Composers Corner: "Mission: X" Mini-Books by Chrissy Ricker

Get the scoop on Chrissy Ricker's "Mission X: Mystery Manor," and "Mission X: Haunted Hill" mini-books for beginners and late beginners that will turn tricky concepts into musical treats!

Composers Corner: "Mission: X" Mini-Books by Chrissy Ricker

🧐 About the Mission: X Mini-Books:

Have you ever introduced a new idea to one of your students and wished you could assign just a few more pieces of music to really help the concept “click?”

That was the inspiration behind these two new “Mission: X” mini-books! Each book provides reinforcement for a musical concept that students often find to be tricky, with four engaging pieces that students will be excited to play.

Just like the other books in the “Mission: X” series, the “Mission Training” activities that accompany each piece prepare students for the concepts they will encounter in the music. “Bonus challenges” invite students to go even more in-depth with the music theory behind each piece.

The spooky feel of these pieces make these collections perfect for Halloween, but these are books that students can enjoy–and learn from–all year long!

Ready to turn those tricky concepts into musical treats? Let’s explore the details of each volume!


🎵 Mission X: Mystery Manor (Beginners)

  1. Helps beginners explore the concept of accidentals

  2. “Mission Training” concepts covered include: sharps, flats, naturals, half steps, and whole steps

Includes 4 pieces to reinforce the concepts:

  • “Creep” (C minor - no key signature)
  • “Moonstruck” (E minor - no key signature)
  • “The Haunted Staircase” (C minor - no key signature)
  • “Run For It!” (D minor - no key signature)

🎧 Listen to the music from Mission X: Mystery Manor

🔎 Mission Training and “Creep” at a glance:


🎵 Mission X: Haunted Hill (Late Beginners)

  1. Helps late beginners build confidence playing in minor keys

  2. “Mission Training” concepts covered include: natural and harmonic minor scales, identifying major and minor triads, the primary chords in minor keys, and understanding the relationship between relative major and minor

Includes 4 pieces to reinforce the concepts:

  • “Apparition” (A minor)
  • “Monster Hunt” (D minor)
  • “Dancing with Danger” (C minor)
  • “No Escape” (E minor)

🎧 Listen to the music from Mission X: Haunted Hill


🔎 Mission Training and “Monster Hunt” at a glance:



👋 Would you like to see more mini-books like these? Drop us a comment and let us know what types of concepts or themes you think your students could use and enjoy!


Chrissy Ricker
Written by Chrissy Ricker
Chrissy Ricker holds a Master’s degree in music with a concentration in piano performance and pedagogy from Meredith College in North Carolina and is also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She enjoys composing music that is educational, motivational, and just plain fun to play. Her piano music has been featured on the contest lists of many state and national organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs.

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