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A Christmas Sonatina

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

"Jolly Old St. Nicholas", "O Christmas Tree", and "Jingle Bells" are the three Christmas pieces that make up this intermediate sonatina. It begins in the key of C Major with the first movement, then changes to the key of G Major for the last two.

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A Valentine Waltz (or Be Mine in 3/4 Time)

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This whimsical waltz is written in the key of D Major. The patterns created throughout the piece are easy to learn, and the fingering is precise and clear. It's a fun solo for students on an intermediate level.

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About Strange Lands and People

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This is a simplified arrangement of Robert Schumann's first piece from "Scenes from Childhood" Opus 15. It is written in the key of C Major, in 3/4 time (the original key signature was G Major, with a 2/4 time signature that used triplets).

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Aeolian Harp Strings

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This piece is written in the Aeolian mode beginning on A, giving it a mysterious, ancient sound. It has been composed using a motif from the Composing Level 6-5 sheet in the theory section of this site. Students are encouraged to use the composing sheet to create their own version of this piece.

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A Merry Olde March

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This lively piece in 4/4 time is on the same level as the "March in D" from the Anna Magdalena notebook. It begins in G Major and modulates to C Major, making use of scale passages along the way.

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Agitation

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This piano solo is an arrangement of the Mendelssohn Opus 53, No. 3 piece in the key of G Minor. It has been simplified for students who are playing on a level 5-6. It is not recommended for competitions or festivals because it is an arrangement, but can be fun to learn as a recital piece or as an introduction to the original solo which can be added later to the advanced student's repertoire.

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An Irish Ballad

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in the key of A Major, this expressive piece plays like a "Song without Words". It contains a strong, lyrical melody that has a definite Irish character to it.

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At the End of the Rainbow

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in the key of C Major and modulating to F Major, this piece allows students on a level 3-4 to play in a lyrical style, using dynamics and phrasing in an expressive way.

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Bagatelle

Piano Solo or Two-Piano Duet
Level: Intermediate

This short piece, written by Beethoven, has been partnered with a second piano part on the same level as the original. You can download only the original piece to be used as a solo, or both parts for an interesting two-piano duet.

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Be Thou My Vision

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

The melody of this piano solo is taken from an Irish Hymn Tune. Its simple, reverent setting makes it perfect for church meetings, offertories, preludes, and special musical numbers.

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Blessed Assurance

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This beautiful hymn tune by Phoebe Knapp has been arranged in 6/8 time in the key of D Major. It has a relaxed, flowing style that moves the melody forward in an expressive way.

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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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Carol of the Bells

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This traditional Ukrainian Christmas carol, a favorite with students, has been arranged on a level 3-4.

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Christmas Carol Medley

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This lively medley in 6/8 time uses the English Carol "I Saw Three Ships" and the French Carol "Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella" in an ABA form. It's a good piece to learn just for fun or for a special Christmas recital or performance.

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This hymn arrangement is on an intermediate level and can be given to grade 3 - 4 students interested in adding sacred music to their repertoire.

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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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Dawn

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in 3/4 time with a moderate tempo, this piece begins in the Key of A Minor, modulating into A Major for a "lift" in its original mood. It returns to A Minor briefly, then ends with a picardy 3rd on the last chord. Students on an intermediate level will find it rewarding and fun to play.

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Etude in D Major

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This technical study will help students with legato and staccato touches, correct fingering of scale passages and broken chords, and playing at an even "allegretto" tempo while doing them.

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Ferris Wheel

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in the Key of G Major, this broken chord etude is excellent for students who are starting to learn extended fingering outside the beginning 5-finger patterns.

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Gigue

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This fast dance in a lively 6/8 meter is written in the key of D Major. It's almost like a dance for the hands too, once the fingers have been carefully choreographed into their precise patterns.

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Joshua Fit the Battle

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This well known spiritual has the words included for a sing-a-long with accompaniment, but can also be played as a piano solo. It's set in the key of e minor.

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Kum Ba Yah

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in 6/4 time, this arrangement of a well known African folk song keeps a steady beat as it moves from the key of G major to D major.

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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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Legend of Loch Morar

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

The inspiration for this intermediate solo was taken from one of Scotland's beautiful lakes. It is a flowing piece, written in the key of G minor.

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Lilac Days

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This is a lovely piece written in the key of A Major. It has a delicate, simple melody in the right hand with a lot of left hand movement supporting it. It's a good piece for older intermediate students, especially adults, who want to learn something they can enjoy playing.

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Little Prelude

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in the key of A minor, this short piece has a classical feel to it that will appeal to older students on this level.

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Martha's Minuet

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This original piano solo written in the Key of G Major, is in the style of a classical-era minuet.

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Midnight Waltz

Piano Solo
Level: Early Intermediate

This is an easy piece, written in the key of C Minor. It allows students on a level 3 to work on their phrasing technique as they learn to play the haunting right hand melody. The left hand contains broken primary triads, with a cross-hand arpeggio at the end.

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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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Morning Has Broken

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Taken from the old Gaelic folk tune "Bunessan", this hymn arrangement is perfect to play for church offertories as well as student recitals.

