Here’s my student, Logan, playing Pumpkin Dance by Timothy Brown from Book 2.
Look at the Witches
Things that Go Bump in the Night
“Mashed Potato Clouds” by Diane Hidy
“My dream has
finally come true!
I get to play Mashed Potato Clouds.”
–Logan, 2nd grader
Logan had heard her older brother play Mashed Potato Clouds, and she loved it! More than a year later, I suggested that she might like to learn it, too.
“Will I be able to play it for recital?” she asked excitedly.
“That was my exact plan,” I responded.
Students love Mashed Potato Clouds! It has a catchy tune with a pop kind of vibe. It sounds harder than it is, and the repeated melodic and rhythmic patterns make it easy to learn.
Every time I have a student play it on a recital, another student asks to learn it.
Find it in Diane Hidy’s Attention Grabbers, Book 2, published by Kjos. All four of the books in this set are fantastic, but the biggest hit from them in my studio (so far) has been Mashed Potato Clouds.
“Incognito” by Jason Sifford
Incognito, a jazz nocturne, is a piece I’ve discovered only recently, but I loved it from the first time I played it. With its haunting G minor melody and flashy 16th note riffs, it’s just fun to play. It’s been an easy sell for several of my early advanced students, and has quickly become a studio recital favorite.
Find it in the FJH Music Company’s In Recital for the Advancing Pianist: Original Solos, Book 2.