Original Compositions

  • The Gladiator


    This is a really fun piece that will challenge but be achievable at the end of the first year. Everything stays in standard 1st position fingerings with mostly stepwise motion with skips to open strings, though there are a few quicker notes to challenge the left hand. There’s a lot of interplay between the high and low voices, which gives…

An energetic piece for 1st year orchestra students with some fun, unusual techniques. (1:55)

  • Fiddle On Down


    This is a fun, quick piece in an American Hoe-Down style. In the key of A major, it’s a good piece for focusing on G# intonation, as well as cut time rhythms. There are some small fiddle-y ornaments and some exciting dynamic contrasts. Definitely listen to some folk/fiddle music together as part of your study! The piece also has a…

A quick American hoedown in cut time that will keep you on your toes if you manage not to fall over. (2:20)

Pop and Christmas Arrangements

I regularly arrange copyrighted songs through Hal Leonard’s ArrangeMe program, allowing for easy licensing and collection of royalties. The following arrangements can be purchased at both sheetmusicplus.com and sheetmusicdirect.com. They’re fun to play and useful for teaching lots of techniques. Please check them out!


Pop Songs

Believer by Imagine Dragons

Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers

Misty Mountains from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Howard Shore (also available in String Quartet format)

Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley


Christmas Songs

Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych and Peter Wilhousky

Jingle Bell Rock by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe

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