Archive | July 2014

Classical Music for Wedding Receptions

Classical music Ideas for wedding reception music

Classical Piano Music Ideas for Wedding Receptions


Two adjectives com to mind when I think of wedding reception music: simple & joyful. Simple because the music is in the background as an addition to all the other beautiful things surrounding it. Joyful because of the occasion of two lives who have just joined together.

The list below is not exhaustive but includes some classical pieces that suit the mood of a wedding reception. All of these are piano solo music.

  • M. Clementi
    6 Sonatinas (Op. 36)
  • Georg Friedrich Handel:
    Courante (from Suite in Bb Major, HWV 440)
  • Joseph Haydn
    Sonatensatz (Hob. XVI:10), Sonata in D Major, “Tempo di Menuetto” (Hob. XVI:33)
  • Edward MacDowell
    To a Wild Rose
  • Mendelssohn
    Songs Without Words, “Confidence” (Op. 19, No. 4)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Minuet in G Major (KV 1/1e)
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    Minuet in Bb Major (K440),
  • Schubert:
    Original Dance, Waltz (Op. 9, No. 11), Waltz (Op. 9, No. 3), Moment Musical (op. 94, D 780)

Whether or not a person chooses the musical pieces listed above, I would recommend finding accessible music. For example, music which is a level or two under what the pianist would learn for a recital. Buying an anthology of piano music that is at a specific level can be helpful because it will contain many suitable songs which have the right mood and which are at the same difficulty. Another source of sheet music isĀ which contains public domain classical pieces for piano solo or piano with accompaniment. Keeping in mind that every couple is different will be of help in choosing music as some couples may prefer very calm, romantic music while others may enjoy music which is a bit more lively.

Enjoy playing through music and finding pieces which will suit the mood of the occasion–simple and joyful!


Online Rhythm Practice Games & Exercises


Perhaps some of these free games will grow your understanding of an important building block of music–rhythm.

The rhythmic dictation exercise is great for those who want practice before an exam or who simply want to better train their ear. Another rhythmic exercise is the time signature one. Both exercises work for a variety of levels.

These games are useful for early-intermediate through advanced-level students.

This rhythmic math quiz tests a student’s knowledge of note values.

This game is called “Find the Correct Measure”

If you found this article helpful, consider following my blog where I post a variety of helps for both students and teachers!

What are your favourite online rhythm games? Please leave a comment below.