“Tchaikovsky’s Theme”: Practice the piece following the dynamic marks. Remember that the overall volume of the piece is on the softer side. The first phrase is always soft, and you grow louder in the second phrase.

Take a few minutes to practice the sudden p in bar 16 and the jumps in the coda.

If you have time, start reading “Willow Tree Waltz” (Book 3A, p. 62-63).


Piano Adventures p.  “Rodeo”. Make sure he’s starting with the right fingers (thumb in C, left hand; middle finger in G, right hand). Encourage him to go throughout the whole song without stopping between the first and the second line.


Piano Adventures, p. 27 “This is Not Jingle Bells”. I am pretty sure he will recognize Yankee Doodle from the Primer Level book, and it is not going to be difficult for him to read that bit. That being the case, I think the most important part is that he gets the thirds from Jingle Bells right. (Left hand: E-G; right hand C-E).

For “Luigi’s Mansion”, help him follow this model for the second part of the song:


“A Little Piece”: When you practice, start with mm. 21-35. Pick a comfortable tempo and play those bars, making sure that you are following the dynamic marks. For the end, remember that each chord is short, and once you press the keys you have to prepare the next one. Keep in mind that the piece is in triple meter, so try to always count in your head while playing.