Pieces I Love to Teach: Early Sonatinas

Four of my favorite simple Sonatinas. If you've taught these before, you'll be pleased to be reminded of them. If they are new to you, you're in for a treat!

Jazz Sonatina look inside Jazz Sonatina By Robert D. Vandall. For Piano. Piano Solo; Solo. Form: Sonatina. Jazz. Intermediate. Sheet. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.PA02504)

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This is the first piece by Vandall that I ever taught and remains one of my favorites. Comfortable hand position changes and interesting harmonies. Any movement can be a stand-alone recital piece, but my students particularly love the third movement.

Sonatina in G Sonatina in G (Later Elementary Level). By William L. Gillock. Willis. Late Elementary. 7 pages. Willis Music #10648. Published by Willis Music (HL.404729)

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Perfectly written, beautiful and sweet. I give this piece to my more musical students as a challenge piece. It looks harder than it is - reading is a bit tricky, but it's completely worth it. Every student I've ever taught it to has loved it. Suitable for a child just heading into early intermediate repertoire.

Showtime Sonatina Showtime Sonatina By Jane Smisor Bastien. For piano. Bastien Piano Solos. Level 2. Music book. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WP1133)

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This simple piece has jazzy rhythms and a big, important sound to it. It's such a favorite of my students that I have to be careful not to give it to more than one at a time. Otherwise there's a fight over who gets to play it on the recital.

Elementary/Late Elementary

Halloween Sonatine Halloween Sonatine By Keith Snell. For piano. Piano Town Series. Halloween. Level 4. Sheet music. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.MP1001)

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This piece is a staple on my fall Halloween recital. I'm particularly fond of the second movement, Exploring the Haunted Mansion, which uses long pedals and interesting harmonies. I often have a student play only that movement on the recital. Early intermediate level.