First, congratulations to Sara, Chris and Leticia for winning a free code to Waay–a hip app that teaches the theory behind songwriting. This tutorial app passes the hard-to-please teen test. Check it out here.
Speaking of teens…
In this recent app giveaway, I asked readers to leave a comment about how they inspire teens. Most everyone commented on the importance of building a relationship with teen students. Did you know that your relationship with your students is one of the five key factors that impact student motivation? I’ve recently developed a new presentation called “Nurturing Potential into Passion” and found some fascinating facts about motivation. Relationships matter!
More on that later as I want to get to another topic of discussion in the comment section: finding repertoire for teens and specifically repertoire from the Classical genre.
Other teachers have asked me similar questions. What Classical pieces do you recommend to students? Which ones will appeal to teens? In what order do you teach these pieces?
In response to these questions, I’ll be starting a page dedicated to repertoire that stands the test of time AND teens.
Here’s a short list to get it started. These pieces featured below came to my mind immediately because for at least one student on my bench, they were a game changer and catapulted a pianist into a new level of inspired playing.
I would GREATLY appreciate your input. In the comments below, let me know if this list would be helpful. If so, I’ll flesh it out more with links to books, etc.
Next, if you like this idea, I’d love for you to contribute. Leave the title, composer and if possible, the book or collection of your favorite classics that connect with your students. I hope to grow this list into something that can be helpful in a pinch.
From the Classics
“Arabesque” by Burgmueller
“Wild Horseman” by Schumann
“Sonatina Op 36 No 1” by Clementi
“Ballade” by Burgmueller
“Avalanche” by Heller
“Solfeggietto” by CPE Bach
“Nocturne” in Em by Chopin
“Prelude No 1, 2 and/or 3” by Gershwin
“Fantaisie Impromptu” by Chopin
“Sonata K545” by Mozart
“Golligwog’s Cakewalk” by Debussy
“Arabesque No 1” by Debussy
Fresh Arrangements of Classical Literature
Why not introduce the classics via a fresh arrangement like the Piano Guys do!
“Winter Window Frost” by Vivaldi arr by Leila Viss (the studio license is down to $4.88 right now so get it here.)
“Winter” by Vivaldi arr by Lorie Line
Big Publisher Finds
These titles may not be considered “Classical” but, I still want to create this list because the work of some terrific composers often gets buried under the mounds of sheet music from larger publishers. And, these titles are teen tested and approved!
“Impressions on Red” and “Impressions on Yellow” from Impressions on Color by Kevin Olson
“Jazz Suite” by Glenda Austin
“Firefly” by Billotti
This is just a start. MANY titles are missing as well as the links to where to purchase. Please let me know if such a list would be helpful to you. Next, please let me know what you would add to the list!
Looking forward to hearing from you,