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In today’s video, we’re going to listen through quick clips of my favorite RCM grade 2 level piano pieces.

If you missed it, I also made a Grade 1 version of this video as well.

All the musical information is listed below, as well as in the video itself. Enjoy!

My Favorite RCM Grade 2 Piano Pieces

RCM Grade 2: List A

1. Ecossaise in G major, WoO 23, by Ludwig van Beethoven
a. Category: List A
b. Book:
c. Difficulty: Challenging
d. This piece is a study in half-chords, and it’s fast and light-hearted. It’s got a catchy tune and is quite fun to play. The left hand octaves and right hand 16th notes provide a challenge.

2. Impertinence, HWB 494, by George Frideric Handel

a. Category: List A
b. Book: RCM Celebration Series (2015), Grade 2 Repertoire
c. Difficulty: Medium
d. Handel has some good early level dances, including this catchy minor key tune. Like nearly all Baroque music, a detached left hand rhythm is key.

3. Sonata in C Minor, menuetto, K. 73, L. 217, by Domenico Scarlatti
a. Category: List A
b. Book: Celebrate Scarlatti, Volume 1
c. Difficulty: Challenging
d. Scalatti’s sonatas are very appealing and forward-looking for Baroque-era music. This minuet has simple rhythmic patterns, yet lots of movement which makes it challenging.

RCM grade 2: List B

4. The Dragon’s Story by Christine Donkin
a. Category: List B
b. Book: Legends & Lore
c. Difficulty: Medium
d. There are a few sticky spots in this rather intense piece, especially when it gets into the 8th note runs. This piece has great character.

5. Lazy Sunday by Janet Gieck
a. Category: List B
b. Book: Sundae Soup, 1
c. Difficulty: Medium
d. Lazy Sunday is one of the easier pieces in Sundae Soup, but it still has some challenges up its sleeve. It’s mostly tranquil, with a few interesting chord choices to spice it up.

6. Soldier’s March by Robert Schumann
a. Category: List B
b. Book: Album for the Young, op. 68
c. Difficulty: Challenging
d. This piece isn’t too complicated until you try to speed it up. This is the second piece in Schumann’s essential “Album for the Young”, and all of the pieces are highly individual from each other.

7. Half Asleep by Christopher Norton
a. Category: List B
b. Book: Christopher Norton Connections 2 For Piano
c. Difficulty: Challenging
d. This dreamy piece, though slow, is quite difficult with its big, jazzy chords and constant motion, especially in the first half. It requires sensitive pedaling and playing, but the payoff is beautiful.

8. The Silent Moon by Nancy Telfer
a. Category: List B
b. Book: The Sun and the Moon
c. Difficulty: Medium
d. This is the most challenging piece in Telfer’s book, requiring artistry and careful pedaling. However, it sounds more challenging than it is – a very rewarding piece to learn.

RCM Grade 2: List C

9. Courageous Cat by Teresa Richert
a. Category: List C
b. Book: RCM Celebration Series (2015), Grade 2 Repertoire
c. Difficulty: Medium
d. This piece is adorable despite its minor key, and mainly sticks to five finger positions that jump around often. Like all inventions and canons, the independent left hand parts provide a good challenge.

10. Jazz Invention No. 2 by Pierre Gallant
a. Category: List C
b. Book: RCM Celebration Series (2015), Grade 2 Repertoire
c. Difficulty: Easy
d. This piece is short and sweet, but it’s got a lot packed into 8 bars. There are a couple tricky rhythmic sections and interesting finger patterns – once you grasp that, it’s smooth sailing.

RCM Grade 2: Etudes/Pop

11. Scherzo, op. 39 no. 12, by Dmitri Kabalevsky
a. Category: Etude
b. Book: 24 Pieces for Children, op. 39
c. Difficulty: Easy
d. Though the speed of this piece adds a challenge, the repeated patterns make it simple to learn, internalize and memorize. A blast to play!

12. Feelin’ Good by Christopher Norton
a. Category: Etude
b. Book: Christopher Norton Connections 2 For Piano
c. Difficulty: Challenging
d. There are few repeats and many different rhythmic patterns in this tricky jazz piece. Meticulous counting is necessary. The reward is a bold and interesting piece that is highly worth the effort.

13. Sneaky Business by Martha Mier

a. Category: POP
b. Book: Jazz, Rags and Blues, book 1
c. Difficulty: Medium
d. This piece has a great mysterious sound that differentiates it from the rest. Martha Mier has a way of making beginner-ish music sound exciting, which is sometimes hard to find.

14. A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella
a. Category: POP
b. Book: The Disney Collection, Easy Piano
c. Difficulty: Easy
d. Cinderella always has nostalgia value, and this tune is fun to learn for kids and adults alike. It’s a good study in broken chords and expression/legato without pedal.

I hope you enjoyed this review on my favorite RCM grade 2 piano pieces. Let me know what your favorites are, and I’ll catch you in the next video!

xo,
Allysia

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Today we’re going to talk about unusual time signatures. We’re going to look at some of the weird counting patterns you might come across, and how to approach them and “feel them out”.

This is the second part of a video series about strong and weak beats – if you missed the first one, check it out.

We’re going to look at how to count unusual time signatures, and figure out where the strong and weak beats are. We’ll also listen to some musical examples so you can hear how they sound.
So let’s get started!

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