The following videos are compositions created by my piano students using Chord Piano is Fun!
When I first tell a student that they will be writing a song, most of them look at me incredulously like they are saying, “Are you KIDDING me?” They don’t believe that that they will be able to
pull it off. But as you can see from the videos below, they have all done remarkably well in creating their own music. with their own style and personality.
Each student is at a different stage in their learning process, and several students have learning challenges. But, each one of these students has learned to create music that they and their families
can be very proud of.
In my student's compositions, I give them plenty of "wiggle room" when it comes to musical form. I give them a basic chord progression, but they can add additional chords into their music and "go
outside the box" -- as long as it sounds good to them. Through this process, they are learning how to "hear" what sounds good together, as well as learning the theory behind WHY it sounds that
I hope you enjoy these videos!
"Sailing Over Seas"
This wonderful composition was written and performed by Zoe N, who is 10 years old. She used the chords in the key of A minor and loves the use of broken chords and arpeggios.
This is a fun song by one of my youngest students, Stuart, affectionately called "Mr. Watts". He likes to write his music with this "pen name". He wanted you to know that he worked very hard on this
song and although it is not perfect, he did his best work and likes how it turned out. Good job, Mr. Watts!
This beautiful piece is an original piano composition written and performed by Sydney B, who is in 5th grade, and is a fairly new student to piano. I sprung it on her during lessons yesterday that I
would like to videotape her song, "Graceful". She "gracefully" obliged.
"Fireflies in the Starlight"
Megan F. has been playing piano for only about 2 months. In her first piano composition, she is "comping on the fly" using the C, F and G chords with her left hand and mostly the C, D, E, F, and G
with her right hand. She loves the slight "jig" sound and thinks this song sounds like fireflies. I do, too! (Plus, she has a snappy new hairdo.)
"Something About Rain"
This song, written by Rob P., was recorded during a recital. It has a wonderful "mysterious" quality about it.
"A Chance for Hope"
This lovely song is an original composition written and performed by another 5th grader, Mallory M. It is written in the key of A Minor, and she included the use of broken chords with each
"Uncharted Course" by Justin Z.
Justin is one of my 12 year old students who has written and performed the following song. I asked him if he could make it longer, because it finished too soon and I wanted to hear
Audrey is another of my 12 year old students who has composed this haunting song called "Russian Rainfall". We hope you enjoy it! It is written in the key of A Minor.
"Something About Rain"
This composition a wonderful "mysterious" quality about it. It was written and performed by Rob P. at a recent recital.