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Offline pianoslav

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Repertoire suggestions needed
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:24:27 PM »
I have a student who has had exceptional progress since she started playing piano with me less than a year ago (nearing early intermediate repertoire), until about a month or two ago, which her dad explains as a lack of motivation. Could anyone give me suggestions regarding music that an 8 year old girl might enjoy? I am pretty oblivious to the music that this demographic enjoys. It doesn't have to be classical (in fact, we've only been doing classical up till now), so pop arrangements and movie songs are welcome as well.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Repertoire suggestions needed
«Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 01:20:41 AM »
"Frozen" s__t.

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Re: Repertoire suggestions needed
«Reply #2 on: September 25, 2014, 03:25:39 PM »
piano solo ver at 2:00   :)


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Re: Repertoire suggestions needed
«Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 09:32:23 PM »
Ask your student to give examples of music she would like to play.  If some of the music she lists is too difficult for her current level, you can search out suitable arrangements that she is able to play and learn from.  Ask what qualities she enjoys about the music she selects.  Try to find those same qualities in other music and present those pieces to her as well. 
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Re: Repertoire suggestions needed
«Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 08:40:07 AM »
This particular student is extremely shy. I am lucky to get her to answer a yes or no question. I have tried to ask her questions about what she enjoys or even questions about her week or holiday, and she will look down to avoid eye contact and say "good". That's why I am asking here.

I have tried to "sell" some songs to her before assigning them, in order for her to excited about them before we begin learning them, but I have no idea how successful I have been because I don't get any feedback from her, besides trying to read body language.

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Re: Repertoire suggestions needed
«Reply #5 on: September 28, 2014, 04:19:34 AM »
What about something like Christopher Norton microstyles??
They cover a wide range of ability and style, so it might give you an idea of what she likes.

Also Hal Leonard publish a thing called The Piano Teacher Magazine online. Its basically an info-mercial selling their music, and its aimed at Australian teachers but they have lots of repertoire suggestoins in each edition ...
http://www.thepianoteacher.com.au/
as well as some interesting articles.


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Re: Repertoire suggestions needed
«Reply #6 on: November 02, 2014, 06:36:38 PM »
What about something like Christopher Norton microstyles??
Also Hal Leonard publish a thing called The Piano Teacher Magazine online.

Thanks for these suggestions. I looked into microstyles and some of the collections on the magazine and I love them. I think I will either buy the Chris Norton's Microstyles or the American Popular Piano Series as supplements to the classical repertoire that I have my students work on.