Let’s Get Started
Keep listening to the audio files, studying the rote notation, and learning more pieces. Continue making up new songs. Free exploration is done without any attention to rhythm patterns. Improvisation is playing with rhythm patterns. Encourage a balance exploration and improvisation with a rhythm pattern.
“The Turtle. The Rabbit.”
From Keyboard Games Book A, pg. 11
- Dynamics: Soft
- Tempo: “The Turtle” is slow. “The Rabbit” is fast.
- Meter: Duple (Du-de Du-de)
- Piano Keys Used: Two black keys moving up the keyboard
- Keyboard Register: Low to high
- Hands: Left hand alone
- Technique: Arm movement using the middle finger and changing register
Note: You can play this one backwards and make up stories about the turtle and the rabbit. You can create new sound ideas to accompany your turtle and rabbit stories.
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
“Creativity and Improvisation. Creating something new reinforces musical thinking. The story pages encourage making up a story and illustrating it with music and with drawings. Students decide register, dynamics, tempo, and rhythm patterns before beginning to create music. Use other imaginative activities to foster creativity and improvisation.”