Let’s Get Started
By now, students may be ready to practice with more regularity. Do not force practice, but consider listening to the Keyboard Games pieces at the piano while looking at the keyboard map. Ideally, this will provide a smoother transition into a set practice routine. Refrain from over-correcting. Use gentle reminders about where to start, what fingers to use, which hand goes first, etc.
From Keyboard Games Book A, pg. 10
- Meter: Triple (Du-da-di Du-da-di)
- Piano Keys Used: Two white keys
- Keyboard Register: High
- Hands: Two hands play together
- Technique: Arm movement playing macrobeats
Note: You can have your child “take a ride” on your hand to help them how to keep their hand shape round but not tight. Children like the playfulness of “taking a ride” and it’s a great thing to do if you see them poking their middle finger out (finger isolation). They can rest their hand on yours and feel the arm lift the hand to play each piano key as they rest their finger group on your hand.
Review any piece(s) learned so far. Make changes to your pieces by moving them to new places or using the rhythm patterns in new ways.
From the Author
“The Music Page. Pictures of hands and keyboards, or rote notation, describe what is needed for each performance piece. Information for playing each rote piece is shown visually in a way that a young child can understand and remember.”