This is a pre-reading version of the traditional children’s song. If you want immediate success, my advice is to give it to an average age beginner who will not get frustrated with the 5 – 3 finger pattern. Luckily my student is the confidant type who told me that with a little practice it would be easy. It might be a little hard from some pre-school student. This is just a reminder to me that a skill that is easily picked up by an 8 or 9-year-old beginner is much harder for a 5-year-old. Skipping fingers are easier if you don’t start with 5-3. The problem with folk songs is that I do not have control of the melody! Pretend playing in the air with fingers 5 and 3, and then playing fingers 5 and 3 on the fall board and then on various keys on the piano will help those 2 fingers learn the pattern.
This song has quite a vocal range, so for singing, I change the key and start way up in the soprano range. (B flat is a good singing key, starting on the D above treble C.) It is a good song to help children find their head tone.
Afterwards, I played the black key version using 2 hands that I used to play as a child. For children who learn easily by ear, that is a fun option! This is such an appealing folk melody. I changed the verse slightly because my student loves cats.
I hope that this is a piece you can add to your collection of autumn pieces that are fun this time of year!