Taken from Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" violin concerto (composed in 1723), this piece has been arranged for a 1 piano, 4 hands duet . It's also fun to play on a synthesizer, using the strings and orchestra settings to give it more of an "authentic" sound.
This playful piece in 4/4 time begins in C Major 5-finger pattern, then moves out slightly from that pattern as the piece progresses. Careful attention to fingering is necessary to make the changes work smoothly.
This classical piece has been simplified for early intermediate students to enjoy.
For students on this level who want to learn "Happy Birthday to You", this arrangement in F Major is "just the key".
Expect a lot of hand changes in this piece, especially in the right hand. The left hand starts with a dotted quarter to eighth note rhythm, giving it a casual beat in the bass. Even with these challenges, it is a piece that students can easily learn, especially with some hands separate practice.
A fun piece of Americana for the level 2-3 student, "Yankee Doodle" is written in the Key of G Major and is in 4/4 time. Two verses with words are given for singing along.
This 1 piano, 4 hands duet has the primo moving from the right side of the bench to the left... and back again, and again! It's a fun piece with lots of room for performance choreography. It's written in the key of d minor.