Piano Music

Our piano music selections include popular, classical, duets, and a Federation section.  Our piano method and technique books include a large selection of  solo and sacred piano selections.

Special Order

City Music provides the additional benefit of a reliable special order service if our customers need items that are not currently in stock. Also, music teachers receive a discount on their sheet music purchases. Remember to check out our specially discounted music section while you are here!

Federation Music

Current Federation Music is here! If you’re a piano teacher and looking for this year’s music, stop in the store and pick up what you need. We carry nearly all the works available for federation.

Large Inventory

City Music’s sheet music inventory is one of the most extensive in the St. Louis area.Not only do we carry most of the traditional music categories in our store, we also participate in the publishers’ “new issue” programs which bring new items every month to our current stock.

Method Books

We have adult and younger student piano method and technique books, a large selection of vocal method and solo books, sacred piano and vocal music, as well as the contemporary composer books and sheets popular with piano teachers. .

Seasonal /New and Noteworthy

We have ample supply of Halloween, Christmas, Easter, New Years, as well as year-round supplies of gifts and ornaments

We have a noteworthy section for new releases and reissues.

Alfred Piano Method Books

Publisher Comments: Alfred’s Basic Piano Library is the most flexible of any piano method, allowing the teacher to personally design curriculums for specific age groups and to meet the needs of each individual student. All of the beginning series are interchangeable at several levels; if a student demonstrates that he or she is ready to study at a faster pace, or perhaps requires a slower pace with more reinforcement, you may switch courses at convenient junctures in the method without missing any important musical concepts!

Publisher Comments: Alfred’s Basic Prep Course was designed and written for students ages 5 years and up. These books take into consideration the normal attention span as well as the small-sized hands of the young beginner. The basics of music are introduced through the use of tuneful but simple music that advances at the proper speed for small children to comprehend and enjoy.

The All-in-One Piano Course was written in response to many requests by piano teachers for just one all-encompassing teaching book, that would include LESSON, THEORY and SOLO material. The All-in-One Course is the combination of the LESSON books of Levels 1A, 1B, and 2 of Alfred’s Basic Piano Library plus selections from Theory, Recital, and Fun Books.

Alfred’s Basic Chord Approach provides an alternate beginning to piano study especially designed for the student aged 10 or older, when the hands are strong enough to begin the use of three-note chords. In the regular series (Alfred’s Basic Piano Library) three-note chords are not presented until late in level 2 (publisher description).

Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course is designed for the adult beginner who wishes to learn the piano by playing chords quickly. The course has a number of features that make it particularly successful in achieving this goal. It progresses very smoothly, with no gaps that cause the skipping of hard sections. In addition, it teaches chords for both hands. Because of this, the pieces in Alfred’s Basic are more musical and make playing a richer, more rewarding experience.

Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course is designed for the beginner looking for a truly complete piano course that includes lesson, theory, technic and popular repertoire in one convenient, all-in-one book.

Written by Dennis Alexander, Martha Mier, Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk, Dr. E.L. Lancaster, and Dr. Victoria McArthur
Alfred’s Premier Piano Course is the latest basic piano method released by Alfred Publishing. Accompanied by rich illustrations, the method introduces note reading, piano technic, theory, musical terms and symbols, pedaling, and more. Games and writing exercises reinforce concepts and terms in a fun-filled way.

Bastien Method Books

The Bastien Piano Basics method is comprised of five completely correlated course books — PIANO, THEORY, PERFORMANCE, TECHNIC, and A LINE A DAY SIGHT READING. Bastien Piano Basics uses a gradual multi-key approach, with reading beginning in the C five-finger position. Five levels of carefully graded lesson material provide constant opportunities for reinforcing basic concepts. It’s the smoothest, most heart-warming, most entertaining, most musical way to teach eager youngsters the joys of playing the piano. And comprehensive, page-by-page correlation makes Bastien Piano

