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.
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
I hope some of your young students will enjoy my little Valentine ditties!
Valentine Composing Activity
Write a Valentine’s Song is is a composing activity in 3/4 time for young beginners. I didn’t write in directions on this so that you may use it in different ways. Students can write in finger numbers or note notes. They can use left hand, right hand, or both. They can draw in bar lines if you wish and a double bar line at the end. In fact, you can use this as a rhythmic activity and not even bother to compose a tune.
If you use this to compose with a slightly older beginner, the next step would be to notate it on staff paper. I have some large size staff paper on my web site.
I have found that students often cannot complete both lines in the lesson. Sometimes I send it home to complete, or finish the next week.
There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart
I have very fond memories of teaching There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning to my elementary music classes in the 70’s. It is a soothing kind of folk song, and it seemed to calm the children down. For the second verse we would sing, “There’s a little song a-singing in my heart.” Sometimes the classes would make up more verses and now I don’t know which are part of the folk song, and which ones we made up.
I arranged this for some of my students who wanted a Valentine song that was more challenging. I didn’t want to make it TOO challenging, because there’s only 2 weeks to Valentine’s Day. That’s why I changed the 8th notes to quarter notes in the second measure. Also, I left out the dotted eighth notes in the melody because that just makes it look too hard. However, if you’re students can do it, add them in.
For those of you who use Finale, I had trouble notating the last measure . I wanted the final F to be a tie. I had to make a different layer to do it. Is it done correctly and clearly? It’s hard to be a one woman publishing company. When I learned to write music, computers took up entire rooms and there was no such thing as a personal computer, much less one that you could print out your own music. I’m totally self-taught on the computer!
One final note, children now days don’t seem to know folk songs! That’s why I like to arrange them and pass them out to children.