In this beautiful piece, the composer explores the different sonorites of the various chord qualities: major, minor, diminished. The melody is tossed back and forth between the hands, and the student must pay attention to the balance. Finally, the young pianist must be able to manage thumb crossings and good pedaling. "A Little Blue" is also a wonderful piece with which to introduce students to the concept of rubato.
Joyce Grill, a former faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, provides practical suggestions from her extensive teaching experience as she presents workshops to teachers and students across the country. Grill holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate and has been active in MTNA serving as the Wisconsin State President and the Division Vice-President. She also founded the La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association and serves on several arts advisory boards. In 2006, she was named a MTNA Foundation Fellow.
Grill holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has also received training at the School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France, where she studied theory and composition with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Robert and Jean Casadesus.
Known for her ensemble writing, Grill is also a frequent guest conductor for multi-piano concerts. Some of her best-known publications originally published by Warner Bros. Publications, including In Style, Down the Road, and Accompanist (Yes, It Really Happens), are now available from Alfred Music Publishing.
Country Scenes is available through Alfred Music Publishing.