Valentine Composing Activity for Beginners
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!
- To compose a melody to a familiar Valentine rhyme
- To review finger numbers
- Pre-school to about age 7
- The printable
- Piano keyboard
- 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
Thanksgiving Thanks Pre-reading Version
Here is the pre-reading version of Thanksgiving Thanks, a composing sheet for beginners.
You might notice that I’m now putting my pre-reading sheets in portrait orientation. I finally decided to stop fighting having to turn their binder sideways. Continue reading
A Composing Activity
There were so many nice things some of you told me about my last composing activity, that I thought it would be fun to make another one. One teacher even sent me a picture that is very special to me! Some children need a break if they just finished the last composing activity. Use your teacher intuition or just ask them if they want to do another one.
Since Thanksgiving is almost here, I didn’t put too many notes in this song. Students can write just a melody, or they can write a melody with chords.
I have a student who wanted to write a melody with chords. I made some composing rules for him. After he decided on a key, he wrote the I chord in the first measure. Then in the 4th measure he wrote a V7 chord. The last note had to end on the tonic note with a I chord.
The hard part was to write a melody that would sound good with the chords. I told him to use a note that was in the chord. Some other hints are to use only steps and few skips, since this is such a short song. You can play the melody to Ode to Joy and to show how Beethoven wrote a famous melody using only 5 notes with mostly steps.
Now there are those who think this is not very creative. But some children are very fearful of composing and are not the type to sit at the piano and doodle around. This gives them some structure as well as make music theory come alive. Plus it is a way to do a little bit of composing in our very limited lesson time.
I am almost finished with the pre-reading version of this song that will be fun for 5-7 year old students. I’ll post it very soon.
It’s October, a Composing Activity
It’s October is a composing activity for early elementary and young beginning students. It has been a long time since I posted a composing activity and I have never posted one for this time of the year. The one I am posting today is easy enough for students who just started lessons.
Students can compose this on the black or white keys. Below the rhythm there are some “leaves” for students to write in finger numbers to compose their melody. Depending on the age, it might take more than one week, so take your time. Please feel free to use both hands. Each line can be labeled right or left hand. At first I had some of the stems going down, but I changed it so the young composer can make that decision!
This also helps students learn their finger numbers!