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Recommended Repertoire

The following books and pieces have been used and loved by MFKBK students.

The Faber and Faber performance series: one of the best sources for well-written teaching material. This series has books ranging in difficulty from primer level to level 5. Unlike a method book, these books contain real music that kids will enjoy playing.

Jazz, Boogies, and Blues

"Downtown Strut"
      by Margaret Goldston
This original piece has a catchy tune and is a great intermediate level piece. Even if you aren't a Jazz fan, you will love this piece.
Boogie 'n' Blues
     by Gayle Kowalchyk and E.L. Lancaster
This book offers 8 original boogies and blues songs for advanced beginners. These fun songs will get your toes tapping and are a great way to be introduced to the jazz and blues style.

Music from Movies

The Sound of Music
     Big Note Piano
This book contains 8 of your favorite songs from the classic musical "The Sound of Music" at a beginner's level.
The Lion King
     Big Note Piano
5 hit songs from "The Lion King" including: "I Just Can't Wait to be King", "Hakuna Matata", and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" at a beginning- intermediate level.
     Big Note Piano
This book has all of your favorite songs from "Mulan" and is about a level 2.
     Big Note Piano
6 songs from the movie including "Once Upon a December" and "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart" at an advanced beginner's level.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
     Easy Piano
This book has 6 great songs from the movie based on Roald Dahl's classic, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". This book is about a level 1.
My First Song Book: a Treasury of Favorite Songs to Sing and Play
     Easy Piano
16 songs from 13 Disney movies including: Aladdin ("A Whole New World"); Toy Story ("You've Got a Friend in Me"); and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ("Winnie the Pooh" and " The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers). This book is a level 1-2

Broadway Showtunes

The Ultimate Broadway Fake Book: 4th Edition
      Hal Leonard
This is the ultimate book of Broadway songs. With over 700 songs from almost 250 shows, from "Annie" to "Rent", there is something in here for everybody. For those of you who are unfamiliar with fakebooks, a fakebook is a book that contains just the melody of a song along with a few chords. This makes it very flexible because you can use whatever inversions of the chords you wish and make your own arrangements. This book is good for all levels because beginning students can just play the melodies and as you get more advanced, you can do more and more complex arrangements of the songs. In otherwords, this book will "grow" with you.

Christmas Music

Christmas Festival
       by Gayle Kowalchyk and E.L. Lancaster
 This book contains 12 classic Christmas songs at the primer level.
Merry Christmas!
      by Wiliard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, and Amanda Vick Lethco
7 Christmas favorites, Level 1B
Christmas Book
      by E.L. Lancaster and Morton Manus
11 newer Christmas songs including "Jingle Bell Rock", "Suzy Snowflake", and "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire). Level 1B
Faber and Faber also has great Christmas books for all levels.