Favorite Intermediate-Level Sheet Music Piano Solos

This is the final of three posts highlighting some of my favorite sheet music piano solos for students.

These favorites lists are the result of a year-long focus in my studio, exploring the wide range of sheet music solos in publication. If you would like to read about the 9 things I learned from that project, check out this post.

Since I have quite a few to mention, I decided to divide the list into multiple posts by-level. Today I’ll be sharing favorite pieces at the Early Intermediate, Intermediate, and Late Intermediate levels including the reason I love it and a link where you can purchase.

If you missed the first two posts, here they are:

Favorite Sheet Music Piano Solos for Halloween,

Favorite Elementary-Level Sheet Music Piano Solos


Please note I am an affiliate in the Sheet Music Plus Easy Rebates program which simply means if you purchase any of these pieces using the links I provide, I will get a small percentage back without it costing you any extra.


 

Early Intermediate

A Melancholy Night by Naoko Ikeda

Why I love it: It uses a waltz accompaniment pattern, warmed with 7th chords, and features a portion with the melody in the left hand.

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An Enchanted Castle by Pat Boozer

Why I love it: The left hand is challenged using a single-note accompaniment pattern with a leap of a 10th.

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Garden of Dreams by Naoko Ikeda

Why I love it: I would argue that this piece is more Intermediate level as the LH waltz accompaniment in the key of A major changes chord inversions frequently posing quite a challenge for an early intermediate student.

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Midnight Express by Christopher Fisher

Why I love it: The Presto tempo and alternating 5th-octave accompaniment patterns make this a great challenge piece.

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Moonlight by Lee Galloway

Why I love it: Written in 12/8 time, the left-hand broken chord pattern walks down by half steps and changes harmony each measure.

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Nocturne by Paul Sheftel

Why I love it: Once again, the left-hand features an extended broken chord pattern that is great for students at this level.

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Snowflakes in Spring by Naoko Ikeda

Why I love it: Various textures and an absolutely beautiful melody. Like many of the pieces by Naoko, I would counter that this piece is slightly more challenging than early intermediate.

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Tarantella Viva! by Melody Bober

Why I love it: Vibrant triple-meter piece

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Intermediate

A Long Goodbye by Carolyn Miller

Why I love it: This piece feels reflective and calming and is a particularly great choice for an adult student.

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Dream Memories by Zach Garcia

Why I love it: The tender and ethereal mood of this piece make it one that is also well-liked by adult students.

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El Toro by Mike Springer

Why I love it: Spicy, bold, and energetic. Excellent for practicing accents and change in tempo/mood.

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El Zapateado by Dennis Alexander

Why I love it: Students will be challenged with the right-hand ostinato accompaniment using harmonic thirds while the left-hand takes the melody. Multi-textured.

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Emerald Toccata by Kathleen Massoud

Why I love it: Excellent for broken chord practice –  mostly in root position.

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Fur Elise arr. by Jennifer Linn

Why I love it: Many-a piano students want to play Fur Elise long before they’re ready for the original version. This arrangement has been my favorite go-to.

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Gypsy Dance by  Christos Tsitsaros

Why I love it: It really makes you want to dance and includes a key change from E minor to E Major.

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Land of Many Waters by Kevin Costley

Why I love it: It’s very lyrical and balances the melody over a rolling 16th note accompaniment.

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Midnight Escapade by Melody Bober

Why I love it: Fast, exciting, patterned and uses a left-hand melody in places.

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No Worries by Melody Bober

Why I love it: Humorous, laid-back feeling. It always makes my students smile. Features grace notes throughout.

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Rhythm Roulette by Dennis Alexander

Why I love it: Exciting, presto, left-hand melody vs. right-hand staccato 3rds, syncopation.

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Romanza by Angela Marshall

Why I love it: Long flowing lines, extended broken-chord pattern accompaniment. Great for adults.

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Sunrise Over the Yangtze

Why I love it: Incorporates grace notes and the lowest note on the piano along with a lovely flowing melody.

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Tarantella by William Gillock

Why I love it: Students love tarantellas and this one especially!

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Toccata Brillante by Dennis Alexander

Why I love it: Fabulous piece – super exciting. Uses 1st inversion chords moving by steps at a presto tempo, syncopation, a left-hand octave ostinato, and shifting meters including cut time, 1/2 and 5/4

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Toccatina in A Minor by Ronald Bennett

Why I love it: Fast triple-meter piece that shifts between 6/8 and 3/4 using root position chords.

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Wild Ride by Judy East Wells

Why I love it: This exciting piece is great for students learning the i-iv-V progression in Am.

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Late Intermediate

Crossroads by Kevin Olson

Why I love it: One of my absolute favorites! This is a really fun song with an almost “epic” feel to it. It’s a great rhythmic challenge for students.

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Midnight Rhapsody by Melody Bober

Why I love it: A really exciting piece with a somewhat spooky feel; unique textures and changes throughout.

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Moonlight Fantasy by Melody Bober

Why I love it: This bold, rhapsodic piece uses large leaps, chromatic passages, and various textures for a truly exciting “fantasy.”

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Rhapsody Brillante by Melody Bober

Why I love it: Moving octaves, large leaps, quickly moving 16ths within a soft dynamic, scale in 3rds.

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Sea Winds by Melody Bober

Why I love it: I absolutely love this fast-moving triple meter piece. It has some nice chord progressions, and changing meters.

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