Compositions
Elementary Solo Sheets
A Very Happy Song!
You'll find yourself tapping your feet to the sounds of this solo by Dennis Alexander. Written in Middle C position, the melody is divided between the hands. Harmonic thirds are used occasionally in the right hand and add variety to the melody. The lyrics are fun and depict perfectly the happy mood of the piece. Add the upbeat, optional duet part and you won't be able to keep from smiling! Young students are sure to enjoy this piece whether it is performed as a solo or with the duet. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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Caterpillar Blues
G major; swinging 8th notes; good boy's piece. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Dolly the Dolphin
G major, 3/4 time. Cute piece with words, and LH crosses over the RH. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Eight-O-Four
This is the perfect solo for students who like to sleep late! The clever lyrics describe a mother knocking on a child's door in the morning. The student knocking on the wood of the piano depicts this sound. The music fosters independence between the two hands as one hand must play while the other one is "knocking." Written in C major, the melody is often divided between the hands and is also played by the right hand while accompanied by harmonic seconds and thirds in the left hand. There is also an optional teacher accompaniment that adds a touch of whimsy to the performance. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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My Favorite Kinds of Things
A tune-ful solo with charming words that will motivate any student. In C major. Good for recitals. Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 1"
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The Magic of Clouds
This solo will spark the imagination of students as they picture clouds forming wonderful shapes. The gentle melody challenges the hands to play in unison, and the ends of phrases involve some hand crossings. Added features include an optional duet part and lyrics. Excellent recital piece.
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March King
Rhythm and touch are essential elements in this energetic march for the elementary level pianist. It is written in C Major, uses a blend of staccato and legato, wide and varied dynamics, and a generous use of the keyboard. A perfect boy's piece. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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Who's That Knockin'?
Cute piece that starts off in a "G 5-finger position". The student will play various groups of 2 black keys for the "knocking sound". Words add to the humor. Rhythmical, bouncy, and fun. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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You and Me!
A fun and simple piece with a nice optional duet accompaniment. The words could also speak to the special relationship between teacher and student. In G major. A recital winner! Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 1"
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Traffic Zoo!
This one is a real winner! In C-major, but with some contemporary sounds too. LH crosses over the RH to create honking noises on the 2 black keys. Students love this one.
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Gold Medal March
Your students will feel like winners with this charming solo! The syncopated rhythm of the melody is catchy, and students should have no trouble feeling the tied notes as they are repeated throughout the piece. Written in 4/4 meter, the melody lies nicely between the two hands with the right hand thumb on Middle C and the left hand thumb on the B next to it. The left hand crosses over the right hand in a few measures to add interest and excitement to the piece. The optional teacher duet adds harmony and march-like sounds throughout.
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Broadway Magic!
Beginning students of all ages can experience the magic of Broadway through this energetic, Middle C position piece. Mild syncopation is created throughout with a quarter note-half note-quarter note rhythm pattern. The melody is divided equally between the hands and features occasional accidentals. An optional duet accompaniment creates a more...dramatic, yet lively, background that adds to the fun. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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