Music for Space Themed Recital

This week my students will be choosing pieces for our spring recital, Reach Beyond the Stars. I thought that it may be helpful to share the pieces I have found for my students to choose from in case you are doing a space themed recital or might in the future… If you know of any others that aren’t listed below, feel free to share in the comments!

(Note: Pop pieces like Star Wars and Part of Your World, etc… are available in all sorts of levels. I am just listing them below once)


Pre-Reading (off staff)-

Night Songs- Mary Leaf


Early Elementary-

The Eastern Eclipse- Jerald Simon

Spaceship to Mars- Carol Matz

Spaced Out!- Cheryl Finn and Eamonn Morris

My Race in Space- Willard A. Palmer

A Walk in Space- Willard A. Palmer

Star Wars- Faber Pop Rep. Primer

Yellow Spaceship- Kevin Olson

Night of Stars- Faber/My First Piano Lesson C

Rising Stars-  Jennifer Eklund/Pronto Pizazz

Part of Your World- Faber/PreTime Popular

Men from Mars- Faber/Piano Adventures Primer

No Moon Tonight- Faber/Piano Adventures 1 Lesson

Dreamy Sky Blue- Faber/Piano Adventures Gold Star Performance 1

The Alien in My Treehouse- Carol Matz



Shooting Stars- Elizabeth W. Greenleaf

Sky Blue- Robert D. Vandall

Alien Yard Sale- Larry Rapshaw

Star Trails- Walter and Carol Noona

Moonlit Path- Debra Perez/Will Baily (Reflective Moments 2)

The Return- Spotlight Solos- Jennifer Eklund

Starlight Dreams- Christine H. Barden

Soaring Above the Clouds- William Workinger and Ed Sueta (Keys to successful performance 2)

Stargazing- Helen Marlais

Star Quest- Phillip Keveren (Hal Leonard)

Storms on Saturn- Piano Adventures Lesson 2A

Starry, Starry Night- PA 2A

My Moonbeam- Alfred’s Premier Performance 2A

Purple Twilight- Alfred’s Premier Performance 2B

Somewhere Out There- Hal Leonard Popular Piano Solos 2

Mist in the Moonlight- Elizabeth W. Greenleaf (In Recital Bk. 2)

A Place in Outer Space- Kevin and Julia Olson (Simply Silly Duets)

First Flight- Melody Bober (Just for Fun Elem)

Moonfinder- Dennis Alexander (Finger Paintings 1)

Somewhere Out There- WB Taz’s Terrific Songs

Saturns Rings- Martha Sherill Kelsey (Superstar Solo’s ‘N Stickers 1B)

Hopscotch on Mars- Martha Sherill Kelsey (Superstar Solo’s ‘N Stickers 1B)

Milky Way- Piano Adventures 2B

Lunar Eclipse- Piano Adventures 2B


Late Elementary-

Mission in Outer Space- Dennis Alexander

Space Flight= Elmer G. Lee

Voyage to Mars (3 solos)- Arthur Frackenpohl

Dance of the Moon and Stars-



In the Distance- Will Baily

Rocket Man- Jerald  Simon

Five, Four, Three, Two, One… Blast Off!- Jerald Simon

Starlight Serenade- Jerald Simon

The Comet’s Tale- Melody Bober

Martian March- Jennifer Linn

First Light- Mary Leaf

Starlight Waltz-  Timothy Brown

Diamonds in the Sky- Nancy Lau

Sunbird- Lynn Freeman Olson Signature Collection Vol. 2

Space Adventures (Bk with 10 solos)- James Bastien

Musical Planets (Bk with 8 solos)- Carolyn Miller

No Limits- Jennifer Eklund

Starry Night- Alfred’s Premier Performance 3

Nightfall- Piano Adventures Technique 3B

I Believe I Can Fly- PA Pop. Rep. 3B


Early Intermediate/Intermediate-

Looking Up- Jerald Simon

Something Like a Star- Ann Buys (

Stargazing- Kevin Olson

Across the Stars- Dan Coats

Journey’s End- Jennifer Eklund

New Horizons- Jennifer Eklund

Guiding Light- Jennifer Eklund

Drops of Jupiter- Train (Hal Leonard)

All of the Stars- Ed Sheeran (Best of Ed Sheeran Hal Leonard)

Sun Catchers- Robert Vandall (Celebrated Piano Solos Bk. 3)

Fishing the Sky- Kurt Bestor (Pianoscape 1)

Purple Moon- Dennis Alexander (Just for You 4)

Star Trails (Bk with 8 intermediate solos)- Lynn Freeman Olson

Space Travel (Bk with 9 intermediate solos)- Nancy Telfer

From a Distance- Hal Leonard More Pop solos 5

Star Trek The Next Generation- Hal Leonard Pop Solos 5

Wind Beneath the Wings- Piano Adventures Pop Rep 5

Moonscapes- Christopher Norton (Connections for Piano 5)

Swinging on a Star- Alfred’s Premier Pop and Movie Hits 6

Star Dust- Elena Cobb



Distant Galaxy-

Columns of the Sky-

Jewels in a Night Sky- Kathleen Massoud

Venus- Naoko Ikeda

Beyond the Horizon- Randall Hartsell

Music Connections

music (custom design)

This morning I had an appointment at a medical office. The front desk is always an interesting thing (regardless of where), the person is either friendly or not very friendly. Honestly I don’t understand why the “not friendly” get hired for a front desk position but that’s another topic…

Anyway, upon checking in, the lady at the front desk was in the category of not very friendly. Which wasn’t great because I was already having a little bit of anxiety with this appointment. But something interesting happened. About 1/2 hour later after checking in, she called me up about insurance stuff and while I was standing there she asked if I was a piano teacher. (I was wearing a piano teacher t-shirt). When I said “yes”, her entire demeanor changed. All of the sudden she was pleasant. She then talked about how she was just talking to her Mom on the phone yesterday about wishing she learned to play and so on…

Which made me think of how music simply connects us. Regardless of experience or lack thereof (which was in her case), there is something about it that makes us feel connected.

What kind of music connections have you noticed in your life that maybe surprised you?

Wishlist Wednesday


Did you hear? There is a HUGE sale going on at TpT right now. The biggest discount you will be able get for a while so be sure to take advantage! Just don’t forget to enter the special code Heroes!

I am linking up with Aileen Miracle for Wishlist Wednesday. In this linky party we are sharing one item from our store, one from another store and a clipart item.

1. Item from my store…

Since summer will be upon us before we know it, I thought I would share a Group Made Fun product which is a product you can use for camps, workshops, classes and group lessons. Right now I just have a few in my store with more coming soon!

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.00.24 AMGroup Made Fun: Conducting Basics includes up to 2 hours of lesson planning, conducting basic tips for students, conducting posters to use and a snack and craft idea to do with your students.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.59.10 AMI think it is important for students to know the basics of conducting regardless of the instrument they play. Plus it is actually a lot of fun for them to learn how to conduct and follow a conductor!

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2. Item from another store…

Something that has been on my wish list for awhile is Student Savvy’s Music Activities.

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Students learn about the four different musical instrument types(percussion, brass, woodwind, and string) and have the chance to create their own instrument. They brainstorm together and then draw a picture and present their creation. In addition there is an opportunity for story writing. I think it looks like a great supplemental resource in a class, camp, workshop, etc… and am looking forward in using it.

3. Clipart

This one is a hard one because I have a lot on my wish list! Quite a few of them are from Educlips so I thought I would feature one of those. I have been wanting to get her backgrounds for awhile as there are a lot of possibilities for them.

One that I didn’t have on my wish list yet (but is now) is the Biomes and Landforms bundle. I thought this was a unique bundle and am looking forward to doing something with it!

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.16.15 AMWell that is it for Wishlist Wednesday! Have fun creating your wish list and then adding it to your cart! I know I will! 😉


Teachers are Heroes!


What is your SUPERPOWER? Teaching music of course! Sometimes that takes some major superpowers!

To celebrate YOU, the hero you are to all you students, TpT is having a site-wide sale on February 25th and I’m participating! When you use the code: HEROES you can receive up to 28% off your purchase. This is the biggest discount you will be able to take advantage of for a while as TpT doesn’t do these sales very often. So take advantage and switch those items from your wish list to your cart! Happy Shopping and don’t forget to use the code!

Click here or the banner above or below to go to my store.


Tech Tuesday: Understanding Intervals

Leila Viss with 88 Piano Keys recently came out with an iBook that I think every studio needs to download and use with their students. Understanding Intervals is a free interactive e-book you can receive when you sign up for the 88 Piano Keys newsletter here. 

The fun thing about e-books is the interactivity possibilities. In Understanding Intervals, Leila has recordings of her speaking and giving examples throughout the book. I love that she narrates so I can even use the book with younger students that might not read very well yet.

Understanding Intervals are divided into 3 parts. The first part is going through what an interval is. Besides visual and audio, musical examples are also given.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.36.48 PMPart 2 is about finding the right fit. Throughout the book, Leila creatively likens intervals like shoe sizes. I love this! This gives students wonderful visual examples they can instantly relate to. In part two Leila goes through half and whole steps, Major, minor, Augmented and Diminished intervals.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.40.17 PMPart 3 is “Tying” everything together (remember the shoe analogy?). In this section students will learn about scales in relation to the intervals and changing the quality of the intervals.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.40.41 PMAt the end of the book, Leila recommends some apps you can follow up with students reviewing what they just learned.

I will be using Understanding Intervals next week during students lab time. Though this book would also be great to use even during a group lesson! After my students go through the book, they will be following up with the apps that were recommended. I love how thorough the app was and how it was presented. I loved the shoe analogy and all the examples that were given. Great job Leila!

Remember you can receive a free copy of this book by going here and signing up for Leila’s newsletter. You will need to download iBooks on your iPad as that is where the app will show up. You can download iBooks here.

On another note… Leila Viss recently interviewed me about how I use the iPad in my studio. I was in the middle of typing this post when an email from 88 Piano Keys came in and I saw the interview is now live! Check it out here.

Lovin’ A Good Deal!

Do you love a good deal? I sure do! Even though Valentines is over I’ve joined up with some music teachers cuz’ we are LovinAGoodDeal on Feb. 18th!

Brand new off the press is 3 new rhythm bump it templates for spring, a fun game students love. The spring templates retails at $7.50 but is set at a bundled price of $5.00. With the LovinAGoodDeal going on, you can get this set for only $3.00 for today only! That is over 50% off retail!

Be sure to check it out and remember to search for LovinAGoodDeal for all the goodies!


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