Late-2010s popular piano music contains many emotion-filled patterns, usually as a hook or riff that gives the piece a strong identity. This “style-piece” by James L. King III for early 21st century piano pop hits (a pun! HA!) all the right spots, then builds to a dramatic climax with an unexpected key change. You’ll probably have several students that want to play this one!
Key: C Major
Mood: moody, but optimistic
Pedagogy: octave chords, parallel sixths, pedal