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I have a student who is 12 years old and tiny, with tiny hands. She started piano young with a different teacher and came to me a couple years ago already doing rather well with sight reading but needing lots of retraining with counting and fingering. Two years later, she's doing far, far better with those two things, and seriously taking off. I would estimate she's a strong level 6.

The other day, she came to her lesson having not only perfected but memorized a few of the pieces I'd assigned her a week earlier. I asked her how much she tended to practice each day, and her answer was, "I don't know. It's summer, and I'm bored, so I practice all the time."

I need to keep this girl in music, and when she's passing it off all the time, she's gone through all my favorites and then some. Haha. She absolutely loves fast, furious pieces, especially in minor keys, as well as upbeat jazzy pieces. She's fine with sonatinas. Slow and beautiful is more or less right out, though I do assign some of those for character building. I aim to always have one or two assigned pieces that I know she'll love and practice like mad, though.

She can reach an octave, but it's kind of uncomfortable at this point. Definitely not any full 1235 chords or anything where she'd need to move her octave a lot, like playing an octave scale.

Share some of your favorite pieces that you think might appeal to her. smile


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I have a student who is 12 years old and tiny, with tiny hands. She started piano young with a different teacher and came to me a couple years ago already doing rather well with sight reading but needing lots of retraining with counting and fingering. Two years later, she's doing far, far better with those two things, and seriously taking off. I would estimate she's a strong level 6.

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The obvious classical piece is Mozart's K545 sonata - all three movements.

Others include:




....and Grieg's Bridal Song, Op.17/24

For something spiky and even jazzy, there's Bartók's "Merry Andrew" from Mikrokosmos, and Prokofiev's Vision fugitive No.10 (no octaves in either):



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As well as the recommendations above, I'd like to add my (and my students') favourite dance pieces, which are predominantly lively - Chopin's Mazurka in B flat, Op.7/1, and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances.




Its difficulty is dependent on how fast you play the last two dances. There is no need to play them at breakneck speed, like some virtuosi do!

Both contain very few big chords, but they can be easily reduced to fewer notes if required.

Incidentally, Fur Elise is also a possibility, if she hasn't already played it?

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Despite the faster middle section, Fur Elise is exactly the kind of song she hates--the main theme is too well known, too pretty, too peaceful or whatever. The "furious" part of the equation is equally important. She loves pieces that are in minor keys and have a kind of "epic" or "furious" or "aggressive" sound. If she could play the third movement of the Moonlight Sonata or if her hands were big enough for Grieg's March of the Trolls, she'd play them nonstop.

I do love those Bartok Romanian Folk Dances. I'm not sure how she'd feel about them, but in general.


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When you say strong level 6 what scale is that on? ABRSM or RCM?

A few random suggestions:

Grieg Elfin Dance
Kabalevsky Rondo-Toccata
CPE Bach Solfeggio

Maybe one of the fast Bach little preludes or the D minor invention could be possible.

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This seems to fit the bill (maybe simplify the octaves a little)


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