Shorter days, a nip in the air, and for many, turning the clocks back one hour means that winter will soon be here. Along with the change in season comes the opportunity for a change in repertoire—Christmas music! From popular melodies to traditional carols and everything in-between, the sounds of the season bring added joy […]
Piano Adventures is pleased to announce the selection of repertoire arranged by Nancy and Randall Faber in the PreTime to BigTime Library, for the ABRSM Piano Syllabus 2021 and 2022: Initial Grade Composer: Elton John Title: I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (from The Lion King) Arranged by: Nancy and Randall Faber (student part with repeat) Publication: […]
For this week’s musical treat, watch a pup turn pages at the piano for one of Disney’s favourite songs about a “freaky fashionista.” The costume is spots, the rhythm is swing, and the key is C—for candy, of course, and Cruella de Vil. Enjoy this jazzy arrangement in FunTime® Piano Disney, for Level 3A and up.
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” from ChordTime Piano Hits may be the favourite wedding song of our generation. It also happens to be the perfect song to learn four chords that define western popular music: I, vi, IV, and V. These chords surely sound familiar by now—they’re the same four chords we looked at last week. If […]
“I wanna see you be brave!” This chorus from Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” offers words of encouragement for each of us—as piano teachers, students, and performers. How many of us grew up playing only classical piano, while listening to the Beatles, Billy Joel, and Coldplay? Perhaps being brave as a teacher means exploring music with our students, from their world. […]
Sharing a chord progression from your student’s favourite pop song is a sure-fire way to engage and connect. In addition to rocketing your cool status, brain neurons will spark, as your students explore music theory and creativity in ways that complement traditional repertoire. This week we take a look at “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine […]
Do your students like to listen to current pop hits from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth and others? This month, we invite you to take a “colour tour” through the Hits, featuring top pop artists. Our first lesson with Dr. Faber is a twofer with “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande, and […]
Students acting like sloths this summer? Luckily, we have just the thing: Havana by Camila Cabello, a Latin-inspired pop hit that fits nicely with students working their way through major and minor pentascales. It’s fully in the key of D minor, and grooves through a basic i – V7 progression. The harmonies are nothing extraordinary, […]