I am a firm believer that if a student does not love at least one of their pieces, it will be terribly difficult to get them to practice, and chances are slim that they will stay interested in taking lessons. With that floating around the back of my mind, I always try to find pieces that my students will love, based on my observations of their personalities, as well as their likes and dislikes. I have found the following resources extremely helpful as they provide a smorgasbord of options:
- Makingmusicfun.net has dozens of leveled pieces and offers a wide variety of genres. From simpler versions of popular classics like Fur Elise and Spinning Song, to jazzy pieces like Maple Leaf Rag, to spirituals and hymn arrangements. There are even some fun duets! Check out MakingMusicFun.net
- Music for Music Teachers.com is another great source for numerous pieces of many genres, but also provides many free lead sheets for learning improvisation, has some tools for music education, and offers information concerning music and autism. Check out Music for Music Teachers.com
- The International Music Library Project (or imslp.org) is a fantastic resource for sheet music of all genres and instruments but generally for higher levels of difficulty. However, be sure to download a good version free of excessive editing. (i.e. if there are dynamics written into a fugue by J.S. Bach, the music has been edited by someone other than Bach!) Check out imslp.org
Hopefully you will find these resources just as helpful, if not more so, than I do.