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 II 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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Carefree

This is a cute song in A major. It has a happy intro, and a very carefree spirit about it. I'm
sure after you learn it, you will feel the happiness, and not have a care in the world!

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I Love Chocolate Bars

I'm thinking this title is self explanatory. Yes, I love chocolate. So much that I actually became allergic to it in my forties probably because I was eating too much of it. Sigh. Anyhow– it is a quick, lively tune in G major. Have your pedal foot ready, and follow the fingering, especially in the last line. And have a Twix (or two) for me!

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Reflection

This is a song I wrote as I was reflecting on my past. It's written in A major, so not a sad reflection! (There's that optimism in me coming out again) Watch the tied notes – don't replay them. Left hand has to work at crossing over – make sure you reach.

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Pouting

I don't think there is a person alive who hasn't had a good pout! The left hand skips down, and then back up – very fun! Watch the right hand especially – it's very quick and has tricky fingering. You're also going to need a lot of work from measures 17 – 23, as the left hand crosses over and back quickly, and then you move to fast octaves. Keep them crisp and even. The last measure is a doozy, lots of practice needed to get the octave jump in the right hand down to the low G, and in perfect timing.

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Daydreaming

Another favorite pastime. I like to sit, think, dream, and stare out the window, especially on a rainy day. This is a slow song in F major that leads into the relative minor for some though provoking daydreams, and then returns back to the tonic. Your left hand gets a workout from crossing over, but the pedal will help keep it smooth.

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Argument

We all have them at one time or another. This song is very advanced, as it will require you to work HARD to be able to play all the notes up to speed. Your staccato's need to be crisp and short, and the crescendos are needed to make it dramatic. Measure 36 to 37 will be the hardest part of the song: both hands leap an octave away and need to land on the right notes. This will require you to play it at least 10-15x a day, for sure! The last notes need to be explosive – remember, this song is about an ARGUMENT! Convince your listener….

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Frenzy

This describes me on a day when I have too much to do, and not enough time to do it. Written in the lovely key of C minor, but it starts on the dominant where it is expressing it's frenzy, until it calmly works its way back to the tonic. Pound those accented notes – don't be afraid to hurt the piano. Build up those crescendos to a forte, and then wrap it up at the end.

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Enemies

The tune I heard in my head when I wrote this was "I don't like you, and I'm not going to be your friend." Now, this wasn't me directing it to that person, this is what I felt that they were saying to me. It's E minor, which of course can express much more angst than a happy major key. Watch out for the pedaling – not too much, keep it light. It builds and builds until you are crashing with some octaves. Measure 37 gives you some fast grace notes – play them quickly with fast pedal. Build to a VERY loud ending.

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Social Butterfly

What comes to your mind when you think of a social butterfly? I think of someone who is friendly, and likes to flit around, talking and chatting with everyone! So, this song is written in the happy key of G major, and is very light (right hand plays in the higher register) to give it a butterfly feel. Don't forget the f sharps.

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Mischievous

I certainly know how to be mischievous and have fun, and this song is certainly fun to play! Both hands need to play detached – not staccato, but not legato either. Don't forget to add in the dynamics! In measure 25, the beginning G is held for the entire measure, so make sure you use the right fingering!

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Green Eyes

Green Eyes: You guessed it! I do in fact have green eyes. My mom always wanted them to be blue, and tried to convince me they were blue. We always argued until I was sixteen and went to get my driver's license. The guy at the counter asked my eye colour and I called out green, while my mom called out blue. The guy leaned over the counter – looked deep in my eyes and pronounced "GREEN!" Remembering that memory triggered a tune, and can you hear it when you start this lovely green eyed piece in A major. It sings, "green eyes, yes I have green eyes." Very easy song written in 6/8 time.

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Content

I have learned to be content, no matter what situation I am in! I think that's also part of being an optimist….! I love beautiful bright keys, so this is written in B major. It can look overwhelming with all those sharps, but it honestly gives it a much better sound rather than transposing it to C major. Follow the exact fingering! There are some double sharps to watch out for in measure 22, as well as some tricky counting in measure 20. These measures will need a little bit of extra practice – don't shy away from them!

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Casual Stroll

This really is a casual song, in A major to keep it bright. Don't start too fast – it's a casual stroll, not a quick stroll. The phrasing needs to be followed exactly! Short on the staccato's, and smooth on the legato's.

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Regret

If there's anything I can't stand, its regret. Therefore, it is my plan not to have any more! However, this piece reflects the regret I do have, and so accordingly it's in a minor key, with pedal. This song will really, really help improve your B minor chords, and arpeggios. Watch out for the A#'s, they are tricky, and of course it's tough for the left hand to be playing on all black keys. Molto means much– don't forget to slow down at the end.

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Optimist

Since I have already admitted that I am an optimist, how could I NOT write a song about it! This song is happy and bright, in the key of A major. One needs to have sharps in order to be bright! Phrasings need to be followed exactly – don't forget the staccato notes. The right hand has triplets at the end – keep them steady and smooth, don't rush!

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