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.

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

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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!

Get 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!

Get The Piano Chords Fun Book | Chords and Arranging for Kids

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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

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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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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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Here’s an intermediate arrangement of Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My) from Angry Birds the Movie. This arrangement can be transposed to an easier key after payment. There’s also a music player so you can listen to the arrangement.

Get Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My-Angry Birds) | Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics

Verse 1
Mi oh my, when the light hits your smile
There’s a fire that ignites at the bottom of my heart
Ooh mi oh my, if we open our eyes
I think we’re both gonna find that it’s a wonderful life

Chorus
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side

Verse 2
All of our friends, feet in the sand
Beneath the stars it never ends
And we got no explanation cause there’s no expectations
Just beautiful faces and nowhere to go

Chorus
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side
Mi oh my, it’s a wonderful life
It’s wonderful life with you by my side

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Interested in teaching your students a bit more than just the music? This digital print edition provides teachers with a two page easy/intermediate arrangement of Ode to Joy, and composer biography written for kids, and worksheets to help your students remember what they read.

Get Ode to Joy | Sheet Music for Piano – Play and Learn™ Edition

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Contents
Ode to Joy for Intermediate Piano – 2 Pages
Hey Kid’s, Meet Ludwig van Beethoven | Composer Biography
Ludwig van Beethoven | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application

About the Word Search
The word search worksheet is designed to help build reading skills. The search words are included on the About page of the packet, but not on the worksheet, so students are challenged to search for keywords in the biography. What define the life and work of Beethoven are the words to search out.

About the Meet the Composer Job Application
This worksheet asks students fill out a job application out for the composer. They should include every fact they can find in the composer biography.

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I recently printed this arrangement of Imagine Dragons It’s Time from MusicNotes.com. My student loves it and has had great success with it. There’s quite a bit of music to learn, but there’s also quite a bit that is repetitive. The repetitiveness has given him a really chance at concoring the piece in a reasonable amount of time. The arrangement is ideal for students in level 4 or level 5 piano lesson books.

 

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