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 each section the opportunity to work on listening to the whole ensemble and counting through rests. Rhythms will be mostly straightforward for this level, with one syncopated example at 24 – I like to teach this rhythm with the text “Pass the tasty chocolate chip cookie.” Last, there’s some fun unusual techniques, including a glissando in the cello/bass and the instructions to “Start high on the (E/A/D) string and play 8 notes, each lower than the last” for upper strings. These should be kept random, chaotic, and fun. I hope your students enjoy The Gladiator!
Duration: 1 minute 55 seconds
I started writing “Hallelujah” in December of 2018. At the time, Zach Griffin and I were regularly doing Four-Hand piano numbers together and we had talked about trying to make a full Christmas album the next year. I thought it would be good to have a couple original numbers for that set and this light melody was the result. I…
This arrangement is perfect for a young middle school choir. Your students will find the simple two-part harmonies and echoes very accessible and fun. About two and a half minutes long, the energetic piano part makes this song delightful. This arrangement is written to include a class songwriting project – in the section from measure 52 to 72, take student…