The Bastien Piano Basics method is comprised of five completely correlated course books — PIANO, THEORY, PERFORMANCE, TECHNIC, and A LINE A DAY SIGHT READING. Bastien Piano Basics uses a gradual multi-key approach, with reading beginning in the C five-finger position. Five levels of carefully graded lesson material provide constant opportunities for reinforcing basic concepts. It’s the smoothest, most heart-warming, most entertaining, most musical way to teach eager youngsters the joys of playing the piano. And comprehensive, page-by-page correlation makes Bastien Piano

Publisher Comments: The Intermediate Piano Course is an integrated curriculum that emphasizes graded repertoire, theory, technic, and multiple-key solos-the variety of emphasis that intermediate students require. Because the material has been carefully selected and organized, teachers no longer need to sift through literature and technic studies to find appropriate exercises and etudes. Thoughtfully constructed and presented, this comprehensive course fills an important pedagogical niche and provides a structured program to assure step-by-step development during a critical time in a student’s development. The Intermediate Piano Course has 3 levels, with four different books at each level: Repertoire, Technic, Theory, and Multi-key Solos.

Teenagers and adults make rewarding, yet challenging, beginning students. The Bastiens’ Older Beginner Piano Course was written specifically for the requirements and desires of students with many demands on their time. The comprehensive method assumes no prior knowledge of music, and incorporates theory and technique exercises into a fun-filled course of study. Clear, precise graphics illustrate new concepts and large notes make reading easier. It’s plain to see why The Older Beginner Piano Course is the method of choice for many recreational piano students and beginning piano classes at numerous colleges!

Everything the adult beginner needs in one book!
To teach piano basics, the Bastien have created a new, rich course designed specifically for adult beginners, Bastien Piano for Adults is a welcome addition to the best-selling collection of Bastien methods and supplementary materials. Lessons, theory, technic, and sight reading are combined in one easy-to-use book. The series is gradually paced to ensure student confidence and success. The variety of music, custom selected for adults, includes famous classic themes, folk songs, spirituals, ragtime, blues, boogie, jazz, and Bastien originals that teach the basics in a straightforward, yet innovative manner.
Accompaniment CD’s for Bastien Piano for Adults , Books 1 & 2 were created to musically enhance student practice, thus making piano study more enjoyable. In addition to adding excitement, variety, and motivation for the student, the CD’s help improve understanding of phrasing, balance, rhythm, and pulse. Even beginning students can play along with a jazz band, a symphony, or rock group. The CD’s add a whole new, joyous dimension to learning piano and making music.

Misc. Piano Methods

Written by David Carr Glover and Jay Stewart
The level one lesson book, from the David Carr Glover Method reviews the basic concepts presented in Lessons – Primer Level. New concepts are introduced and reinforced sequentially through the use of original compositions, folk songs and the sounds of today. This book, combined with the recommended supplementary materials (Theory and Technic), continues to assist the student in developing the ability to read and perform musically through interval recognition, sight reading and ear training. The student will continue to experience the basic elements of improvisation as the creative activities are presented. Supplementary materials are carefully correlated and coded with the lesson book to provide reinforcement of all concepts. The David Carr Glover Method has been created to provide an enjoyable program of piano instruction which is pedagogically sound.
Recommended Ages: 6+

When music excites our interest and imagination, we eagerly put our hearts into learning it. The music in the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library encourages practice, progress, confidence, and best of all — success! Over 1,000 students and teachers in a nationwide test market responded with enthusiasm to the variety of styles and moods, natural rhythmic flow, singable melodies and lyrics, “best ever” teacher accompaniments, and improvisations integrated throughout the Lesson Books. Perfect for private or group instruction.
Written by Barbara Kreader, Fred Kern, Phillip Keveren, Mona Rejino, Karen Harrington

“Leading to Mastery of the Instrument”
A time-honored tradition just got better! The John W. Schaum Piano Course has been newly revised with 100 percent new engravings and typesetting, color highlighting for concept emphasis, updated song titles and lyrics, and full-color illustrations.

The John Thompson Modern Course series provides a clear and complete foundation in the study of the piano that enables the student to think and feel musically. It may be preceded by the Teaching Little Fingers to Play series. John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course is designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing. John Thompson’s Theory Drill Games are musical writing exercises suitable for use with any method.

