Original piano solos composed by Ina Dykstra and Jan Randall. Clickable titles link to YouTube recordings.
All Out of Treats
Teachers can encourage a hammed up performance worthy of this tragedy.
A Second Opinion
Students can play this piece with "attitude" and really enjoy the dissonance provided by the major second intervals.
An opportunity to explore playing with hands two octaves apart and adding chord clusters for dramatic effect.
This music evokes the journey of a toddler just learning how to climb stairs, determined to get to the very top.
In the land of dreams you can take yourself to another world.
This happy little piece is like two friends that are imitating each other.
The right hand plays a melody while the left hand hops, and then the hands switch roles.
Inspired by the little hummingbird that visits daily outside our studio window to have a sip of nectar and listen to the piano.
Knocking On Wood
Ina thought it might be interesting and fun to use the right hand as a percussion instrument while the left hand plays the tune.
The right hand is based on a Dm natural scale while the left hand provides a repeated bass note pattern.
This is a twelve bar blues with two ways to play the theme, first detached and then legato.
For anyone who has had the pleasure of skipping stones on water this is a fun and free exploration of black note clusters.
A study in contrast between a simple light melody and rhythmic clusters in the opposing hand.
Inspired by the idea of creating the beginnings of a theme for a sonatina.