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Amy Greer and Dennis Alexander, co-authors

This collection of original piano solos is designed to be taught without the aid of traditional notation. Each piece is accompanied by a set of step-by-step instructions for teachers and a reproducible "memory map" to aid students in memorization. Think of this collection as a supplement to other pedagogical methods----aresource for interesting, motivational music that will help students acquire the rhythmic, expressive, and technical skills they need to become well-rounded musicians.   Pieces range from simple repeating patterns on black keys to scale-based pieces that use the entire keyboard. Titles: Desert Rose * Oh, Purple Sage * Green Frogs * Roadrunner * Turquoise Trail * Jubilation! * Bells Are Ringing!

Hear Dennis Alexander perform: (A) Oh, Purple Sage; (see attached score)  (B) Turquoise Trail;  (C) Jubilation!

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Five-Star Solos, Bk. 1 Early Elementary/Elementary

Choosing just the right piece for each student is one of the most important attributes of a good teacher.  I love it when I hear things like, "Mr. A., can I please play the piece that Brenda played on the last recital?" or, "Mr. A., the piece that John played is one of the coolest pieces I've ever heard!  Do you think I could play it?"

The books in the Five-Star Solos series provide students and teachers with a wide variety of pieces at graded levels.  An array of styles, colors, tempos, and moods are included in each book.  Ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and "showstoppers" all combine to make teaching fun and exciting.  At the same time, students will be rewarded with music that sets them apart from the crowd.  Have fun exploring page after page of music that will have students smiling and parents glowing.  I hope that you find many new "favorites" in this series, and I wish you continued success and joy in your musical journey!   Dennis Alexander

 

Titles include:  Country Jamboree! - Crash, Bang, Boogie! - Forever True - Hiking Buddies - Magical Creatures - My First Sonatina - Scottish Highlanders - Simple Things - There's Music in a Hammer - Tribal Dance - Victory March!

Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following  selections:  A.  Tribal Dance;  B.  Simple Things;  C.  Crash, Bang, Boogie!  (Click on the arrow)

 

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Five-Star Solos, Bk. 2 Elementary

 

Choosing just the right piece for each student is one of the most important attributes of a good teacher.  I love it when I hear things like, "Mr. A., can I please play the piece that Brenda played on the last recital?" or, "Mr. A., the piece that John played is one of the coolest pieces I've ever heard!  Do you think I could play it?"

The books in the Five-Star Solos series provide students and teachers with a wide variety of pieces at graded levels.  An array of styles, colors, tempos, and moods are included in each book.  Ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and "showstoppers" all combine to make teaching fun and exciting.  At the same time, students will be rewarded with music that sets them apart from the crowd.  Have fun exploring page after page of music that will have students smiling and parents glowing.  I hope that you find many new "favorites" in this series, and I wish you continued success and joy in your musical journey!   Dennis Alexander

 

Titles include:  Around We Go! - Bouncin' Boogie Blues - Butterflies Ascend - Giotto's Campanile - Half-Step Waltz - Jeepers, Creepers! - Our Team Spirit - Prickly-Pear Rag - Rockin' on D - Summer Breeze, A - Trampoline Star 

 Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following  selections:  A.  Half-Step Waltz;  B. Butterflies Ascend;  C.  Prickly Pear Rag  (Click on the arrow)


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Five-Star Solos, Bk. 3 - Late Elementary

 

 

Choosing just the right piece for each student is one of the most important attributes of a good teacher.  I love it when I hear things like, "Mr. A., can I please play the piece that Brenda played on the last recital?" or, "Mr. A., the piece that John played is one of the coolest pieces I've ever heard!  Do you think I could play it?"

The books in the Five-Star Solos series provide students and teachers with a wide variety of pieces at graded levels.  An array of styles, colors, tempos, and moods are included in each book.  Ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and "showstoppers" all combine to make teaching fun and exciting.  At the same time, students will be rewarded with music that sets them apart from the crowd.  Have fun exploring page after page of music that will have students smiling and parents glowing.  I hope that you find many new "favorites" in this series, and I wish you continued success and joy in your musical journey!   Dennis Alexander

 

Titles include:  Autumn Waltz - A Bit Bewildered! - Boogie Gone Wild! - Fearless Adventurer - Jamaican Festival - The Lonely Fawn - Mystical Dance - Pied Piper's March - Smooth Mover - Tahiti Tango - Thoughts of Yesterday

 Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following  selections:  A.  Mystical Dance;  B. The Lonely Fawn;  C.  Tahiti Tango (Click on the arrow)

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Five-Star Solos, Bk. 4 - Early Intermediate

 

 

Choosing just the right piece for each student is one of the most important attributes of a good teacher.  I love it when I hear things like, "Mr. A., can I please play the piece that Brenda played on the last recital?" or, "Mr. A., the piece that John played is one of the coolest pieces I've ever heard!  Do you think I could play it?"

