Compositions
Late Elementary Solo Sheets
Blackbeard's Bounty
Treasure abounds in this F major solo written in 4/4 meter! The catchy melodic and rhythmic patterns will inspire students to a spirited performance. The music captures the imagination, and tempo changes from Allegro to Andante and back help create the image of Blackbeard the Pirate. This solo also provides an excellent study in intervals and triads and gets students moving around keyboard with fluency. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo.  Click on arrow.
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A Wonderful Day!
This happy-go-lucky piece will put any student in a good mood! It is a perfect solo for getting the student to move quickly and easily around the keyboard. Legato and staccato articulations are used, and the left hand crosses over the right hand. Mostly in C position with occasional accidentals, some of the coordination requires parallel motion in 10ths between the hands. Put all this together with a catchy tune and rhythm, and you get a solo that is sure to become a favorite in your studio. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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The Angry Alligator
This late elementary solo is perfect for reinfocing bass clef notes and reading. In D minor, both hands play in the bass clef with the left hand frequently crossing over the right hand. Students will have no trouble imagining an angry alligator as they play. They will enjoy the full sounds and gain experience in playing dynamic contrasts. The 3/4 meter will make it easy for them to create the bold sounds of a lumbering, angry alligator. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Apache Braves
This Native-American dance-styled solo features open staccato fifths in the left hand, accidentals, left and right hand rhythm coordination, and a wide use of the keyboard. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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Broomstick Capers
This exciting Halloween piece is to be played "as slowly or as fast as your broom will fly!" It is in D minor, and features left-hand-over technique and rapid eighth note patterns that lay easily under the hands. There is even a spot where the "owls are hooting" and a measure where the piano plays a scary "scream." Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Entrada in G Major
Written in the style of Baroque music, this solo is an excellent study in finger independence, tetrachord scales, and moves all over the keyboard. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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Grumpy Old Witch
The old crone is out of sorts in this creepy, A-minor, late elementary level Halloween piece that is loaded with staccatos, sforzandos, dramatic dynamics, and dissonance. Patterns often move in parallel motion between hands. Students will love the ending of this piece!
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Hazy, Lazy Days
This expressive solo is perfect for late-elementary students of all ages. Written in G major, it is an excellent study of the interval of a fifth. Melodic and rhythmic patterns are found throughout and will make this solo easy to learn and memorize. Students who love using the damper pedal will be delighted with the lyrical sounds created by the pedal as they move freely across the keyboard. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Imperial Sonatina
Written for the Contra Costa branch of the Music Teachers Association of California in honor of their 4th Sonata Contest. In 3 movements. First movement is in G Major; second movement is in g minor; third movement is a rousing jig in G Major. The entire piece works very well for the student with a small hand. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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The Lost Troubadour
A gentle, lyrical solo in Aeolian mode. Pedaling is optional, but this piece sounds best with pedal. Lovely piece, especially for the student with small hands. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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Mission in Outer Space
If you could take a trip to outer space, where would you go? Students will have fun imagining their destination as they travel while performing this solo. Accidentals occur throughout the piece. The opening eight measures suggest a confident march, perhaps depicting astronauts walking gallantly to their space ship. Use of the damper pedal helps create the sound of floating in space in measures 9-16. This section provides opportunities for moving around the keyboard using a repeated whole-tone pattern divided between the hands. The march is then repeated, followed by a Coda that ends the solo with flair.
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Old Daddy Longlegs
The key of D minor sets the stage for the mysterious sounds of this late elementary solo. The opening rhythm of the right hand melody even seems to say "Old Daddy Longlegs", and students will have no problem getting the rhythm correct just by chanting the title. An excellent vehicle for moving around the keyboard, the various hand crossings will make this piece as much fun to play as it will be to watch! Turn your student into "spider boy" or "spider girl" with this clever solo. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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The Pumpkin Boogie
Here is a great Halloween recital piece for the late elementary student, featuring accidentals, some appropriately spooky lyrics, and a C-major key signature that is modified throughout the song for "boogie" harmonies and a ghostly mood. A "best seller"!
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Shout it Out!
A high energy, "rock" song that will be sure to please the boys in your studio! The LH is written to be played an octave lower throughout, just to give it more sound and energy. Also works great for small hands. Also included in "Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1"
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Silly Nilly Waltz
This is a fun solo that gets students all over the keyboard. The waltz pattern in the LH is playful and employs lots of 2nds on white and black keys.
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Springboard
This solo in F major has lots of LH over RH patterns throughout. There are many opportunities for the student to work on bouncing out of the keys with a loose wrist in both hands. Overall, an excellent technical workout for this level. Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 1"
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Three Bears a-Walkin'
Students will enjoy using their musical imaginations as they take a walk through the forest. Written in d-minor, it moves all over the keyboard and uses lots of dynamics and articulations.
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Touch a Rainbow
There is a peaceful, lyrical charm to this G major rainbow song, which features left hand broken seventh chords that move slowly but constantly under the legato phrasing of the right hand melodic line. This solo is one of the most popular ones in the library! Mr. Alexander has also included a more advanced arrangement of this piece in "Especially for Adults" Bk. 3. Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 1"
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Tough Cookie!
Students will love the syncopated rhythms in this lively and energetic solo!
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Valse Semplice
A lyrical, tender waltz in G major that modulates from G into Bb and then C before returning to the original key. Adults will also love the sophisticated sounds of this solo.
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Willy-Nilly March
An excellent solo for the student who needs to learn to move around the keyboard. This one is in a-minor with lots of open 5ths in the LH against eighth-note patterns in the RH. Lots of LH over RH patterns in the middle section. A good boy's piece.
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Caprice a la carte
This sparkling solo is in cut time, with 5-finger patterns that move all over the keyboard. It's perfect for the student with small hands who wants something "flashy" and fun to play. Students will love the ending! Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.
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Pranksters
This mischievous solo at the late elementary level is in C major and gives the student numerous opportunities to move around the keyboard in various repeated patterns. Sometimes both hands are in bass clef, which is good for students at this level to experience. Eighth note patterns in the RH often use strong fingers 3 & 2 for security and control. Overall, an excellent piece for developing technique and sudden dynamic changes. Also included in "The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 1"
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Shelby's Great Adventure!
Shelby, a miniature schnauzer, is Dennis Alexander's dog! Her outside adventure is depicted in this G major solo. Students will be able to lead "a dog's life" as they travel across the keyboard using various accidentals, G major triads and five-finger patterns. The melody alternates between the hands throughout. Shelby's day begins with sunshine (A) but is threatened by a storm (B) and thunder. However, the sun comes out again in the Coda and Shelby continues on her way!
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Circus Capers

All the fun of a circus is recreated in this humorous solo that features a melody that is tossed back and forth between the hands. The introduction begins with the sounds of the Big Top. A trill-like figure is divided between the hands and heralds the entrance of the show. Legato and staccato are used throughout the piece, making it an excellent study in articulation. The key of G major and the 4/4 meter compliment the mood of the piece. This solo is dedicated to the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association. Hear Dennis Alexander perform this solo. Click on arrow.

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