Sports are popular with kids. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that 21.5 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 play team sports. So, it’s no surprise that piano solos about sports like basketball, football, and soccer are going to be motivating for students!
Concepts covered and overview of level:
Buzzer Beater is the basketball piece that is particularly popular since it is is on the NFMC repertoire list. The smallest note value in this piece is the eighth note. There are no sycopations except a few left hand notes. Lots of accents, staccatos, and eighth note rest at the beginning of the measure give this piece a very dramatic and excited tone.
Football Fever is all about drama! The beginning intro has powerful fifths ascending up the keyboard only to turn around and descend in a fun eighth note pattern. The main theme contains some easy syncopations and the entire piece builds in excitement. The smallest note value is the eighth note.
Dribble and Drive:
Dribble and Drive is a fantastic teaching piece for reinforcing fourths and subtle syncopations. Lots of markings give students clear indications of legato, staccato, accents, syncopation, accidentals, pedaling, changing registers, and a broad range of dynamics. The shortest note value in Dribble and Drive is the eighth note. All syncopations are simple ones that are easy to execute.
All of these pieces fall easily under even small hands. But students with large hands and great abilities will sound amazing as well.
We have started to add mp3 performance audio files to our pieces when we release them. So, the newest piece, Dribble and Drive will come with a free, bonus mp3. [The others will not as these are earlier releases.] You can send this audio file (which contains no voiceovers), to your students via email so that they can learn what the piece sounds like.
See the pieces individually:
If you’d like to see or purchase any of the pieces individually, you can do so here: