Spooky Sounds: Halloween Piano Music for Students of All Ages
Published Oct.1st, 2023
Isn't it scary how quickly Halloween comes up in the school year? I always start planning for this music in August so that my students have a goal and a motivation to practice right from our first lesson in September. I've gone through all of my books and online resources and compiled a great list of Halloween repertoire that I use with my students in preparation for our annual Halloween recital, hosted by ORMTA Central Toronto Branch.
First of all my main tip is to pick piece(s) that they can learn in a week or two. This might be lower than their current level AND THAT IS OK! Or you can pick something the first week of September that is a little bit of a reach, but gives them a goal to get the piece ready in two months. With a little bit of forethought and planning, it gives the students great motivation to kick start a new school year!
I also like to forgo the idea of levels and really just show them the piece on it's own. I frame it as a fun extra piece to learn for the sake of performing or enjoying on Halloween day. I do the same with Christmas music in November & December.
My first go to book is this one because:
the duets are phenomenal
it includes favourites such as Monster Mash, Hedwig's theme and This is Halloween
the music is fairly accessible for beginners who can read middle C position. I would use this with anyone in the primer level of Piano Adventures and beyond.
I've organized the rest by composer - please do buy this music direct from the composer to support them! I've put links and descriptions where applicable.
Mummy Music - gives them a chance to compose as well!
(both are available from the linked site above)
Creaking Stairs - can be found in the Connections book 1
Night Sky - is in the Conservatory Canada repertoire book 3
March of the Terrible Trolls
Spooks - a classic! Found in most older RCM books for level 1
Haunted Harp - Prep books through RCM
Witches & Wizards - Level 3 study book with RCM
March of the Goblins
Nancy & Randall Faber (originals and arrangements)
Little Ghost's Recital
Horseman's Night Ride
Monster's Midnight March
The Crawling Spider
Adam's Family Theme - Level 4 Popular
Phantom of the Opera - Level 4 Popular
Moonlight Sonata - Technique & Artistry books
Danse Macabre - Piano Adventures Level 4 Classics Book
Skeleton Waltz - very accessible and great duet!
Forest at Twilight - found in the Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms book 2
Lady in the Woods
There is much much more halloween piano music out there but this list has some of my favourites and a good variety to choose from for beginners to early intermediate students. If you are interested in starting piano lessons with me, the first step is to fill out the registration form here