GREAT FOR RECITALS, GROUP LESSONS, AND MUSIC CAMPS!
Why Are You Sleeping? is a humorous, kid friendly take-off on the traditional round Are You Sleeping. Written for three students at one piano, it works best with students who love to ham it up and are not afraid to over-act. This five-finger arrangement is written for elementary students who can play eighth notes, but their hands remain in the same 5-finger position except for one easy shift in the bass part and 2 crossovers in the middle. It is very easy to memorize and works best if students play from memory. [Please note this is a digital file and no copies will be mailed to you.]
There are no spoken lines, so the facial and body movements express the plot. It starts with one very sleepy student who cannot seem to remember what piece he/she is supposed to play. He starts several familiar tunes as he tries to remember, much to the displeasure of the other trio members. After a while, the two other players come up with a funny way to “wake up” the sleepy student. After that, the remainder of the trio is performed as a three part round with a spirited ending.
Listen to the last section (after the acting) of Why Are You Sleeping?
While the students will have lots of fun with this trio, musically, they will get some experience with polyphonic music in a light hearted, amusing way. Students will be playing dynamic and articulation contrasts. They will learn to bring out the melody, much like a Bach invention. It is also fun to perform in group lessons or music camps where students can study and listen to polyphonic music and then play Why Are You Sleeping. This audience pleasing piece is also a great ending for your recital!
This trio features:
- Complete directions on a separate page.
- How to make the simple and inexpensive props.
- 3 paper-saving individual 2 page scores for high, middle, and low parts.
- A performance/director’s score with all the parts grouped together to help playing together. (I suggest color coding the parts.)
- A separate color cover page.
- Helpful finger numbers.
- Treble and bass clefs in all 3 parts. There is no tricky “same staff” reading.
- Bonus! Slow and faster tempo audio files.
- If you have ordered my trios before, please note a “traditional trio score” is no longer included in my trios.
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Why Are You Sleeping? is a set of PRINTABLE PDF files you may print yourself or take to a print shop. Your purchase includes 2 different layouts, a color cover, a page with acting directions, and two practice mp3 audio files, for a total of 13 pages.
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