Émile Waldteufel, born on December 9, 1837 was a French pianist, conductor and composer. He is known for Skaters’ Waltz and Dolores.

This arrangement of Dolores is for level 4 piano solo. It gives students an excellent opportunity to work at musical expression, while not being over technical.


Get Dolores Waltz (Waldteufel) | Sheet Music for Piano Solo


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Are you looking for a piece that your kids can start practicing for your New Year’s Eve party? This arrangement is perfect for students that have had 2-3 years of piano lessons.

Get Silent Night | Easy/Beginner Piano Solo



Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace



Here’s an easy to play piano solo for You Raise Me Up, made popular by Josh Groban. It would be a great selection for students that have studied piano for at least four years.

Get You Raise Me Up | Easy Piano Sheet Music on MusicNotes.com


When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me…

Get more lyrics on Google Play Music


The Carnival of Venice became popular as a virtuoso trumpet solo, but makes a wonderful piece for intermediate piano students. This arrangement is written in the key of C Major, and keeps the hands close to C position most of the time, providing for ease of performance.

Get Carnival of Venice | Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano Solo


The Carnival of Venice melody is based on a popular German folk tune, “My hat, it has three corners.” In German it’s “Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken.” The trumpet solo, mentioned earlier, is written in theme and variation form, including plenty of opportunites to play fast scales, arpeggios,  and double and triple tounging. The Arban’s Conservatory Trumpet Method is the most celebrated solo, though cornet player Herbert L. Clark also wrote his own version. Chopin also jumped in with “Souvenir de Paganini”, and dedicated his version to the violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini.



If the experienced teacher is the best teacher, Olive Haffner might just be the best teacher on the planet.


Olive says she loves teaching, and say’s it’s alot like reading the Bible, she’s always discovering something new.

Olive started teaching music lessons during the depression for .25 a lesson. These days she’s teaching the fourth generation of students, as her first students have sent their kids, their kids sent their kids, and their kids sent their kids.

Happy Birthday Olive!




Summer Stars Online Music Festival began accepting sign-ups yesterday.

This online music festival is open to elementary school music students between the age of 6  and 12.

Awards include:

“Shining Stars” win a Trophy and a $25 Gift Card! The top nine students will win this award (3 from each age group.)

“Top Practicer” wins a Trophy and a $25 Gift Card! One student will win this award. Students must practice 16 hours minimum and earn 80 points on their adjudication sheet.

Everyone enrolled student gets a certificate based on their level of achievement and an adjudication sheet which includes helpful tips for growth and tons of encouragement.

“I love your online festival idea because it is very NON threatening and that’s what the kids really like about it too.” – Sarah M.

“Thank you MMF! My son always enjoys the extra motivation.” – Selina H.

If you’d like to sign up it’s not to late. MakingMusicFun.net will be accepting applications though June 20th.


All the info you’ll need to participate is at the following link:

Summer Stars Music Festival FAQ’s | 2016

Want to see a few videos from last years festival?

Summer Stars Showcase 2015

Want to play some super cool circus music? Julius Fuĉík wrote Entry of the Gladiators way back in 1897 and it’s become the sound of the circus. Originally he titled his piece the Grand Marche Chromatique, because of his abundant use of the chromatic scale. He later changed his mind, and named it Entry of the Gladiators to reflect his interest in the Roman Empire.

Get Entry of the Gladiators (Fuĉík) | Sheet Music for Easy Piano



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