3 Dynamite Themed Music Recital Ideas

Many piano teachers will be scheduling music recitals for your students in December, and are already planning for the big day. This post includes a few themed recital ideas to make this recital extra special, along with links to beginner and easy sheet music arrangements your students will love!

Famous Composer Theme
Ask each student to choose his or her favorite composer such as Brahms, Beethoven, or Chopin. Chose a piece for them to learn and have them share a few facts about their composer. IF you want to really go crazy, encourage your students to dress up as the composer they’ve chosen.

Popular Movies Theme
Decorate your studio with movie posters. Ask your students to perform a song from their favorite movie. Serve traditional movie snacks at the reception, like M&M’s, Milk Duds, and buttery popcorn. Create piano recital invitations that look like movie tickets to send home to the parents.

Disney Theme
Host a Disney-themed piano recital. Encourage your students to dress up as their favorite Disney character, such as Ariel, Elsa, Nemo, Jasmine, or Winnie the Pooh. Ask each student to chose and prepare a song from the same movie.

Piano Sheet Music Ideas for Your Recital

Here are a few awesome beginner and easy arrangements. Each one has something that makes it special, and should provide a fun long-term project for your Christmas recital.

Jingle Jazz | Five Christmas Favorites for Easy Jazz Piano Collection/Book

Beyond That Star for Easy Piano Solo by Andrew Fling

Blackbeard’s Ghost for Beginner Piano Solo by Fling

Blackbeard’s Ghost for Easy Piano Solo by Fling

Cantina Band from Star Wars for Easy Piano by John Williams

Catch the Villain for Easy Piano Solo by Fling

Christmas Concerto for Easy Piano Solo by Corelli

Cotton-Eyed Joe for Easy Piano Solo

Grandma’s Gonna Drive the Sleigh (‘Cause Santa’s Got a Cold) for Easy Piano Solo by Fling

He is Born, the Divine Christ Child for Easy Piano Duet

How Far I’ll Go from Moana for Easy Piano

I Saw Three Ships (Jig) for Easy Piano Solo

Jingle Bells Boogie for Easy Piano Solo by Fling

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho for Easy Piano Solo

Theme from Jurassic Park for Easy Piano by John Williams

Malaguena for Easy Piano Solo | Traditional

The Medallion Calls for Easy Piano from Pirates of the Caribbean

Star Wars – Main Theme for Easy Piano by John Williams

Trepak (Nutcracker) for Easy Piano Solo by Tchaikovsky

Up on the Housetop for Easy Piano Solo

Water Music (Theme) for Easy Piano Solo by George Frideric Handel

When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Easy Piano Solo

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Christmas Concerto (Corelli) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, commonly known as the Christmas Concerto has become a celebrated masterpiece.

Download and Print Christmas Concerto (Corelli) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Christmas Concerto (Corelli) |Pastorale ad libitum for Easy Piano Solo

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It was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published in 1714. The concerto includes the inscription:

Fatto per la notte di Natale which means “Made for the Night of Christmas”

The actual composition date is unknown, but there is a record of Corelli offering a public performance of his work in 1690 for the enjoyment of his new patron.

This work consists of six movements, was written for a string ensemble and continuo.

  1. Vivace
  2. Allegro
  3. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
  4. Vivace
  5. Allegro
  6. Largo. Pastorale ad libitum

This sheet music linked to is this post is for the celebrated final movement – a peaceful movement, written in pastoral form.

Get Christmas Concerto (Corelli) |Pastorale ad libitum for Easy Piano Solo

About the Composer
Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist, composer and teacher from the Baroque era. His music was key in the development of sonata and concerto forms, in establishing the violin as a predominant musical instrument (it was a new instrument at the time), and for his contribution to tonality and functional harmony.

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Jingle Jazz | Christmas Music for Easy Jazz Piano (Digital Book)

Looking great recital pieces for your middle through late elementary-level piano students. Jingle Jazz piano book provides five colorful jazz arrangements that introduce young students to the world of jazz – and makes it easy!

