating, this piece challenges students to step up to the plate, play their best, and put what they've learned in lessons to practice in this creative addition to late intermediate repertoire.
One of the hippest pieces to come along in years, this two-piano concerto features a student part and a teacher (or somewhat more advanced student) part. The rocking first and third movements are contrasted by a slow and beautifully lyrical second movement.
This mysterious Egyptian-sounding piece is written for the late elementary level student. The A section contains a haunting single note melody while the B section has an interesting change in mood using a LH melody with RH triads moving downward step wise in a rhythmic fashion. The A section then returns to end the piece.
This second Music by Me continues to play out the creative joy of the first. Book Two has the seven familiar units (rhythm, melody, harmony, bass patterns, musical form, modern music, and review), each divided into four: Tool of the Trade, Let's Explore, Improvise!, and Compose Your Own. Humorous and light touches abound, such as "Breakfast Food Rhythms," and "The Three Bears Improv," plus clearer references such as "Dominant Detective" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Chords."
Becoming proficient with five-finger patterns in all keys increases fluency in note reading, technique, theory, and sight reading. By playing pentascales in each major and minor key, students integrate improvisation, transposition, ear training, and other musical skills including composing their own original music. This book proceeds in order of ascending sharps and flats. In each unit, one new key is explored and a previous one reviewed. Features two puzzles, speed drills, and extra pattern practice in the back of the book. Can be useful for all ages – private or group students.
Book 2 expands upon the concepts from Book 1 that teach improvisational techniques. Some of the techniques covered in Book 2 are: utilizing intervals of a second, third, fourth, and fifth; pentascales; and black key pieces. This book also includes recordings.
Kevin Olson wrote this collection of pieces with all young piano students in mind, knowing how exciting it is to play music that sounds harder than it really is. From the energetic piece The Secret Agent, to the tranquil melody of Nocturne, these pieces will add enjoyment to the student's practice time.
In the Every Day plan for Book 2A, students learn key and time signature recognition; how to count basic rhythms that include eighth notes; interval and pattern recognition through major five-finger patterns; single-line music played between the hands; immediate response to articulations; dynamics; and beginning transposition.
In the Every Day plan for Book 2B, students learn triads and begin to play pieces with both hands together on two staffs. Attention is given to different articulations and dynamics, and students are asked to transpose short pieces to the nearest keys. In addition, students learn to "plan" for note and rhythmic accuracy, correct articulations, and a good sound. Helpful suggestions guide students to think before they play, and not to stop once they have started. Students are also asked to count rhythmic examples out loud and clap, tap, point, snap their fingers, and march. Developing these important skills lays the proper foundation for music making and fosters stellar piano playing.
In the Every Day plan for Book 3A, students learn and practice different rhythmic activities with accent markings, focusing on the dotted quarter note rhythm followed by eighth notes. Tonic and dominant chords are explored, as well as melodic and harmonic intervals of major and minor 2nds and 3rds, and perfect 4ths and 5ths. Extending the usual five-finger pattern by crossing the second finger over the thumb is taught, as well as learning transposition of up to a fifth interval. Students will develop important skills such as eye, ear, and hand coordination through carefully crafted exercises, and will help turn your students into young artists.
This late elementary sheet in D minor offers opportunities to play quick hand shifts, legato and staccato touches, contrasting dynamics, and changing fingers on repeated notes. It uses the full range of the keyboard and requires fast fingers.
This early intermediate level piece will be a favorite for any student with its steady up-tempo rock beat and blues-scale licks. The "good news" for teachers is that this piece is not only fun for students, but also offers important musical and technical details for the student to focus on.
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 recordings, and MIDI files are available as free downloads below.
An expressive melodic piece written in G minor with sections of arpeggios in contrary motion. Consists of a metric modulation from 4/4 to 3/4 and then back to 4/4 time. A great performance piece for the late intermediate student.
This soft but eerie waltz with an air of mystery is great for Halloween or any time of the year! The left hand alternates between two minor chords in each section while the right hand plays the spooky melody with close but frequent hand shifts. It’s easy to memorize and will be a studio favorite.
Hungry Mosquitoes embraces a clever use of contemporary sounds to convey the insistent buzzing sounds of mosquitoes. This composition consists mostly of rapid staccato eighth notes played in succession producing patterns that are easy to grasp, while being extremely pianistic. A great little toccata!
This brand new collection of early intermediate original jazz solos by Kevin Olson and Edwin McLean is sure to open the door for students to discover a new avenue of self-expression and originality! Through these creative new pieces students are encouraged to explore the variety of styles within the jazz idiom and experiment with their own unique improvisatory ideas!