The books in the Five-Star Solos series provide students and teachers with a wide variety of pieces at graded levels.  An array of styles, colors, tempos, and moods are included in each book.  Ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and "showstoppers" all combine to make teaching fun and exciting.  At the same time, students will be rewarded with music that sets them apart from the crowd.  Have fun exploring page after page of music that will have students smiling and parents glowing.  I hope that you find many new "favorites" in this series, and I wish you continued success and joy in your musical journey!   Dennis Alexander

 

Titles include:  Around Twilight -- Ever Evolving -- Fleeting Thoughts -- In the Groove! -- Kick It On Home! -- Little Prelude in C Major -- Scherino -- Tarantella Veloce -- Valse nouveau

 Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following  selections:  A.  Around Twilight;  B. Tarantella Veloce;  C.  In the Groove! (Click on the arrow)

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Five-Star Solos, Bk. 5 - Intermediate

 

 

 

Choosing just the right piece for each student is one of the most important attributes of a good teacher.  I love it when I hear things like, "Mr. A., can I please play the piece that Brenda played on the last recital?" or, "Mr. A., the piece that John played is one of the coolest pieces I've ever heard!  Do you think I could play it?"

The books in the Five-Star Solos series provide students and teachers with a wide variety of pieces at graded levels.  An array of styles, colors, tempos, and moods are included in each book.  Ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and "showstoppers" all combine to make teaching fun and exciting.  At the same time, students will be rewarded with music that sets them apart from the crowd.  Have fun exploring page after page of music that will have students smiling and parents glowing.  I hope that you find many new "favorites" in this series, and I wish you continued success and joy in your musical journey!   Dennis Alexander

 

Titles include:  Arietta in G Major -- Evening in Andalucia -- Get My Drift? -- Just a Tad Funky! -- Rhythmosity --  Shenandoah -- You Gotta Toccata!

 Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following  selections:  A.  Arietta in G Major;  B. You Gotta Toccata!;  C.  Shenandoah! (Click on the arrow)

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Five-Star Solos, Bk. 6 -- Late Intermediate

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing just the right piece for each student is one of the most important attributes of a good teacher.  I love it when I hear things like, "Mr. A., can I please play the piece that Brenda played on the last recital?" or, "Mr. A., the piece that John played is one of the coolest pieces I've ever heard!  Do you think I could play it?"

The books in the Five-Star Solos series provide students and teachers with a wide variety of pieces at graded levels.  An array of styles, colors, tempos, and moods are included in each book.  Ballads, waltzes, Latin pieces, contemporary sounds, and "showstoppers" all combine to make teaching fun and exciting.  At the same time, students will be rewarded with music that sets them apart from the crowd.  Have fun exploring page after page of music that will have students smiling and parents glowing.  I hope that you find many new "favorites" in this series, and I wish you continued success and joy in your musical journey!   Dennis Alexander

 

Titles include:  Distant Thoughts -- La Magia de la Rumba -- On Golden Wings -- Rebel Rouser! -- Sarabande Elegante -- Scherzo Capriccioso

 Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following  selections:  A.  La Magia de la Rumba;  B. On Golden Wings;  C.  Sarabande Elegante (Click on the arrow)

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Toccata Tempestosa - Late Intermediate Solo

 

From a fiery tempo to dramatic lyricism, this aptly named piano solo has it all! Chromatic and sweeping musical ideas explore various registers of the keyboard, creating a virtuosic piece. The piece lies beneath the hands beautifully, allowing the performer to meet the technical demands of the music while delivering an exciting performance.  Commissioned by the Billings, Montana Music Teachers Association in 2016.

 

 Hear Dennis Alexander perform Toccata Tempestosa (Click on the arrow)

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Imperial Concertante

Pianists at the early intermediate level will delight in the sounds of this concerto written especially for them. Each movement conveys a different spirit and sound, from the fast and energetic feel of the first movement to the brilliant and sparkling third movement. In between, the second movement presents a lyrical contrast with its singing melody and lush harmonies. Together with the second piano accompaniment, students will experience the thrill and fun of performing a concerto. Movements: Allegro molto * Andante cantabile * Presto brillante.

This student concerto is dedicated to the Piano Studio of Melody Stroth who resides in Overland Park, KS.

Hear Dennis Alexander perform (1st Mv't.) Allegro molto; (2nd Mv't.) Andante cantabile; (3rd Mv't.) Presto brillante (click on arrow)

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