Publisher Comments: “Especially designed to create student interest and progress by combining basic elements of piano technic with melody.” The Michael Aaron Piano Course Lesson books have been completely re-engraved, expanded (adding more definitions of musical terms and more musical pieces), updated (with modernized artwork), and re-edited (with less emphasis on fingerings and more on note-reading). Available from the Michael Aaron Piano Course: Lessons, Performance, Technic, and Theory for each level: Primer, Grades One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. Also available are these supplementary books: Piano Album, Piano Technic (Book I), Piano Duet Book, Pieces to Play (Primer & Grade I), and Note Reader.

“The Adult approach to piano study.” The interest in piano and the desire to play, has increased tremendously in the past few years. Especially is this noticeable among adults who have either had some elementary piano instruction in their youth or have been denied this study for various reasons. This increased interest is partly due to the widespread influence of radio. Hearing music almost daily has become an integral part of our lives and it is this constant influence which has awakened a keen and natural desire to become an active participant. it is to the furtherance and stimulation of this natural desire that this course was planned. The adult approach has been kept constantly in mind, however not to the exclusion of certain basic principles which are necessary in order to make rapid and satisfactory progress. The logical and stepwise manner of progression in this course should prove of inestimable aid to both the student and teacher.

Music for Little Mozarts was written by Christine H. Barden, Gayle Kowalchyk, and E. L. Lancaster to encourage a love for music in young children, ages 4-6, and to help them begin learning to play piano. These books help develop singing and listening skills while imparting an appreciation for many musical styles! The adventures and lessons are exciting and imaginative, both at school and at home. Your eager, inquisitive students will discover music and find out how much fun it is to play!

“A Plan for Musical Growth at the Piano”
We are proud to present this latest revision of The Music Tree, the most carefully researched and laboratory-tested series for elementary piano students available. This edition combines the best of the old and the new – a natural, child-oriented sequence of learning experiences that has always been the hallmark of Frances Clark materials, combined with new music of unprecedented variety and appeal. Great pedagogy and great music — a winning combination!

Publisher Comments: Piano Adventures® — By Nancy & Randall Faber – has set a new standard for quality educational publications. This innovative and exciting method series continues to enjoy an unprecedented response from teachers and students across the United States and Canada! The series includes Theory, Performance, Technique & Artistry, Popular Repertoire, and Christmas Books correlated with the Lesson Books. CDs and General MIDI Background Accompaniments are now available. The course strengths are:
-Combines the strengths of intervallic reading, multi-key, and Middle C approaches.
-Offers a wide variety of sounds and styles with many optional teacher duets.
-Entertains and delights students with beautiful color illustrations and a carefully conceived layout

My First Piano Adventure is new from the husband and wife team of Nancy and Randall Faber. This early childhood method address the challenges and joys of teaching young beginners. With this series, students are encouraged to sing, create, and move in rhythm while learning the basics of the piano. Written for Ages 5 and 6.

Publisher Comments: Featuring the proven, pedagogical approach set forth in the basic piano method, Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner continues the tradition of learning music through discovery, creativity, and adventure. Book 1 of the accelerated series combines the Primer Level and Level One of the basic Piano Adventures method. Book 2 combines Levels 2A and 2B.

Publisher Comments: For adult beginners, use Adult Piano Adventures. This comprehensive, “All-In-One” book includes lessons, solos, technique, and theory in a single volume for ease of use. Book 1 presents the fundamentals of music notation, chord playing, and musical form. Book 2 teaches keyboard harmony using “lead sheets” with chord accompaniment patterns.

Publisher Comments: The New International Edition of Suzuki Piano School includes French, German and Spanish translations as well as a newly recorded CD performed by internationally renowned recording artist Seizo Azuma. Now the book and CD can be purchased together or separately. While the music selections in remain the same as the earlier edition, the spacious new engraving with minimal editing generally keeps only one piece per page.

Teaching Little Fingers to Play is a method for the earliest beginner, combining rote and note approach. Supplemental books present popular songs in attractive arrangements. Once a students finishes Teaching Little Fingers to Play, they are ready for Teaching Little Fingers to Play More.