Red Leaf is a collective of award-winning composers
who share a passion for creating new repertoire for today's student and performer.
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We are excited to introduce our newest Red Leaf Composer! A warm welcome to San Francisco composer Amy Stephens! She has added three new collections of piano music with Red Leaf! On the Composer Bios page, scroll to the bottom to read her Bio here and you can read more about Amy by visiting her website here.
Red Leaf Anthologies – Branches, our 3rd Anthology, was just released for levels 6&7. Containing music from all thirteen of us. To see score samples go to 'Browsing Red Leaf Music' and click on the Branches book cover. Enjoy browsing!
The NFMC Bulletin has listed a number of ensembles from Red Leaf. To see all the music selected for this list go to 'Browsing Red Leaf Music' and select the NFMC Category. Searching on this category will bring up the collections included in the NFMC Bulletin.
Our latest Newsletter for 2022 is just out in September. You can read it on the Newsletter tab. Click here!
Amy Stephens had just released three new piano collections.
Childhood Excursions: Are We There Yet?! - Musical scenes from Amy’s childhood adventures in Ontario and Michigan
A Day at the Beach - Amy’s musical journey to her favorite places along Hwy 1 in Northern California
Scenes of San Francisco - Musical impressions of Amy’s favorite places in this grand city
June Armstrong has a new collection – Music Box. A fresh, exciting collection of jazz and blues inspired piano pieces for the late elementary, early intermediate player, along with accompanying videos on exploring improvisation for each piece. You can look at and hear the music here.
Peter Rudzik – has two new collections. Chopsticks Variations for Two Pianos, Arctic Sonata for solo piano, both for Advanced levels
John Burge – has been busy releasing six new collections this past year. Seven Circles, seven pieces all inspired by different uses of the circle-of-fifths harmonic progression
Studies In Poetry in 5 volumes – Advanced level. Each volume consists of three etudes that use a title from some of my favourite books of poetry written in English as a springboard for the music
2021 and prior
Irene Voros - An exciting new collection by Irene Voros, Forest Friends will sure to delight students and teachers alike. 10 Elementary Piano Solos depicting life in the forest through jazz chords, lilting melodies, lively rhythms and marches. This is a 'must have' collection! You can see score samples and hear sound clips here.
Susan Griesdale's Dance Collection in three volumes - Dance, Danse, Danza - has just been released! Strikingly original, perfect for recitals and encores, from early advanced to ARCT/Diploma level, they are sure to make a big impression and will stand out in any performance program. Check out the videos and scores here.
Beverly Porter most recent collection, Nightscape. There are 10 expressive, imaginative pieces describing some of the events and sights of the night time hours. The levels are elementary to intermediate or Grades 1 to 5 and are suitable for festivals, recitals and examinations.
Janet Gieck - Old Tyme Candy Shoppe. The pieces were composed for my candy loving students in Southwestern Saskatchewan. They have been arranged in an order of difficulty according to the learning sequence of Music Learning Theory. Many of the pieces move all around the piano (keyboard geography), and you will also find numerous key signatures and modes represented. May they satisfy your musical sweet cravings! Early elementary piano solos.
Teresa Richert has publishing rights back from the Frederick Harris music Company on Toy Collection with 11 elementary piano solos about "timeless toys". This collection will appeal to younger students and is fun learning for Christmas or any time of year!
Peter Rudzik has a new Elementary Piano Collection called Easy as Pie - cheery and quirky piano pieces inspired by all things edible! He also has a new duet collection Pop Goes the Weasel and Muffin Man. Crowd pleasers that are perfect to close any recital program. Exciting, fun to play and requiring a sense of humour!
The new RCM 2022 Celebration Series Syllabus has just been released and Red Leaf Composers have been included in all grade levels. You can see the list of repertoire included here.
Teresa Richert's piece, Sniffing Around from The Puppy Inventions (2018 Version) is included in the RSL Classical Piano Syllabus 2020 Edition. The piece will also be featured in the Rockschool Classical Piano Publication: Grade 3 (2021+).
Congratulations to June Armstrong! The ABRSM has three new pieces on their 2021-2022 Syllabus. Under the Acacia Tree from Safari, (Initial exam level), Butterfly from Piano Star, (Initial level) and Sunlight Through the Trees from Piano Star, (Grade 1 level).
We are excited to learn that Trinity College London has selected Orange Striped Zebra from his Truly Astounding Animals collection for the 2021 - 2023 Syllabus. Congratulations Peter!
Congratulations to Teresa Richert, Beverly Porter, Susan Griesdale, Janet Gieck and Rebekah Maxner for having Piano ensemble pieces included in the US National Federation of Music Teachers Bulletin for 2020-2024! You can list the trios chosen using the search function on the Browsing Red Leaf Music tab.
The London College of Music Diploma Syllabus 2019 has included Martha Hill Duncan's The River from The Sunken Garden. Congratulations Martha!
Teresa Richert's piece, Bouncing Ball from her Toy Collection - Elementary Piano Solos is included in the current syllabus of the Australian Music Examination Board's Piano series.
London College of Music has just released its 2022 syllabus including the following:
June Armstrong M for Moonbeam from Alphabet Step 2, Seaweed from Sea World Grade 2
Wynn-Anne Rossi Zingaro Dance Grade 2
Teresa Richert Sniffing Around from The Puppy Inventions Grade 3
Joanne Bender When the Rain Comes from Creatures Great and Small Grade 3
Beverly Porter Jitterbug from Lady Bug and Friends, Grade 4
Andrew Eales, Pianodao reviews June Armstrong's Dreams and Dragons
June Armstrong continues to consolidate her status as one of our most interesting, characterful and imaginative composers. As ever it is Armstrong's imaginative development of a central concept which is the key to the inspiration for all the pieces here, her gift for painting in sound and telling a story through her music as acute as always.
A review of Beverly Porter's Nightscape
"It is my pleasure to review this collection of 10 piano solos! All the imaginative titles highlight sights and events of the nighttime hours.....these solos range between levels 1 through 5. The provided fingering is very helpful and the pedal marking is designed to help the student develop the skill of sophisticated pedaling that is required to achieve the most musical effect. I thoroughly enjoyed playing these solos and look forward to sharing them with my students in the new teaching year.
Jean Ritter....Canadian Music Teachers, September 2019
Clavier Companion Review: "The
collection is a delight, and it deserves a place in every teacher’s studio".