Level 2

Level 2 is intended for students who have completed the Primer, Level 1A, and Level 1B piano tutorials. In most instances only one piece will be assigned each week. If you need a bigger challenge, add next week’s piece too. If you didn’t quite master your piece in one week, work on it for another week.

Week 1
 William Tell Overture (Rossini)    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

William Tell Overture is your first piece in your new piano book. The tempo (speed) of this piece is 'Allegro' which means fast. The secret of playing fast is practicing very slow. Practice each two measure phrase at a slow tempo. When you're ready, try a faster tempo.

MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 2. This is your music book for this level.

Meet the Teacher - J'ana DeLaTorre, Children's Theatre Pianist and Piano Teacher

Week 2
 Alouette    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Alouette introduces the decrescendo (gradually softer) and reviews the crescendo (gradually louder).

Adding dynamics, like crescendo and decrescendo, make music more interesting to listen to.

It's important to master the notes and rhythms first, and then add these dynamics to enhance what you're already playing. You wouldn't put hot fudge in your bowl before the ice cream. Right? You add the ice cream first, and then add the hot fudge to make it even better.

MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 2. This is your music book for this level.

Meet the Teacher - J'ana DeLaTorre, Children's Theatre Pianist and Piano Teacher

Week 3
 Ode to Joy (Beethoven)    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Ode to Joy provides you with a chance to practice dotted quarter notes. This rhythm is one of the most challenging rhythms for students to play the proper length. Make a special effort to count as you play Ode to Joy, to help you maintain a steady beat.

Meet the Teacher - Andy Fling, Teacher of Award-Winning Students and Founder of MakingMusicFun.net

Week 4
 Lavender's Blue    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Lavender's Blue reviews the time signature.

Do you remember what the top and bottom numbers of a time signature mean?

Watch the lesson and then quiz yourself by reviewing the songs you've just completed in the MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 1B.

Week 5
 When the Saints Go Marching In    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Dixieland is a early jazz style that began in New Orleans, and When the Saints Go Marching In is one of the most popular Dixieland songs ever!

When the Saints Go Marching In has may challenging parts. Set a goal to master four measures each day. The best way to do that is to practice slowly and stay focused on your selected measures until you have played them correctly five times. By the end of the week you'll be playing this piece perfectly.

The accent is introduced in this lesson.

When this musical symbol is placed above or below a note, the note should be played a little louder. Placing a little extra emphasis on these notes adds variety, and makes the music more fun to listen to. Checkout the demonstration recording at the end of the lesson for an example of how to play the accented notes.

Week 6
 Chopsticks    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Chopsticks was written in 1877 by Euphemia Allen when she was only sixteen years old. It was originally called, "The Celebrated Chop Waltz." The title was inspired by her instructions to play the melody and harmony part with both hands striking the keys in a chopping motion. The arrangement you'll learn this week is a little different than Miss Allen's original piece, but just as fun!

Try recording your performance after 3-4 days of practice to see if there are parts you could improve on.

Ask yourself:

Am I keeping a steady beat?
Am I playing the rhythms correctly?
Am I playing all the notes correctly?
Am I fingers rounded?
Am I sitting up straight?

Work on the things that aren't perfect yet, and make another recording in a couple days to see if you improved.

Week 7
 Blue Bumblebee    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Blue Bumblebee is your first piece with jazz rhythms. The eighth notes look the same, but they're played differently. The first note of every set of two eighth notes gets 2/3 of the beat and the second eighth note gets 1/3 of the beat.

It might take a few tries to get it right, but you will. After you've practiced Blue Bumblebee a few times, ask your parent to listen to you play. Next, ask them to compare your performance to the demonstration at the end of the lesson. They'll be able to offer ideas on how to make your perfomance even better.

Blue Bumblebee is a jazzy version of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. Read the Hey Kids, Meet Rimsky-Korsakov composer biography to learn more about this famous composer, listen to a recording of Flight of the Bumblebee and complete the following worksheets.

Week 8
 The Galway Piper    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Alouette included the crescendo (gradually louder) and decrescendo (gradually softer) to add contrast to the music. The Galway Piper includes two contrasting sections. The first section (measures 1-8) should be played mf (mezzo forte) - which means medium loud. The second section (measures 9-16) should be played f (forte) - which means loud.

Practice The Galway Piper phrase by phrase and very slowly. When you can play this piece from beginning to end with very few mistakes you'll be ready to add the dynamics.

The Galway Piper is a popular traditional Irish folk song that was published as early as 1740. It is also sometimes referred to as Celtic music because it originated in Ireland, Scotland or Wales. The people who live there are known as Celts.

Week 9
 Turkish March (Beethoven)    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Turkish March was written by Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer and pianist that was baptized on December 17, 1770 and lived until March 26, 1827. He is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time.

Week 10
 The B-I-B-L-E    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

The B-I-B-L-E is a workship song for kids. It reinforces the musical terms Andante and Contrary Motion.

Andante is a tempo term that means "walking speed." Can you remember other tempo terms from the pieces you have learned? Scroll to the bottom of this page for the answer key.

Contrary means "opposite." Contrary Motion means two parts moving in the opposite direction. In The B-I-B-L-E the right hand part is moving higher in measure 7 while the left hand is moving lower.

Week 11
 The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) is a Jamaican work song made popular by Harry Belafonte. Check out a YouTube video of this song before you get started.

To make this piece sound great, you'll need to make sure the staccato notes are played correctly and the phrases are played at the right dynamic level - mf or f.

Staccato - Staccato means play the note short.

mf (Mezzo Forte) - Mezzo Forte is an Italian term that means medium loud.

f (Forte) - Forte is an Italian term that means loud.

Week 12
 Can-Can (Offenbach)    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

The can-can is a high-energy dance that was popular in music halls in the 1840s. Today the can-can is traditionally performed by a chorus line of female dancers in skirts and petticoats. Their dance includes high kicks, splits, and cartwheels.

Playing with a steady beat is always your most important goal. After you've had a few days to practice Can-Can, try playing it with a metronome. There are many free metronomes that you can download to your tablet or mobile phone. Begin by practicing Can-Can at 60 Beats Per Minute (BPM). When you can play it perfectly at this tempo, try it at the tempo performed in the demonstration.

Answer Key: Lesson 10
Allegro - Fast
Moderato - Moderate or Medium