Winter piano music Levels 3 to 6 — Warm up the dark, chilly days!

Sometimes the dark days of winter can just feel blah!

But the right piano piece can turn blah into TA-DA!

Just like winter sports make the best of winter, these piano pieces embrace the best of the winter ‘feels!’ Why not make the best of the beauty, the frosty air and the cozy candle-lit hours when we get to stay inside play our pianos guilt-free!?

Experience the joy of winter music yourself and pass it on to your piano students!

Picks for all levels!

  • For winter pieces PREP to Level 2 (Early to Late Elementary), click here!
  • For winter pieces Levels 3 to 6 (Early to Late Intermediate), read the post below!
  • For winter pieces Levels 7 to 9 (Early Advanced to Advanced), click here!

In this Post:

Level 3 (Early Intermediate)

  • 40 Below — Susan Griesdale
  • An Outdoor Song for Snowy Weather — June Armstrong

Level 4 (Intermediate)

  • Snowdrifts — Martha Hill Duncan (1P4H)

Level 5 (Intermediate)

  • Red Line — Rebekah Maxner
  • Winter Stars — Beverly Porter

Level 6 (Late Intermediate)

  • White Drift — Rebekah Maxner
  • Lament for the Polar Bear — Susan Griesdale
  • The Snow Queen — June Armstrong

Level 3

40 Below — Susan Griesdale — Level 3

“40 Below was written when the weather outside was in fact 40 below and we were suffering through a 3 day power out. Happy that I had my piano to keep me occupied! I wanted to write something that sounded dark but not too depressing so 40 Below was born. Think of it as a little dance along the hallway with flashlight in hand!” ~ Susan

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40 Below notation by Susan Griesdale.
Listen to 40 Below on YouTube!

Winter! (Levels 1 to 4) is a fun piano collection of character pieces to brighten those dreary winter days! Containing lots of wintery activities such as Snowboots’n Shovels, Hockey Sticks, Snow Day, The Blizzard Blues, 40 Below, Icy Sidewalks, Shivers, Runaway Toboggan, Blustery Winds, Cold Noses!

~ 40 Below is listed on the Contemporary Showcase syllabus.

Click here to go to Susan’s shop to purchase Winter.

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Winter! Piano collection by Susan Griesdale.

An Outdoor Song for Snowy Weather — June Armstrong — Level 3

“An Outdoor Song for Snowy Weather is from the collection Enchanted World. It’s based on the Tiddly-pom song from A House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne.” ~ June

An Outdoor Song for Snowy Weather by June Armstrong.
Listen to An Outdoor Song for Snowy Weather on YouTube!

Get An Outdoor Song for Snowy Weather by June Armstrong here!

Piano collection Enchanted World by June Armstrong.

Level 4

Snowdrifts — Martha Hill Duncan (unequal duet 1P4H) — PREP, Level 4

“Snowdrifts is an unequal duet written for two of my more promising piano students, Madeleine and Sofia. The primo (the younger sister’s part) is within stationary 5 finger positions and can be read or taught by rote, while the secondo (the older sister’s part) is at a Level 3-4.” ~ Martha

Snowdrifts, 1 piano 4 hands by Martha Hill Duncan!

To purchase Snowdrifts by Martha Hill Duncan, click here!

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Snowdrifts, 1P4H by Martha Hill Duncan.

Level 5

Red Line — Rebekah Maxner — Level 5

“Red Line is all about hockey faceoffs! The red centre line in every hockey rink marks the place where the puck drops and the intensity begins. The boogie bass, tight harmony jazz chords and hammond organ harmonics capture the energy felt in every arena!” ~ Rebekah

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Listen to Red Line on YouTube!

Red Line is available as an eSheet or in Rebekah Maxner’s The Color Collection, eBook or print book!

Winter Stars — Beverly Porter — Level 5

“A quiet, romantic piece. The stillness of a starry winter night sky is suggested by a melodic line and parallel sixths floating over an ostinato bass. After a contrasting middle section, the ostinato returns with widely spaced intervals.” ~ Beverly

Winter Stars by Beverly Porter

Available as a print book, an eBook and an eSheet!

Nightscapes by Beverly Porter

Level 6

White Drift — Rebekah Maxner — Level 7

Imagine big white snowflakes swirling through the air. This piece captures the excitement of the first snow or any important day; a white wedding dress, the clean white pages on the first day of school, the feeling of a clean slate or starting over. It’s in C-sharp minor and the black and white key pattern makes it simple to teach and learn by rote! When the thumb tucks on the white keys, the melody falls very naturally under the hands.

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Listen to White Drift on YouTube!

White Drift is available as an eSheet or in the eBook and print book The Color Collection.

Lament for the Polar Bear — Susan Griesdale — Level 6

“An expressive piece with emotions of sadness, anger, remembering, this little piece takes you on a sad journey lamenting an unfortunate end for those that do not survive with the bell tolling at the end. Play slowly with a fragile sound to portray the devastating plight of the Polar Bear today. We pray for these noble creatures as they struggle to survive on ice flows that continue to disappear.” ~ Susan 

Lament for the Polar Bear by Susan Griesdale
Listen to Lament for the Polar Bear on YouTube!

~ Lament for the Polar Bear is in RCM Level 6 and is listed on the Contemporary Showcase syllabus.

It’s available in Susan Griesdale’s collection, Arctic Voices. Click here to get yours!

Arctic Voices, a piano collection by Susan Griesdale.

The Snow Queen — June Armstrong — Level 6

“The Snow Queen from Dreams and Dragons. This is the Snow Queen from Hans Christian Andersen’s 1844 fairy tale. She is a fantastical majestic figure with extraordinary powers to bewitch and to devastate.” ~ June

The Snow Queen by June Armstrong.
Listen to The Snow Queen on YouTube!

Get The Snow Queen in the piano collection Dreams and Dragons, here!

Dreams and Dragons piano collection by June Armstrong.

Brighten your winter this year with great piano pieces! Embrace the joy of winter!

  • For winter pieces PREP to Level 2 (Early to Late Elementary), click here!
  • For winter pieces Levels 3 to 6 (Early to Late Intermediate), read the post above!
  • For winter pieces Levels 7 to 9 (Early Advanced to Advanced), click here!
The Red Leaf Pianoworks composers.

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Video of the Week

Over the Moon (Intermediate, Level 5), inspired by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. A beautiful reimagining of the famous piece, accessible to intermediate pianists. From the print and eBook Madge’s Notebook, A Piano Tribute to The Hunger Games, Early Intermediate to Early Advanced piano, music that is a bright light in a dark world. Or, check out the Over the Moon eSheet!

Listen to Over the Moon on YouTube!
Sound file for Sonatina!

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