Compositions
Late Elementary Solo Collections
Simply Sonatinas, Bk. 1
For teachers who are searaching for new sonatinas with lively rhythmic appeal and colorful harmonies, this collection may be that welcome addition to your library of teaching materials. The rewards garnered from studying sonatinas include an appreciation of form, balance and symmetry; a greater awareness of balance between melody and accompaniment; and perhaps most importantly, a wonderful sense of accomplishment after having completed "a work in three movements!"

Selections: A - Sonatina in F, 1st mvt.; B - Sonatina in C, 1st mvt.; C - Sonatina in C, 2nd mvt.

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Just for You, Bk. 2
A series of books that meet the challenge of providing students with fun music that makes practicing enjoyable as well as being entertaining for the listener. Three volumes of lyrical waltzes, romantic ballads, lively rags and swinging jazz pieces spanning elementary through intermediate grades. Titles include: ALMOST A WALTZ! AUTUMN SPLENDOR BALLAD BRIGHT RED! FIESTA FEVER FLIRTATIOUS LAZY 6TH BLUES MONTANA RAG MORNING MIST ONLY IN TIME SOFT-SHOE SALLY SOUND THE TRUMPETS! STARGAZING THE LAST DANCE TUESDAY'S CHILD

Selections: A - Stargazing; B - Fiesta Fever; C - Ballad

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Simply Sensational, Bk. 1
Sophisticated works for the late elementary to early intermediate level teenage and adult students with titles such as "Full Moon Rising," "Just Us," "Yesterday's Dreams" and more. The pieces sound "bigger than they are" and span a wide range of the keyboard. After learning several of the pieces in these books, students will feel, as well as sound, simply sensational!

Selections: A - Far From Home; B - Accentuation; C - Lonesome Night Blues

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The Magic of Music, Bk. 1
The exciting pieces in these collections are designed to entertain, reinforce and enhance the important music and technical skills being studied during the early levels. Students will develop their own magical imaginations with the repertoire contained in this series. Titles include: A-OK BELLS OF SAN MIGUEL COZY THOUGHTS DANSE BURSQUE GOT THOSE BOOGIE BLUES LAGUNA BREEZES MIXED-UP MARTIANS MOUNTAIN DANCE RIGHT UPTOWN! SHARP AHOY SOMETIMES WINDSONG

Selections: A - Bells of San Miguel; B - Right Uptown!; C - Sharp Ahoy

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Especially for Boys
For years, piano teachers remarked that Dennis Alexander's pieces were great for boys and suggested that he write a book of pieces with boys in mind. Drawing on his own teaching experiences, and recalling the kinds of pieces he would have liked to play at a similar age, he composed these engaging late elementary piano solos that incorporate strong rhythms, athletic leaps of the hands and big sounds. A gratifying collection for students who need a little extra motivation to practice! Titles include: BARKIN' BEAU BIG CHIEF RUNNING BEAR DAYDREAMS AND SUNBEAMS FROGS AND SNAKES KING TUT SPACE INVADERS SPINFEST

Selections: A - Frogs and Snakes; B - King Tut; C - Space Invaders

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Especially for Girls
Creating big sounds over a wide range of the piano keyboard is thrilling for young students, regardless of gender. After completing his book Especially for Boys, Dennis Alexander was inspired to create this late elementary companion volume, Especially for Girls. While girls certainly enjoy playing tender and romantic pieces, just as many enjoy playing pieces with robust sounds and exciting rhythms-this dynamic collection offers all of the above! A great way to help younger students broaden their musical horizons. Titles include: ASTRONAUT WANNABE BABYSITTER BOOGIE CLEOPATRA'S LAMENT IT'S MY SECRET! ROLLERBLADER INSTIGATOR WALTZ FOR A PRINCESS

Selections: (A) Astronaut Wannabe; (B) Babysitter Boogie; (C) Rollerblader Instigator

