Music for Space Themed Recital

This week my students will be choosing pieces for our spring recital, Reach Beyond the Stars. I thought that it may be helpful to share the pieces I have found for my students to choose from in case you are doing a space themed recital or might in the future… If you know of any others that aren’t listed below, feel free to share in the comments!

(Note: Pop pieces like Star Wars and Part of Your World, etc… are available in all sorts of levels. I am just listing them below once)


Pre-Reading (off staff)-

Night Songs- Mary Leaf


Early Elementary-

The Eastern Eclipse- Jerald Simon

Spaceship to Mars- Carol Matz

Spaced Out!- Cheryl Finn and Eamonn Morris

My Race in Space- Willard A. Palmer

A Walk in Space- Willard A. Palmer

Star Wars- Faber Pop Rep. Primer

Yellow Spaceship- Kevin Olson

Night of Stars- Faber/My First Piano Lesson C

Rising Stars-  Jennifer Eklund/Pronto Pizazz

Part of Your World- Faber/PreTime Popular

Men from Mars- Faber/Piano Adventures Primer

No Moon Tonight- Faber/Piano Adventures 1 Lesson

Dreamy Sky Blue- Faber/Piano Adventures Gold Star Performance 1

The Alien in My Treehouse- Carol Matz



Shooting Stars- Elizabeth W. Greenleaf

Sky Blue- Robert D. Vandall

Alien Yard Sale- Larry Rapshaw

Star Trails- Walter and Carol Noona

Moonlit Path- Debra Perez/Will Baily (Reflective Moments 2)

The Return- Spotlight Solos- Jennifer Eklund

Starlight Dreams- Christine H. Barden

Soaring Above the Clouds- William Workinger and Ed Sueta (Keys to successful performance 2)

Stargazing- Helen Marlais

Star Quest- Phillip Keveren (Hal Leonard)

Storms on Saturn- Piano Adventures Lesson 2A

Starry, Starry Night- PA 2A

My Moonbeam- Alfred’s Premier Performance 2A

Purple Twilight- Alfred’s Premier Performance 2B

Somewhere Out There- Hal Leonard Popular Piano Solos 2

Mist in the Moonlight- Elizabeth W. Greenleaf (In Recital Bk. 2)

A Place in Outer Space- Kevin and Julia Olson (Simply Silly Duets)

First Flight- Melody Bober (Just for Fun Elem)

Moonfinder- Dennis Alexander (Finger Paintings 1)

Somewhere Out There- WB Taz’s Terrific Songs

Saturns Rings- Martha Sherill Kelsey (Superstar Solo’s ‘N Stickers 1B)

Hopscotch on Mars- Martha Sherill Kelsey (Superstar Solo’s ‘N Stickers 1B)

Milky Way- Piano Adventures 2B

Lunar Eclipse- Piano Adventures 2B


Late Elementary-

Mission in Outer Space- Dennis Alexander

Space Flight= Elmer G. Lee

Voyage to Mars (3 solos)- Arthur Frackenpohl

Dance of the Moon and Stars-



In the Distance- Will Baily

Rocket Man- Jerald  Simon

Five, Four, Three, Two, One… Blast Off!- Jerald Simon

Starlight Serenade- Jerald Simon

The Comet’s Tale- Melody Bober

Martian March- Jennifer Linn

First Light- Mary Leaf

Starlight Waltz-  Timothy Brown

Diamonds in the Sky- Nancy Lau

Sunbird- Lynn Freeman Olson Signature Collection Vol. 2

Space Adventures (Bk with 10 solos)- James Bastien

Musical Planets (Bk with 8 solos)- Carolyn Miller

No Limits- Jennifer Eklund

Starry Night- Alfred’s Premier Performance 3

Nightfall- Piano Adventures Technique 3B

I Believe I Can Fly- PA Pop. Rep. 3B


Early Intermediate/Intermediate-

Looking Up- Jerald Simon

Something Like a Star- Ann Buys (

Stargazing- Kevin Olson

Across the Stars- Dan Coats

Journey’s End- Jennifer Eklund

New Horizons- Jennifer Eklund

Guiding Light- Jennifer Eklund

Drops of Jupiter- Train (Hal Leonard)

All of the Stars- Ed Sheeran (Best of Ed Sheeran Hal Leonard)

Sun Catchers- Robert Vandall (Celebrated Piano Solos Bk. 3)

Fishing the Sky- Kurt Bestor (Pianoscape 1)

Purple Moon- Dennis Alexander (Just for You 4)

Star Trails (Bk with 8 intermediate solos)- Lynn Freeman Olson

Space Travel (Bk with 9 intermediate solos)- Nancy Telfer

From a Distance- Hal Leonard More Pop solos 5

Star Trek The Next Generation- Hal Leonard Pop Solos 5

Wind Beneath the Wings- Piano Adventures Pop Rep 5

Moonscapes- Christopher Norton (Connections for Piano 5)

Swinging on a Star- Alfred’s Premier Pop and Movie Hits 6

Star Dust- Elena Cobb



Distant Galaxy-

Columns of the Sky-

Jewels in a Night Sky- Kathleen Massoud

Venus- Naoko Ikeda

Beyond the Horizon- Randall Hartsell

2 thoughts on “Music for Space Themed Recital

  1. great list, thank you for sharing! i never do themes but this might spur me on. one i like for pre-reading: faber piano adventures primer, All the Stars are Shining. it’s an amazing little song on black keys, with pedal and dynamics. kids can play it by their 2nd or 3rd lesson. it really doesn’t belong in the technique books, it should be in performance.
    others that come to mind, i don’t have any particular versions in mind: Catch a Falling Star. Stars Fell on Alabama. Blue Skies. You are my Sunshine.

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