Music for boys

Posted by: chasingrainbows

Music for boys - 01/10/13 08:38 PM

If there have been previous threads on this topic, please excuse this (and direct me there) question. My advanced searches were fruitless. So far, the pieces that seem to really excite my young men (7 to 12) are the Tempest (Faber), Dragon Hunt, (Faber) Harry Potter and Star Wars music. Can anyone recommend level 2 up to and including intermediate pieces that are exciting but not too advanced? Thanks.
Posted by: Barb860

Re: Music for boys - 01/10/13 09:53 PM

Originally Posted By: chasingrainbows
If there have been previous threads on this topic, please excuse this (and direct me there) question. My advanced searches were fruitless. So far, the pieces that seem to really excite my young men (7 to 12) are the Tempest (Faber), Dragon Hunt, (Faber) Harry Potter and Star Wars music. Can anyone recommend level 2 up to and including intermediate pieces that are exciting but not too advanced? Thanks.


Christopher Goldston's "Night Train", www.susanparadis.com for some fun tunes for level 1-2 (Spy bot, Dragon, Chasing the Moon, others, go there and take a look, my boy students love these). Also: Home Run Harry (level 2 A Faber sheet music), There's Nothing Like a Circus Faber 2A sheet, Melody Bober's Midnight Escapade (FJH music) for intermediates, and Timothy Brown's Into the Night (intermediate, FJH music).
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Music for boys - 01/10/13 10:11 PM

This year I concentrate in Dennis Alexander's music, here is a few that my boys favorite:
Caprice a la carte
Staccato Strut
Danza Spiccato
Mobile Street Rock!
Rhythm Roulette
Blackbeard's Bounty
Posted by: Brinestone

Re: Music for boys - 01/10/13 10:19 PM

I really enjoy Ogg the Caveman (every student I have, boy or girl, has loved it that has played it) and Kevin Olson's My Kind of Music series. I tend to try out jazz with boys, and I have found that the more recognizable the classical, the more boys tend to like it. I've been surprised by how open to learning classical music most of my male students have been.
Posted by: ymapazagain

Re: Music for boys - 01/10/13 10:56 PM

Have you checked out Tim Topham's blog? He did a series of posts about music for boys that could be really helpful.

http://timtopham.com/

I find most boys absolutely love Christopher Norton's music as well.
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Music for boys - 01/10/13 11:06 PM

There's also this (3 videos):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SEw9lS2pBM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tMBOVFIMx8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeTFz-6G-SY
Posted by: chasingrainbows

Re: Music for boys - 01/11/13 10:43 AM

Wow, thanks everyone! I will check them out.
Posted by: chasingrainbows

Re: Music for boys - 01/11/13 10:45 AM

Originally Posted By: ymapazagain
Have you checked out Tim Topham's blog? He did a series of posts about music for boys that could be really helpful.

http://timtopham.com/

I find most boys absolutely love Christopher Norton's music as well.


I went on his site, but wasn't able to find anything about music for boys.
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Music for boys - 01/11/13 02:24 PM

Try the Alfred Premier Piano Course, Pop and Movie Hits, levels 2A and 2B. They are wonderful.

Martha Mier's writing really appeals to this age group. I would also try some of her collections. You can't go wrong with her Jazz, Rags, and Blues books.
Posted by: chasingrainbows

Re: Music for boys - 01/11/13 04:10 PM

AZN, I've tried blues and jazz, rag, but most of my students aren't interested! I like Martha Meier and have some of her boooks. I will check out the Alfred premier hits books you mentioned. Thanks.
Posted by: Barb860

Re: Music for boys - 01/11/13 08:41 PM

Originally Posted By: chasingrainbows
AZN, I've tried blues and jazz, rag, but most of my students aren't interested! I like Martha Meier and have some of her boooks. I will check out the Alfred premier hits books you mentioned. Thanks.


My students like this book, "The Best of Martha Mier" collection of 7 late elementary favorite piano solos. Boys like Taco Rock and Jack o lantern Jamboree in there. I haven't had luck with her jazz, rags, and blues books but I know some teachers and their students love them. Piano Adventures has some fun supplement books for all levels, take a look on their website.
Posted by: chasingrainbows

Re: Music for boys - 01/12/13 09:31 PM

Barb, thanks, I've found some great pieces in PA such as The Tempest, Guitars of Seville, Malaguena. We need more pieces like that, they are great pieces that are not too difficult for Level 2 youngsters.
Posted by: ymapazagain

Re: Music for boys - 01/13/13 05:15 AM

Originally Posted By: chasingrainbows
Originally Posted By: ymapazagain
Have you checked out Tim Topham's blog? He did a series of posts about music for boys that could be really helpful.

http://timtopham.com/

I find most boys absolutely love Christopher Norton's music as well.


I went on his site, but wasn't able to find anything about music for boys.


Here are a couple of the posts:

http://timtopham.com/2011/06/07/teaching-boys-repertoire-ideas/

http://timtopham.com/2011/12/18/soundscapes-supersonics-more-cool-music-for-the-boys/

http://timtopham.com/2012/05/25/connections-by-christopher-norton-more-great-repertoire-for-boys/
Posted by: ymapazagain

Re: Music for boys - 01/13/13 05:17 AM

Also this one goes down a treat!

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Super-Mario-Series-for-Piano/19642701
Posted by: timtopham

Re: Music for boys - 01/13/13 11:05 PM

Originally Posted By: ymapazagain


Pretty difficult though!
Posted by: timtopham

Re: Music for boys - 01/13/13 11:08 PM

Originally Posted By: ymapazagain
Originally Posted By: chasingrainbows
Originally Posted By: ymapazagain
Have you checked out Tim Topham's blog? He did a series of posts about music for boys that could be really helpful.

http://timtopham.com/

I find most boys absolutely love Christopher Norton's music as well.


I went on his site, but wasn't able to find anything about music for boys.


Here are a couple of the posts:

http://timtopham.com/2011/06/07/teaching-boys-repertoire-ideas/

http://timtopham.com/2011/12/18/soundscapes-supersonics-more-cool-music-for-the-boys/

http://timtopham.com/2012/05/25/connections-by-christopher-norton-more-great-repertoire-for-boys/


Thanks for the referral, ymapazagain.

I've also just added a new post called New repertoire: David Nevue, Craig Armstrong, Kyle Landry and more which will suit boys and I'm working on a summary of my favourite pieces for boys from 2012 - stay tuned!