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Morning Has Broken

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This melody, made into a simple arrangement, is from the traditional Scottish Gaelic tune known as "Bunessan".

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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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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This hymn was brought to the "New World" in the early 1600's. It soon became a favorite in the American colonies. It is still sung today as a traditional Thanksgiving hymn.

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Princess of Arabia

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

A flowing 3/4 rhythm gives this piece an exotic, peaceful sound. Left hand patterns make it easy for the level 2-3 student to learn.

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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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Reverie

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This intriguingly simple piece, written in the Key of G Major, is accessible to level 4-5 students. It is in 4/4 meter and marked "rubato".

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Safari Adventure

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This is a rhythmic piece set in a Mixolydian mode. The first part starts with the mode on "G" then moves it to a "D" for an expressive middle section. It does a Da Capo back to the mode on "G", ending with a coda on a G7 chord with a suspended 4th. It's quite the musical adventure with a safari adventure theme!

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Scarecrow Dance

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This piece, written in the key of A Minor, has a lot more accidentals than the G# normally found in this key. It makes for an unusual sound for an equally unusual subject.

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Silent Night

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

One of the most cherished Christmas carols, this arrangement for the Intermediate student uses left hand arpeggios to create a simple, flowing harmony throughout.

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Skedaddle

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This lively piece makes use of scale passages in both the right and left hands alternately. It's a fun piece for a level 5-6 student to play.

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Sonatina in F

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

1st Movement: Written in Sonata-Allegro form, this is an excellent technical piece for the level 5-6 student.

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2nd Movement: This is a slow piece in the Key of D Major. It is written in free style, and makes a good contrast to the 1st Movement.

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3rd Movement: In the Key of C, this Rondo has a lot of motion, especially in section C where sixteenth notes move quickly in right hand scale passages. This piece is challenging for a level 5-6 student, but also very rewarding.

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Square Dance

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

The Mixolydian Mode beginning on G, and then transposed to D, has been used in this Intermediate piece to create an old-time fiddle tune in 4/4 time.

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Summer Solstice

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This flowing piece in 3/4 time begins in the key of D minor, moves to D Major, then back to the minor as it progresses. Older students and adults who are playing on an intermediate level will like its lyrical style and complex harmonies.

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Summer Storm

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

The use of diminished seventh arpeggios as well as scale passages create the intensity of a summer storm in this piece written in the key of A minor.

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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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Susie's Sonatina

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This bright piece stays close to the G Major 5-finger pattern, with the right hand venturing out occasionally to a treble C and D position. It's a great piece for introducing young students to the classical sonatina style.

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The Autumn Wind

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This blustery seasonal piece is written in the key of A minor. It uses a lot of cross-hand arpeggios that ascend up the keyboard then back down again, giving a feeling of the wind's playfulness in Autumn.

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The Christmas Star

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This seasonal piece is written in the key of G Major and makes use of parallel thirds and some extended chords in the bass. Fingering is marked clearly to help the students master these elements.

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The Leaves of Autumn

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Written in the key of G minor, this melancholy piece makes use of a recurring right hand melody as the left hand changes beneath it. Good seasonal piece for older students to play.

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The Music Box Ballerina

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This delicate piece is in the style of a Theme and Variations. It is for students playing on a level 3 - 4.

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The Love of God

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

Beginning in the key of E flat Major then modulating to the key of C Major, this familiar hymn has a lot of interest for the intermediate student who is looking for a piece appropriate for church use. The use of slightly non-traditional harmonies and some variations on the melody gives a fresh sound to a traditional piece.

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The Polka Dot Polka

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

There's lots of staccatos in this fun piece written in the key of D Major. The middle section moves to G Major briefly, then returns to the original key. It ends with D Major scale passages in both hands.

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Three Easy Waltzes

Piano Solos
Level: Intermediate

These familiar waltzes have all been arranged in the key of G Major for the intermediate student.

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Three Jigs

Piano Solos
Level: Intermediate

These lively jigs are just right for students who need some practice in 6/8 rhythm. They're fun to play as well!

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Irish Jig

Country Jig

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Tuscan Toccatina

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This piece in the key of A minor is fast, showy, and makes for a great performance piece for recitals and festivals.

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Up on the Housetop

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This is a short, fun arrangement of a popular Christmas song that was written by Benjamin Hanby from Ohio in 1864. The melody is shared by both hands alternately and left hand melodic octaves are used a lot to help keep the rhythm going.

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Wave of the Magic Wand

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This intermediate piece is written in the key of A Minor for a magical, mysterious sound. The use of scale passages and arpeggios gives movement to the piece as well.

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This Traditional English Carol has been arranged for students who are on a level 4-5. It is written in the key of E flat Major and makes use of both legato and staccato touches throughout the piece.

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"What Child is This?"

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This stately version of the Old English folk song is arranged for intermediate students playing on a level 4. It is written in the key of E minor.

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With a Hundred Pipers

Piano Solo
Level: Intermediate

This piano arrangement is taken from a Scottish folk song. It has a lively 6/8 rhythm with a touch of "bagpipes" added in. Starting in the key of G Major, it modulates to E Major at the end.

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