New Valentine Song for Beginners

Will You Be My Valentine

Will You Be My Valentine

Today I am posting a new Valentine’s piece that I wrote just for young children.  It is in middle C position, (both thumbs on middle C) and it has no skips, just stepping notes in each hand. If you’re not an experienced piano teacher, but like to work with your young child at the piano, you may be interested to know that notes that move from one finger to the next are much easier for beginners. Most piano teachers wait until students have mastered stepping notes before they move into notes that skip fingers. That is not something I knew when I was a young teacher. Back before there was such a thing as piano pedagogy, we learned on the job! I’m sure a lot of my readers can identify with that!

This will be good piece for sight-reading or just something fun the week of Valentine’s Day.

In case you’re looking for some more easy Valentine’s Day music for beginners, go to my Valentine’s Music page here. There are also some that are a little harder, including one that is late elementary. I’ve written several levels of this one, because it used to be a favorite of mine when I had a classroom.

Theres a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart

There’s a Little wheel A-Turning in My Heart

Here is one of my favorite preschool songs that I’ve made in both pre-reading and on-the-staff versions.

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading

 I hope some of your young students will enjoy my little Valentine ditties!

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Valentine Composing Activity

On the staff Valentine composing activity

Valentine Composing Activity

This Valentine composing activity is a great way to promote composition in your studio. If you have been using my materials for a long time, you know that I have posted a lot of composing sheets like this for younger students. I have already posted a pre-reading Valentine composing sheet, (see graphic below) but I’ve never posted an “on-the-staff” version, so I’m doing that today. If you have beginning young children, try the pre-reading version. All they have to use are finger numbers, and they love writing their own music.

To print, click on the links, open the file and print all you need for your students.

With the rhythm already written, students only have to do is decide on the melody notes. On today’s staff version, they can write a melody divided between the hands, or a melody for one hand. Some even like to try an accompaniment. It depends on the level the student is comfortable with writing.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you can speed the process along by helping the students write the notes. I suggest when writing notes, use whole notes and then later go back and correct the rhythm, because it seems to take young ones a long time to draw and fill in quarter notes, if you know what I mean!

There is nothing like writing music to know how much students are learning!

Valentine Composing Activity

 

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Free Valentine Resources for Piano Teachers

Did you know you can find all my free Valentine resources on this page?

Free Valentine Piano Resources

Last week I posted one of my all-time favorite games, Steal a Heart, which is really good for groups. Today I want to mention two games that I made for student and teacher, Hearts and Clubs Notes/Keyboards and Hearts and Clubs Intervals. The file for Hearts and Club Notes also contains  keyboard flash cards, for beginning students who have not learned notes.

They both use flash cards, which I included in the files. The objective for both games is to quickly identify either note names or intervals. They are suitable for elementary through teens because I tried to keep the art more “game-like” and less cartoony.  The art doesn’t really mention Valentines, so you can use this year round.

Also, check out Are You a Line or a Space. It’s not a game, really, but a fun activity my students really enjoyed. At their lesson, a student would  choose if they wanted to be on the line or space team. All week as students came to their lesson, I kept score, but I didn’t put anyone’s name down, just the team. That took all the pressure off students. At the end of the week, the team with the most points won. The next week, all the spaces had to do lines and all the lines had to do spaces. That made it more fair, since the spaces are easier, usually! You can read more about it and get all the free printables at the link.

Are You a Line or Space?

If your students are working on rhythmic dictation, and I really hope they are, I made four worksheets to help them get started. There are one measure hearts and two measure hearts in both 4/4 and 3/4 time. In my blog post I explain how this Kodaly method is the best way to teach eighth note dictation.

Rhythm Hearts BeatsMore Rhythm Heart Beats

When you go to the Valentine Page, all you need to do is click on the picture and it is supposed to take you to the original blog post with the directions for the games. If there is a broken or incorrect link, please let me know!

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Can Can Trio

Can Can Trio

On sale through Friday, Feb. 2.

I am really happy to announce my arrangement of the familiar song, Can Can Trio, for 6 hands at one piano. I’ve just added it to my music store and it will be on sale through Feb. 2, 2018. Your students can’t listen to this without getting in a good mood!

Great fun for all!

I think I’ve mentioned that I write trios for my students, and one of my teens specifically asked me if I would make a trio out of the song Can Can. He said he learned it from a video game, of all things! We had a little discussion about the origins of the song, and he learned there was more to the music than the familiar Can Can melody he knew.

I took a look at the orchestra score from the familiar Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach and decided I could do it! To add to the fun, I added the folk song, Buffalo Gals, and partnered it with the original melody at one point in the music.

This is a long trio, and I worked very hard to make it accessible for early intermediate students who want to perform something flashy, but don’t have the skills for some of the more difficult trios that are available.

When your students start to learn it, they will probably be like mine and ask, “Where’s the Can Can?” I told them to just wait, it’s there!

With all the rests and pauses at the beginning, I was worried about them playing together, but that was not a problem. It also helped with their counting!

Your intermediate and early intermediate students will really have fun with this one!  Each part plays the melody in this energetic piece. For teaching ease, the measures are numbered, and all versions of the score include fingering to help students learn it quickly. Please note there is no traditional trio score with this music because of the length.

This is a studio license. Save the files and a single teacher can make unlimited copies for students. 

Included in the files are the following:

  • A 15 page director’s score with all the parts together. Students will use this score for performance.
  • Three individual scores (for high, medium, and low parts) to save paper and make it easier to learn their part.
  • A color cover page.
  • Bonus slow practice mp3 audio file.  Send it to their phones in a text message!
  • A total of 34 pages.

 

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