The following videos are compositions created by my piano students using Chord Piano is Fun! 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. The students were thrilled when we put their composition on paper along with the Copyright date and their name.
This is 8-year-old Addison. This song is called, "It's Better Now", and was written for a friend of hers who broke her arm but was on the mend. It is written in the Key of C and she is using only the 1, 4, 5, and 6 chords of that key.
This is a composition and performance by Sydney Bryant, a shy 5th grader at the time. I sprung it on her during lessons that I would like to videotape her song, Graceful. She "gracefully" obliged. Sydney has gone on to become and songwriter and performer in her own right. You can find her music at www.sydneybryantmusic.com, as well as her testimonial on this website.
This mesmerizing piano composition was written and performed by 10-year-old Zoe. 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.
I am very proud of his song, "Stand Proud", and so is he. 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!
Audrey was 12 years old at the time she composed and performed this haunting song called "Russian Rainfall". It is written in the Key of A Minor.
Megan is proud to say that she has Aspergers and loves being different. She had been playing piano for about 2 months at this recording. In her first piano composition, "Fireflies In The Starlight," 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. (Plus, she has a snappy new hairdo.)
This lovely song, "A Chance For Hope," was written by 5th grader Mallory M. It is a song written in the key of A Minor, using broken chords with each hand. Mallory was so pleased to be able to write this song (so am I!) and wrote me a testimonial for Chord Piano Is Fun!
Morgan S. Plays "The Blues"
Morgan had been playing piano for about 4 months at this recording and was 8 years old. This is the first time she sat down at the piano to play "improv." I placed dots on each note of the blues scale so that she could play only those notes while she improvised alongside me playing the blues chords in the bass. She began to "feel" my rhythm and play with the jazz feel.
Teaching Chord Piano
Here I am with 9-year-old Zoe J. She is learning the "Left Hand Rhythm Pattern for Ballads (1-5-1-2-3)" but is using both hands. This is a beautiful pattern to accompany yourself or someone else singing Christmas Carols such as "Silent Night" or "Away in the Manger." You can find this technique under my Advanced Videos section that are a part of the Video Membership.