Published in 1956, “The Piano Pieces for Children” is a piano music collection for children composed of 17 songs. A piano teacher, Setsuko Murata, asked Nakada to make this collection because she lamented the Japanese situation at the time where there were few songs for children. Nakada majored in piano at the University, so he could compose many songs with easy hand movements with fingering shown in detail. This collection was intended to be used together with the piano texts of Bayer and Czerny.
Nakada also composed a lot of songs familiar to the Japanese, such as “Memories of Summer” and “Just a Little Autumn.” Even in “The Piano Pieces for Children”,
he used the five-tone scale which was used in Japanese traditional songs and ballads, and created some good old melodies. Also he created original titles and tunes for this collection for children to be able to enjoy.
These pieces create vivid impressions for the audience at recitals with such pieces as “Japanese Festival”, which is reminiscent of whistle and drum tones, “The Dance of Aborigines”, accompanied by a hand intersection, “Etude Moderato” in which the same melody is successively modulated and “Etude Allegro” in which the form is clear and the sixteenth notes are vivid.