The Dragon’s Lair

The Dragons Lair

The Dragon’s Lair $2.99

All the music in my store comes with an unlimited printing license within your personal studio.

One time I had a boy who really liked playing piano, but I couldn’t find anything he wanted to play. He was at that middle age, where he thought anything with “words,” as he said, was babyish, but he wasn’t really interested in pop music yet. He struggled technically and we had gone through all of the teaching pieces that I usually use. So I wrote this for him and he really thought it was fun to play. This is another “easy, sounds hard” piece that we often need at this level. I’ve labeled it Early Intermediate because of some scale fingering, finger changes, and fast-moving position changes. Recently I went though the music more carefully, revised the articulations, and added a cool cover drawn by a game artist.

The Dragon’s Lair is a 3-page piece written in D minor. The energetic first section contrasts with a mysterious sounding middle section. I  added some extra fingering in some of the tricky spots. Students can explore dynamic coloring and articulations as they play this piece just for fun. This is a student favorite for all ages!

I think this is a good festival piece because the articulations and dynamics give the judge a lot to listen for. It also makes an impressive recital piece.

If you are in need of this kind of music, head on over to my store to see a sample page! If you like it, please leave a review.

*Email me if you need a written release for a festival or recital.

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Personalize a Recital Program

Editable Recital Program

Recital Program to Personalize

Here is a recital cover for you to use at your spring recital. You can choose to personalize it like the picture above on the right, or print it the way it looks in the small pictures on the left.

Here is how to add your personalization:

  • Open in Adobe Reader.
  • Using the graphic above as a guide, put your cursor underneath and very close to the word “Recital.”
  • Type the name of your studio.
  • Move you cursor down to the bottom opposite the flowers. You can type the location, date, and time.
  • Moving to the left side, which is the back of the program cover, there are two places near the bottom to personalize. The first space is a header where you can type “Thank You.” Underneath that you have several lines to type any message you wish.

To make a document for the inside of the program, use a word processing program such as Word. Open a new document in landscape orientation with two columns. Set the borders at 1/2 inch all around with a one inch space between the two columns. Print this new document on the blank side of the recital program cover. Fold the program, and you’re ready to go.

I also tried printing this in black and white to see how it would look for teachers who do not have access to a color printer or want to save color ink. It looks fine printed on light green paper if you have a printer that allows you to print in “grayscale.”

I don’t think it will look good using a B&W laser printer. All the flowers will turn into a blob of black. Instead I have made folded recital covers in the past that you can use: Recital Program Cover. It will look fine on a color laser printer.

FYI, I did not draw the flowers myself!

There you have it. I hope you enjoy this recital cover!

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Easter Games, Worksheets, and Music

With Easter almost here, I thought I’d list some of the material I’ve posted on my Easter page. You should be able to click on the image and get the file. If it is a game, it should take you to the page that has instructions. This is all material that I freely share. There is no sign up and no strings attached.

Please let me know if you find any broken links. I am still working on organizing things so all the bugs aren’t worked out yet! If you see something that I have left off of the Easter page, please let me know.

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The Strife is O’er – an Easy Easter Hymn

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Won

The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Won

The Strife is O’er, the Battle Won is an Easter hymn that has wonderful, majestic music attributed to Palestrina. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) was an important and influential musician in the history of music. The lyrics, to the best of my knowledge, were from an old Latin hymnbook and were translated into English in the 19th century. The first line containing the “alleluias” was evidently added at that time and was not part of the original music by Palestrina.

This powerful hymn is an Easter resurrection hymn, but it is also used in funerals. It was used at the funeral of one of my favorite students and I always tear up when I hear it.

While this hymn might not be as well-known as the last Easter hymn I posted, I think it makes a good Easter hymn for teachers who have students who want to play hymns. It is particularly suited for older beginners or students who are interested in playing for church in the future.

I have heard the hymn with organ, piano, orchestra, and even a praise band, and for a 500 year old hymn, it has passed the time test! Musically, my arrangement also has some teaching skills, including pedal point and playing 3-note chords together to get a clean sound. They need to practice lifting their wrists/hands when they move from the chord in measure 6 and play measure 7. Beginners tend to keep their finger on the repeated note.

Like a lot of older hymns, it is usually written in 3/2 time, so don’t be horrified that I changed it to 3/4! I actually originally arranged it in 3/2 but it looked confusing for students at this level.

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