Forum Q&A: Duet Repertoire Suggestions

Barefoot Easter SerenadeOur previous Forum Q&A post was about Christmas gifts for piano students.  We received a LOT of responses — thank you!  I will definitely be consulting that post again next year when Christmas rolls around!

Our new Forum Q&A is a topic suggested by a reader.  She says:

“My New Years resolution in my studio is for myself and my students to sight read and prepare more duets.  I would love suggestions on duets at all levels.” 

 So, please share in the comments of this post!  What are some of your favorite solos or books for piano duet to use with students?

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  1. Posted 10 January 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    My students and I love the Martha Sherrill Kelsey “Martha n’ Me” duet books. They are great for beginner and elementary students.

  2. Francisco Faz
    Posted 10 January 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    C. S. Theme and Variations By Randall Compton…Very funny !

  3. Posted 10 January 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Carol of the Bells – Robert Vandall. Intermediate. Sounds impressively harder than it is.

  4. Posted 10 January 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    “Racing the Wind” by Robert Vandall is also very fun – more of an early advanced solo – and he has several other duets that I loved playing as an older student, and many of my students love as well.

    Also the C.S. Theme & Variations mentioned above is amazing as well!! So fun to perform and watch!!

  5. Kathy
    Posted 10 January 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Great topic! LOVE duets–we do several at our Spring Recital. A few intermediate favorites: Carnival for Two (C. Rollin); Turquois Skies, Ostinato Barbaro, and Allegro Festivo (R. Vandall); Windrider, Race to the Peak, and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (arr.) (M. Bober); Funtasia in F Minor (C. Miller); Sicilienne (arr. T. Brown). An all-time late elementary favorite: Copycat (C. Matz).

    Our local teachers’ group is planning an all-duet recital for next fall! I’ll be watching for more suggestions.

  6. Sara
    Posted 10 January 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m working on the Norwegian Dance by Edvard Grieg with my son. It’s Intermediate level and quite fun.

  7. Posted 10 January 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    my students love to play”After Hours” Late Elementery and “UP-Grade! Duets” Elementery by Pam Wedgwood
    “A Spaniard for Elise” by Michael Proksch,
    “Klaviermusik zu vier Händen” (Piano Music for Four Hands), Volume1,2 and 3 (really great collection of composers from the piano literature, I haven´t found a better one!) by Anne Terzibaschitsch
    wonderful for beginners: “Animali Domestici” by Mario Consiglio – very cute little pieces!
    and of course Debussy “Petite suite” – Late Intermediate

  8. Posted 10 January 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    .. elementary.. sorry

  9. Jennifer
    Posted 10 January 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Lady Gaga Fugue! I have twelve-year-old twin boys playing this – it’s fantastic!

    • Posted 11 January 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      I just saw that one the other day! Looks so fun. I also love All-American Hometown Band, and Bizet’s Le Bal.

  10. Andri-Ellen
    Posted 11 January 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    One of my current favorites is “Spotlights on Duets” published by FJH. It is part of a series of 3 graded books. Book 3 contains intermediate/late intermediate duets of familiar pieces such as Canon in D, a selection from Scheherazade, Sicilienne (mentioned by another commenter), and a couple Sousa marches.

    • Andri-Ellen
      Posted 11 January 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      Sorry… that should have been singular: “Spotlight on Duets”

  11. Laura B.
    Posted 11 January 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Two all-time student favorites: “The Race” by Carolyn Miller (early intermediate) and “Big River Barn Dance” by Carrie Kraft (intermediate).

  12. Dana
    Posted 11 January 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I like the Carol Matz series “Famous and Fun Duets” and “Famous and Fun Pop Duets” – lots of familiar tunes and there’s something for every ability level.

  13. Posted 12 January 2013 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Like Dana, I also use Famous & Fun Pop Duets by Carol Matz. My pupils really love playing them and it has improved their efforts towards better timing like nothing else I can think of !
    For more advanced pupils I have used “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Piano Duet Play-Along) by Hal Leonard. This book of duets comes with a CD that can play either secondo or primo whilst your pupil is at the piano. Wonderful for home practice for the student.

  14. Hannah
    Posted 12 January 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I love “Easy Classical Duets for Teacher and Student.” There are 3 different levels of books, and the first one has a really simple part for the student and a teacher part that really spices it up. My students love them!

  15. Orlia
    Posted 13 January 2013 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Dennis Alexander has a series called “Jazz SophistiCAT” and I enjoy the 2 duet books for late elementary-intermediate students. It gives students a taste of jazz piano history and styles while being quite fun to learn and perform.

  16. Posted 14 January 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I wrote a fun duet for level 1 students called “Hop, Skip and Jump”. It’s available at Piano Song Download to download and print. There is also a duet by Rami Bar-Niv where the Secondo plays note for note the entire Bach Prelude #1 in C from WTC Book I, while Primo plays Rami Bar-Niv’s Vocalise. It’s great for level 3-4 players.

  17. Patty Mack
    Posted 22 January 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    For duets, The Spanish Tornado by Noona (Level 4), The All American Hometown Band (Level 4) by Noona, C.S. Theme & Variations by Randall Compton, The Midnight Horseman by Eben, Rhythm and Boogie by Bastien (Level 3), Palomino Gallop by Bober, Diamond Sonatina by Vandall, Rondo by Mozart, many of the Diabelli duets especially the E Minor and The Wanderer, Happiness Runs and Bluebird on My Shoulder by Faber and any version of Heart and Soul as improvised by students of all ages and levels!

  18. Kathy
    Posted 29 January 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Debra Wanless has a wonderful selection of duets, trios and 2 piano-4/8 hand pieces for all grade levels at My students love these and we look forward to having an ensemble recital in the Spring.

  19. M.E.Somerville
    Posted 30 January 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Love the duet suggestions! am looking for piano/violin duets for late elem. early intermediate students. Also piano/flute. Will welcome any suggestions.

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