Recommended Sheet Music for Piano Recitals

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As a piano teacher, I love it when a piano student gets excited over their recital music. That’s why I always allow my students to choose which songs they would like to play in the spring piano recital. The following is a list of sheet music titles which have been my students’ favorite piano recital pieces over the years:

Level 1 pieces:

Butterfly Game, by Karen Ann Krieger, published by The FJH Music Company, is a beautiful piece for beginning students. It is written in middle C position and is a wonderful piece for teaching phrasing. This song is a favorite among young girls.

Indian Feather Dance, by Margaret Goldston, published by Alfred Publishing is a great Indian-themed piece for level 1 students who aren’t ready for the typical Indian song using intervals of a fifth. This piece is a favorite of both boys and girls.

Just a Minute, by Cynthia Sepaugh-Clarke, published by Alfred Publishing, is a piece which is requested by my students every year. It is the perfect song for beginning students because it is easy to play, has fun lyrics and appeals to both boys and girls.

Dreaming, by Linda Longino Walker, published by Willis, is a simple, yet lovely piece for level 1 students. The piece stays in the Middle C Position and includes a Coda. Dreaming has been favored by both boys and girls.

Spirit of the Stallion, by Elizabeth Gutierrez, published by The FJH Music Company is an exciting piece for level 1B students. A fast tempo makes this piece sound very impressive even though it is easier to play than it sounds.

Level 2 pieces

Castle Days, by Kathleen Massoud, published by The FJH Music Company, is a beautiful piece for students in level 2. The piece works on phrasing, pedaling and moving out of the typical hand positions.

Rockadoodle Cockadoodle! by Catherine Rollin, published by Alfred Publishing is a fun level 2 piece that will get everyone tapping their toes. This piece has been a favorite of both boys and girls.

Level 3 – 4 pieces:

Agent X, by Melody Bober, published by the FJH Music Company, is a fast moving fun piece in F Major, for students in levels 3B – 4. It has a catchy, mysterious base line and syncopated rhythms. Agent X has been favored by both boys and girls.

The Bald Eagle, by Carolyn Miller, published by Willis Music, is a beautiful flowing piece for students around level 3 to 4. It is in the key of D, uses the pedal and has some scale runs. The Bald Eagle is usually favored by girls.

Meaghan’s Melody, by Jennifer Linn, published by Hal Leonard is lovely piece for level 3 students. The piece works on phrasing and pedaling. Meaghan’s Melody has been mostly favored by girls looking for a “pretty” recital song.

Mission: Impossible Theme – Easy Piano, by Lalo Schifrin, published by Hal Leonard is from the motion picture “Mission: Impossible” and is a huge crowd pleaser. The difficulty level is around a level 3 with some tricky rhythms, accidentals and chords. Mission Impossible has been a favorite of both boys and girls.

Watch My Fingers Rock, by John Burson, published by The FJH Music Company, is a great level 4 piece for anyone who likes to play rock. This piece is fun to play and a definite crowd pleaser.

Star Wars, by John Williams, arranged by Dan Coates, published by Alfred Publishing is both a student pleaser and a crowd pleaser since all ages are familiar with the movie Star Wars. The level of difficult is at about a level 3 – 4.

Only Hope – Easy Version, by Jonathan Foreman, published by Hal Leonard, from the motion picture A Walk to Remember. Only Hope is the most beautiful “popular” piece I have ever played. Both the easy version and the original version take my breath away. The easy version is for students in level 3, and the original version is for advanced players. While it may appear to be a “girl’s” piece, many of my male students also enjoy playing it. This would be the perfect piece for a student who would like to sing and play the piano at the same time.

Intermediate/Advanced pieces:

Only Hope – Original Version, by Jonathan Foreman (see description in the level 3-4 section.)

Magnificent Monarch, by Melody Bober, published by Alfred Publishing, is a showy late intermediate piece. The piece is filled with right-hand scale passages and cross-hand arpeggios, yet still comes across as graceful and majestic.

If you have any favorite titles of sheet music you would like to share, I would love to hear about them! Please list the title and composer in the comments section.

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