The Cat’s Meow for String Orchestra

Beginning shifting has never been more fun! This canon for string ensemble with optional piano is in the key of C.  All the parts get to glissando as the cat meows. Listen to The Cat’s Meow in this video. Get your copy of the sheet music here.

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Elf’s Dance

The Elf’s Dance is a lively canon for strings and optional piano. The violin and viola part double for smaller ensembles. The sheet music is available here. Minimum of two players are required. Listen to the Elf’s Dance in this video.

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Funga alafia

Included in A Year of Folk Tunes for Piano, Funga alafia is now available as a solo sheet music download. The song is paired with C Major warm-ups to facilitate learning the C Major scale and rhythms used in the tune. Listen to it here.

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Great is thy Faithfulness for Cello and Piano

A new arrangement for cello and piano is now available. Great is thy Faithfulness is an elegant intermediate arrangement. It is suitable for playing in church or recital. The cellist will need the first four positions. The sheet music is available as a digital download here.

Listen to Great is thy Faithfulness.

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Penguin Party, C Major Round in 5/4

For Point Contest learn the Penguin Party. Download your music and use the appropriate clef.

Piano A, B, C, D: 5 points for each hand

Piano E, F: 10 points as written hands together

Violins and Violas: 5 points, 10 points to play in third position

Cellos: 5 points, 10 points to play in thumb position

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A Year of Folk Tunes for Strings

A systematic way to approach learning all 12 keys, A Year of Folk Tunes for Violin, A Year of Folk Tunes for Viola and A Year of Folk Tunes for Cello are now available.

Each month has scales, arpeggios and etudes for the focus key. The folk tunes have an easier verse and a more challenging verse. You can choose to play one verse, the second verse or both.

The books come with a bonus practice log. Look for excerpts and practice examples on the YouTube Channel.

Join my students in January with the Key of C and Funga alafia, an African folk tune.

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A Year of Folk Tunes for Piano

A systematic way to approach learning all 12 keys, A Year of Folk Tunes for Piano is now available.

Each month has 5-finger warm-ups, arpeggios and scales for the focus key. The folk tunes have an easier verse and a more challenging verse. You can choose to play one verse, the second verse or both.

The book comes with a bonus practice log. Look for excerpts and practice examples on the YouTube Channel.

Join my students in January with the Key of C and Funga alafia, an African folk tune.

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March of the Elephant, C Major Round

March of the Elephant is a canon in C. Listen to it here.

For Point Contest learn the March of the Elephant. Download your music and use the appropriate clef.

Piano A, B, C, D, E, F: 5 points, 10 points to play right hand and left hand in canon after 4 measures

Violins and Violas: 5 points, 10 points to play in third position

Cellos: 5 points, 10 points to play in thumb position

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Learn by Ear: Menuet No. 2 in F

This year for Point Contest there is a learn by ear assignment.

Mozart’s Menuet No. 2 in F is 24 measures long. There are two repeated sections. The first one is 8 measures. The second is the remainder of the piece. Here is the playlist that shows each part with right hand alone, left hand alone and hands together. The first note of each hand is F.

This assignment is worth 100 points. There is a 25-point bonus if you submit your assignment by Mozart’s birthday (January 27).

Piano A, B, C: Learn right hand for 50 points, learn left hand for 50 points

Piano D, E: Learn right hand for 40 points, left hand for 40 points, together 20 points

Piano F: Hands together 100 points

Violin and Viola: Learn right hand for 80 points, learn left hand for 20 points

Cello: Learn left hand for 80 points, learn right hand for 20 points

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Mystery Composers 2023

Listen to the musical samples at the following links. Submit your answers on paper at your lesson or by email. Composer and name of the work is required for 25 points.

Mystery Composer 1

Mystery Composer 2

Mystery Composer 3

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