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First Ragtime Pieces (Mr. "A" Presents Series)
These exciting solos are written for late elementary piano students. The close hand positions and simply notated rhythms make them perfect "first" ragtime for second- or third-year students.The Alexander style and sound make this collection fun for students of all ages. Titles include: CHROMATIC RAG OVER ROVER RAG RECIPROCAL RAG RUBY RED RAG SWITCH BACK RAG WRAP-AROUND RAG

Selections: A - Switch Back Rag; B - Chromatica Rag; C - Over Rover Rag

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First Showstoppers (Mr. "A" Presents Series)
Colorful, big-sounding impressive pieces that make students sound better than they are. Covers a wide range of the keyboard using 5-finger patterns. Easy rhythms with no 16ths or triplets. Its variety of styles has something for everyone. Late elementary. Titles include: BOOGIE ON DOWN BRAVE SPIRIT DANCER MIGHTY MANDARIN NEANDERTHAL TRUMPETERS THREE TWO-STEPPIN' TOADS

Selections: A - Neanderthal; B - Brave Spirit Dancer; C - Mighty Mandarin

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First Lyric Pieces (Mr. "A" Presents Series)
This collection is for teacher wanting to prepare students for the Romantic style early in the development of the student. Since no intervals larger than a 6th are used, these are good for small hands. Offers a lot of variety. This collection is also very appealing to the adult student at this level. Late elementary. Titles include: ARIANA ARIOSO IN C CELLO SONG FALLING LEAVES MOONSHADOWS SNOWSCAPE SOUL MATES

Selections: A - Falling Leaves; B - Cello Song; C - Ariana

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Keys to Stylistic Mastery, Bk. 1 (Clarfield, Alexander)
Keys to Stylistic Mastery teaches the basic principles of the five stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary) to piano students. The 28 late-elementary to early-intermediate pieces were chosen to provide a helpful transition from method books to the classics. Composer Dennis Alexander has written at least one piece in the style of each period. Information about each style period, listing selected composers, keyboard instruments and typical forms, precedes the music from that period. Brief biographies of all composers represented are included.

Selections: A - Krieger--Minuett in a minor; B - Alexander--The Lonely Sparrow; C - Alexander--Zany Zebras; D - "Features of This Series"; E - Classical Stylistic Traits

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The Best of Dennis Alexander, Bk. 1
Two wonderful collections of the best and most favorite piano sheet music solos by Dennis Alexander. Book 1 is for elementary to late-elementary pianists, while Book 2 contains solos at the early-intermediate to intermediate level. Titles include: MY FAVORITE KINDS OF THINGS PRANKSTERS SPRINGBOARD TOUCH A RAINBOW YOU AND ME! YOU'RE SO FINE!

Selections: A - My Favorite Kinds of Things; B - Touch a Rainbow; C - Springboard

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Dennis Alexander's Favorite Solos, Bk. 1
The contents of this book have been personally selected by Dennis Alexander as some of his all-time favorite sheet music solos. Many of the solos are among the most requested by piano teachers and students alike. The varied styles of each piece makes this book a valuable supplement to most piano methods. This book contains 10 elementary to late elementary pieces including: Apache Braves * Entrada in G Major * Imperial Sonatina * The Lost Troubadour * March King * Old Daddy Longlegs * Shout It Out! * Springboard * A Very Happy Song! * Who's That Knockin'?

Selections: A - Apache Braves; B - March King; C - Imperial Sonatina

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Finger Paintings Bk. 3
Entertaining and color-filled compositions are the hallmark of this artistic series for elementary piano students. Many of the pieces explore a wide range of the keyboard and contain simple syncopated rhythms. Students also learn to focus on smoothly transferring melodic lines between hands, quickly changing dynamics and thinking in longer phrase groupings. Occasional easy hand-crossings are a delight to play and bring out the sparkling overtones of the piano.

Selections: A - Lavender Waltz; B -Lickety Splickety; C - Medieval Dance

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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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