Benefits of Studying Music

  • Creativity
  • Self Expression
  • Self Discipline
  • Concentration
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Determination
  • Responsibility
  • Coordination
  • Intellectual Stimulation
  • Listening Skills
  • Expanded Education
  • Poise
  • Confidence
  • Important Hobby

 

Expectations of a Music Student

  • Regular attendance
  • Adequate daily practice
  • Punctuality
  • Respect
  • Attentiveness
  • Prompt payment

Pieces of Me - Book I Digital Music Files


DISCLAIMER:
The music program used to create these song recordings is limited in it's ability to read music notation and markings. Please note that these pieces do not sound exactly as these recordings portray, especially in regard to pedalling, and back to regular speed markings (a tempo). The program also cannot "swing" – so you will hear the straight rhythmic pattern instead.

 

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon

I actually imagined a lazy, straw chewing cowboy when I wrote this! Close your eyes and see what you can imagine as you play the main melody. Don't forget to pound the accents for effect! I Love the lower octave at the end of the piece, it finishes off the lazy day nicely. ZzzZzzZzzZ. ©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Waiting

The thoughts conjured in my head were waiting for a phone call. Waiting, waiting, waiting, and hoping that it would come. Staring at the phone, willing it ring. It is a bit reflective, and I chose the key of E+ because it is bright. This needs lots of expression – add in crescendos for effect. ©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Confrontation

It is fast, furious, and abrupt. That's what happens when you confront! Watch out for the tricky fingering at the beginning. Don't forget to keep those staccato notes CRISP! I want to hear the rests between the notes too! Excellent practice for B minor triads and octaves. ©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Best Friend

I wrote this with a particular friend in mind, and I hear lyrics in my head as I play it. You will not! Lots of left hand work needed in this song – it's not overly hard, but tricky when you try to play it up to speed. ©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Cute Couple

Written about my stepson and his wife. They are cute together! This song is again in a bright key, A+ and is light and "fluffy". Does it make you imagine a young couple in love?

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Rushing

I'm always rushing. Out of bed. Out of the house. Drive to school. Pick up from Dance. Rush to church. Time to make dinner. RUSH RUSH RUSH! Can you feel the rush? This is excellent work for the right hand – remember to keep those notes steady (especially all five fingers in a row) and don't rush them! An even tempo please!

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Tug of War

Sometimes things pull us in two different directions, and we just don't know which way to go. Should I go this way? Or that. Should I take French, or German? Jeans or sweatpants? Hmmm. So many choices. Listen to the left hand – it's trying to make up its mind. Should I go up? Or should I go down. You decide! Don't forget to add in the dynamics, or it won't sound dramatic enough!

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Happy Thoughts

Ever drink too much pop? I'm thinking Coke….and this song is the result. Happy thoughts, all the way! The opening will test your fingering skills. You'll have to practice to play it perfectly, and up to speed. The very last measure completes the happiness….feel it, or go have a coke and then smile! ©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Opposites Attract

The very opening melody sings "opposites attract" – can you hear it? I of course was thinking of myself and my husband. We are opposite, but yet so alike. And it's true – opposites DO attract. Written in E+, one of my favorite keys, because it has so many sharps and it's BRIGHT!

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Higgledy Piggledy

I started this song with a definite idea in my head, and as I listened to it over and over, the words Higgledy Piggledy jumped into my head. So – this song named itself. Clever huh! Be careful in measures 22 – 29, get the notes perfect without having to slow down. Add in light, quick pedaling to give it a finished, perfect sound. Crescendos are a MUST for this song – do not even try to attempt to play it without dynamics.

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Surprise

You know those moments when someone surprises you? Usually a birthday party or something like that…well, that's what I thought of while writing this. Fast fingering in this one – there are some measures you will need to play 10x a day until perfect! Work on the last measure to get perfect timing from one octave to the next without a gap. Pedal foot ready!

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Caffeine Fix

Yes, I drink coke, but I am a TEA GRANNY. Yep, caffeine all the time for this piano player/composer. What happens when I have too much? I talk louder and faster. That's what happens in this song. It starts off reasonably, and then by the end there is lots of rushing notes, to be played quickly and efficiently. Work hard at getting them even. Excellent scale practice!

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Impatient

Okay, I admit I get this way sometimes. Usually in the car. And then when I get that slowpoke in front of me, I get a little uh…..steamed! The left hand gets a work out in this song – lots of octaves, and jumps into the lower register. The ending is loud and dramatic! Don't hold the final note too long…

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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Pondering

Are you a thinker? Do you like to stew over things, ponder it? This is me, thinking about it….thinking about it….thinking about it one more time, and then moving on. You can "hear" the thinking – listen closely! Follow the phrasing exactly, or it will not have the desired effect. It's in the perfect key of Eb+ - a little bit bright, but yet subdued. Flats will do that…

©2011 Lionhead Publishing

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I'm Really Sorry

Okay, I messed up. I said something that I shouldn't have. So, I wrote this song as an apology. The opening begins "I'm really sorry, for-give me." Play it carefully – did you hear it? Key of D+, because it needed a bit of brightness. The middle section explains the angst of what was said, and then the apology once more. Watch those A#'s, they can be tricky.

©2011 Lionhead Publishing