Repertoire choice is always important. But, with that said, it grows in importance as your students get older. Young piano students may cut you a bit of slack with a less-than-thrilling piano piece, but teens won’t cut you any slack at all.
During the teenage years, the need for individuality is at its height, and the desire for relevancy is strong. Which is why your repertoire choices for teen students are crucial.
To stick with piano lessons, teens need to be playing music they love, and they need music that they can make their own. Piano teachers know this… which is why we all spend so many out-of-studio hours searching for inspiring repertoire.
But, with February’s Book of the Month from PianoBookClub we’re making your teen piano repertoire hunt easy! Read on to listen to learn about this month’s book, listen to full samples of four of the pieces AND check out a flip-through visual preview.
A correctly-selected piano piece that includes opportunities for improvisation will inspire your students to practice with intensity. Using self-expression as a motivator, you can then hone in on the specific pedagogical concepts your teens need to progress as pianists.
But where do you find inspiring teen repertoire with opportunities for improvisation?
Enter With Celtic Courage.
The 7 thrilling, celtic-themed piano pieces in this book will strengthen your students’ comfort levels in 6/8 time while giving them measures of opportunity to make creative melodic decisions.
Each 2-page piece in this book includes several carefully-placed, rhythm-only lines in the treble clef where your teens are given the freedom to improvise their own melodies (using notes from the 5- finger scale of each piece to match the given rhythm). Providing just enough structure to make improvisation approachable and successful for teen students, this book is the “introduction to improv” that your teens have been waiting for.
With simple left-hand accompaniments, repeating patterns, accessible key signatures, and predictable formats, these pieces will encourage your teen piano students to escape into improvisation and make each piece their own.
In the book preview below look for those “rhythm-only” lines that make this book so wonderfully unique and powerful.
A Visual Preview of With Celtic Courage
With Celtic Courage was February 2017’s Book of the Month from PianoBookClub. To see this month’s book visit PianoBookClub.com.
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Listen To More Music From With Celtic Courage
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