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1st Inversion Triad Boogie

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This piece with a relaxed tempo in 4/4 time, is in the Key of C Major. The right hand drills the student on descending 1st inversion triads, while the left hand does a boogie bass with swinging eighth note patterns. A fun piece for students to practice 1st inversion triads.

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Black Hat Boogie

Piano Solo
Level: Late Elementary

This piece is in G minor 5-finger pattern. Its lively boogie rhythm and Halloween theme makes it a fun piece for students on a level 2 to learn and play.

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Bumper Car Blues

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This piece is written for Intermediate students who are interested in jazz and improvisation. Its lively tempo and swing rhythm makes it a fun piece to play as well.

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Candy Corn Rag

Piano Solo
Level: Late Elementary

This piece is on a level 2b. It begins in C Major 5-finger hand position, with the right hand moving to a higher C, then D position as the piece progresses. It has a lively, 4/4 ragtime rhythm.

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Cotton Candy Rag

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

A lively ragtime piece in 4/4 time, "Cotton Candy Rag" is a great piece for the intermediate student to learn for a recital or just for fun.

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Fizzy Dizzy Boogie Rag

Piano Duet
Level: Beginner

With both parts written in Middle C hand position, this piece makes for a fun and easy recital duet for beginners. It's also a great hit with audiences!

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Half-time Boogie

Piano Solo with Teacher's Part
Level: Beginner

This is a beginning piece for students who like to play ball as well as the piano. The right hand is in a D pattern, and the left hand in a middle C pattern. A teacher's part is included.

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Halloween Boogie-Boo

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This rhythmic piece is fun for Halloween. It begins in a low C 5-finger pattern and moves to the dominant and subdominant positions as the piece progresses. The left hand plays a boogie bass pattern throughout.

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Lady Bug Rag

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This lively ragtime piece is for students who are playing on a level 3 - 4. It is written in the key of C Major.

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Lazy Day Blues

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

Beginning in an A Major hand position, this moderate blues piece has a relaxed tempo with a lazy "swing" to it. The hand position moves and extends from the beginning 5-finger pattern as the piece progresses in an easy, accessible way. The pedal is used and is marked clearly in each measure.

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Maple Leaf Rag

Piano Duet
Level: Intermediate

Written for 1 piano, 4 hands, this duet is an arrangement of Scott Joplin's popular ragtime piece which was originally published as a piano solo in 1899. It's lively, ragtime rhythm makes it just as popular today, and twice the fun when played as a duet.

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Milk Shake Rag

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This original ragtime piece is written in the key of C Major in 4/4 time, with a moderate swing for the eighth notes. The middle part modulates to the Key of F Major, then returns to C Major at the end. Students will love the popular ragtime style.

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O Christmas Tree

Jazz Waltz

Piano Solo
Level: Late Intermediate

This Christmas carol of German origin is arranged in a casual jazz style with a light swing to it.

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Peacherine Rag

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This piece is a simplified arrangement of the Scott Joplin original. It has a lively tempo and the syncopated, "ragged" rhythm typical of all ragtime pieces.

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Piper's Son Blues

Jazz Piano Solo with Improvisation
Level: Intermediate

This piece, written from the blue's scale beginning on D, allows students to do some of their own improvising on that scale. The 4/4 rhythm invites the performer to swing the eighths for that relaxed, "bluesy" feel students enjoy playing.

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Pleasant Moments

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This is a slow ragtime waltz, written by Scott Joplin and arranged for the level 3-4 student. In the key of C Major, it contains a syncopated 3/4 rhythm.

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Railroad Crossing Blues

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in the Key of G Major, this piece is ideal for the intermediate student interested in jazz and improvising.

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Summer Surfin' Blues

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This fun piece is written with a fast swing tempo in 4/4 time. In the key of C Major, it is easily accessible for students playing on a level 3.

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