What exactly is a practical piece? Well let’s take a “for instance.” There may conceivably be some piano students who might actually choose not to play Beethoven’s Fur Elise (although not many, in my experience.) Well, for such students we have Not Fur Elise. If someone should ask, “what are you going to play for us?” the student can respond: “not Fur Elise!” Or take The Railroad. If someone should ask, “what have you been working on?” the student can respond: “I’ve been working on The Railroad.” For the hostile student: “What are you going to play for us sweetheart?” “Not the Tuba Dumdum!”
The pieces are at an intermediate level. Most have a jazzy sound. I tend to use these as rainy day pieces—for those times when something a little light and different may be called for. Study notes will help some students work out the intricacies.