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Jingle Jazz | Christmas Music for Easy Jazz Piano (Digital Book)

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Contents

Jingle Bells Boogie (Very Easy)
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (Easy/Intermediate)
Angels We Have Heard on High (Easy/Intermediate)
Away in a Manger (Easy)
O Christmas Tree (Easy/Intermediate)

Download Jingle Jazz | Christmas Music for Easy Jazz Piano (Digital Book)

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Cielito Lindo (Frito Song) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Remember the Frito Bandito song from the late 1960’s and early 1070’s? Cielito Lindo is the song is was based on? This arrangement for easy piano is terrific for students with two-four years for piano lessons.

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Cielito Lindo | Easy Sheet Music for Piano

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Frito Bandito Lyrics
Ay, ay, ay, ay! oh, I am dee Frito Bandito.
I like Fritos corn chips, I love them, I do.
I want Fritos corn chips. I’ll get them, from you.
Ay, ay, ay, ay, oh, I am the Frito Bandito.
Give me Fritos corn chips and I’ll be your friend.
The Frito Bandito you must not offend.

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The Piano Chords Fun Book | Chords and Arranging for Kids

Do you want to teach chords and arranging to your music students?

The Piano Chords Fun Book is a 24 page easy-to-understand resource, including popular left hand accompaniment patterns, tips for accompanying singers and instrumentalists, tips for voicing chords, lead sheets, and the most repinned piano chord chart on Pinterest.

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The Piano Chords Fun Book | Chords and Arranging for Kids

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Contents
Easy to Read Piano Chord Chart (2 Pages)
Examples of Popular Left Hand Accompaniment Patterns
Tips for Accompanying Singers and Instrumentalists
Introduction to Chord Voicing
8 Lead Sheets (Jesus Loves Me, Hot Cross Buns, Baby Bumblebee, Mary Ann, Brahms’ Lullaby, Jingle Bells, Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella and Simple Gifts)
Music Manuscript Paper (2 Pages)

This book makes accompanying easy. It begins with the most popular accompaniment pattern – the boom-chick – and builds from there. The first few pages are devoted to learning how to create arrangements of songs for solo piano. The next part shows students how to accompany singers and instrumentalists. To make your arrangements really sound great two pages are set aside for chord voicing – the art of chord inversions, spacing and chord member doublings. The next section is worth the price of the book all by itself – lead sheets. Eight lead sheets are included (listed in the contents above) to help students get started. After that they can print digital download lead sheets and fake books on  sites like SheetMusicPlus.com and MusicNotes.com. Finally, two pages of music manuscript paper are included to write out a few ideas. Students may have a hard time understanding how the music and the accompaniment patterns fit together in their head, so the manuscript paper will be helpful.

Here are a few pages from the book:

The Piano/Keyboard Chord Chart includes 48 of the most popular piano chords. Unless your students are learning a jazz lead sheet (with rich chord extensions) this piano chord chart should be all they’ll need.

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This page is the first page of instruction, introducing students to left hand accompaniment patterns. Example #1 provides students with an easy to play song – Hot Cross Buns – with the boom-chick accompaniment pattern. Since this book is all about the accompaniment it’s nice to have a simple melody to play. Example #2 show students how to adapt the boom-chick pattern for 3/4 meter to accompany Brahms Lullaby.

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This page is one of the 8 lead sheets included at the end of this book. Each lead sheet includes the melody, chords and lyrics. The list of songs is included in the contents (see above).

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The basics of arranging a song is simply applying “vocabulary of ideas” to a song. The Piano Chords Fun Book is a “vocabulary” builder. Choose one of the patterns included in this book that’s right for your song and you’re on your way to a solid arrangement. Refine it a little with the other tips included in this book and you’re well on the way to greatness!

The Piano Chords Fun Book | Chords and Arranging for Kids

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You Raise Me Up | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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.

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

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Lyrics
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

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Hallelujah (Cohen) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

I’ve had several students over the years ask about playing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. It’s such a great piece. This arrangement should be playable by your intermediate piano students. It’s in the Key of C Major, but you can change the key if you want to introduce a new scale and get them playing more comfortably in a different key.

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Hallelujah (Cohen) | Printable Sheet Music (Easy Piano)

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