Play The Secret Garden! This lovely melody from The Secret Garden movie 1993 will become a favorite of your piano students.
From one of several movies based on the classic children's book, "The Secret Garden," here is what my family has always called "The Secret Garden Song," starting at 17 seconds in:
Bm is a more beautiful setting for this piece, in my opinion. It always seems to have a fresher sound than the key of Am (the relative minor to C major, which beginners spend so much time in).
Additionally, if your early intermediate student has been "stuck" playing mostly music with no black keys in it, this piece will be a good next step - not too hard, and not too many black keys!
If students will make use of the well-tested fingering, the right hand will fall into place quickly. First, finger 1 starts the melody on A (or B, in the key of Bm). Then, finger 2 sets down on A (B) and finishes the phrase. Next, a new phrase starts with finger 3 on A (B)!
One, then two, then three. If students see this and try it out, this melody will be easy.
This is one of those engaging, sweetly piercing melodies that pulls you along. As easy as it is for accomplished pianists, it is still a great pleasure for them to play through and master. For more advanced students who need a "quick study" that is lovely, and LIVELY (it moves along quickly), this is a great choice!
Actually, there is a longer rendition, with a reflective-sounding intro, that happens sometime in the movie (you know how movie soundtrack themes return again and again), but I haven't been able to isolate it in an online video, YET, or in the Hal Leonard database.
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Unlike almost ALL of the music on this website, I cannot give you this pretty piece for free.
The composer of this music, Zbigniew Antoni Preisner, has made his Secret Garden music available for musicians to arrange. It is necessary, however, for musicians to pay him for his music!
All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
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