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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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Valentine Composing Printable for Beginners

Valentine Composing Activity

Valentine Composing Activity

Some years ago I posted a black and red version of this. As it happens with a lot of old material, I  forgot about it until it started showing up on Pinterest. It looked rather dated and I didn’t like it anymore.  I decided to do a makeover by adding more colors and flowers.

This is a fun Valentine’s “gift” for students to give to a special adult, especially if they can play it for them!

Objective

  • To compose a melody to a familiar Valentine rhyme
  • To review finger numbers

 Age

  • Pre-school to about age 7

 Materials

  • The printable
  • Pencil
  • Piano keyboard

Directions

  • Students place their right hand on the keys with the thumb or index finger on middle C
  • Starting on middle C, they make up a tune and write the correct finger numbers or letter names in the hearts
  • The tune sounds better if it starts and ends on C
  • Alternatively, students can use their left hand, the black keys, or use another position, such as G
  • Help younger students with the writing

Why I Like This Activity

  • It helps students become more interested in composing

Filed under Composing Activities, Preschool Music Resources, Valentine's Day