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#41016 - 03/22/09 07:12 PM Graduating from Level 5...Now what?
PianoParadox Offline
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I am in the middle of the Piano Adventures Level 5 right now, and my teacher says I can pick up harder pieces to practice after this. Can you recommend any good piano pieces for me?
If it helps, I'm 12.
Thank You!:)

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#41017 - 03/22/09 09:18 PM Re: Graduating from Level 5...Now what? [Re: PianoParadox]
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To start: Clementi sonatinas (no. 2 and up) you've already done some parts of no. 1 from piano adventures. Mozart Sonata in C major, K545. Bach 2-part inventions: start with #1 or #8. Fur Elise by Beethoven. Chopin nocturne in C minor (posthumous). (get Alfred's Chopin: Introduction to his works)

Congrats! Have fun!
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#41024 - 03/23/09 11:58 PM Re: Graduating from Level 5...Now what? [Re: PianoAddict]
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Here is a past discussion with a number of suggestions.

After Book 5

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#41025 - 03/24/09 09:01 AM Re: Graduating from Level 5...Now what? [Re: GailS]
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There's an excellent book published by Alfred called "Essential Keyboard Repertoire," that has a lot of great music from all different time periods.

If you're interested in pop and jazz, then look at Christopher Norton's "Connections" series. After PA Level 5, Connections level 4 would probably be about right. (Same with the Celebration Series books, which follow the same grading system but contain mostly classical music.)

I'd also suggest getting started on the Sonatina repertoire. One of my favorite sonatina books is the one published by Schirmer and edited by Jeffrey Biegel. He also recorded the pieces on a CD that comes with the book. He's a wonderful pianist and his performances are fantastic.

Another of my favorite books is "A Japanese Festival" by Yoshinao Nakada. It has a little of everything, from the quiet and beautiful "Song of Twilight" to the brilliant and flashy "Etude Allegro."

I hope that gives you some ideas. Happy Practicing!
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#41219 - 04/07/09 09:13 PM Re: Graduating from Level 5...Now what? [Re: Jason]
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My teacher has already started me on the easiest of the Celebration Series books, and she makes me figure out a song on my own every week and the I play it for her on Piano Lesson Day.
She says it's good for me to figure out stuff on my own.
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