11. Climbing the Mountain

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Let’s Chant

At-Home Activity

Exploration and creativity with black keys and white keys.

  • Explore the sounds of black keys by making up a black key song
  • Explore the sounds of white keys by making up a white key song
  • Explore the sounds when one hand plays black keys and the other hand plays white keys

Let’s Sing

“Climbing the Mountain”

From Keyboard Games Book A, pg. 12


  • Dynamics: Loud
  • Tempo: Slow
  • Meter: Duple (Du-de Du-de)
  • Piano Keys Used: Sets of two black keys
  • Keyboard Register: Low to middle
  • Hands: Two hands play separately
  • Technique: Alternating arm movement using the middle finger and changing register

Note: Keyboard Games pieces are like musical legos. They are concise on purpose. As students develop in their audiaton and keyboard skills, they will use these “musical legos” to understand longer and more complex piano pieces as well as create and improvise their own musical ideas.


Create different “Du-De Du-de” or “Du-de Du” ideas using soft fists, middle finger, or both.

From the Author

Non-essentials. Looking at music notation to letter-name notes on the music staff, counting using numbers, and teaching terminology such as up or down, step and skip, high and low, right or left hand, or finger numbers distract from learning how to audiate and are not necessary in beginning piano instruction”

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