Category Archives: Elementary Music

Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

 The Twelve Days of Christmas

Whenever I update my music or graphics for my own students, I like to share them with you. This has been on my website a long time, but when I was just about to print it out for a student, I decided I wanted to update the picture of the partridge. While I was at it, I spaced out the measures so it would be easier to read.

I tried to make this music look appropriate for all ages, so you can use this with beginning adults as well as children.

It is very easy  to improvise a duet with this song, since you can harmonize it with 4 chords while the student plays an octave higher.

Click on the link  or the  picture to download.

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Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A!

Alligator,Alligator

Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A

I struggled with a poem to go with my alligator drawing. It was so much effort to draw Mr. Alligator that I guess I had nothing left for the poem. Also, I wanted a very easy melody with lots of A’s; something that a 5-year-old can sight-read.

And then, when I was least expecting it, the words and melody came to me. “Alligator, alligator, all you play is A. Can’t you find another note to play for us today?” Even the older brother loves the poem. One of these days I might recycle my poem into a more interesting melody! 

My student wanted to know if all the alligator can play is A, why are there three notes in the song. Students and their questions! I told him he was smarter than an alligator, so he can play more notes. He had never played bass F and G, but since we are using the Notey Noteheads cards, it was not a problem for him. It’s all about learning to read by intervals.

The teacher duet was confusing to play along with. So if I were you, I would not use the duet until your students can play the song confidently. The eighth note rhythm is the problem, so try just playing quarter notes if your student has trouble.

If you are new to this blog, this song is part of a set of pieces I am writing that feature a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. Please read up on it hereD is for Doughnut. Other songs I have already posted are  E is for Elephant,  Pat the Cat’s Patting Song, Frogs Wearing Flip Flops and G is for Giraffe.  These are all free as my gift to the piano teaching community, and I hope your students enjoy them! Yes, I am making a Search and Find for this A, so check back later.

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G is for Giraffe

G is for Giraffe

G is for Giraffe

If you have been following my blog, you know about my new series of short piano teaching pieces that feature letters of the alphabet for students who need more music than is in their method books. Click on the links to read about E is for Elephant, The Doughnut MysteryPat the Cat’s Patting Song, and Frogs Wearing Flip Flops. You can use the Search and Find games, which feature the same animals, to reinforce the note names.

Do you find yourself frequently crossing out finger numbers? I plan to use this piece with the right hand thumb on G. However, instead of writing in the fingering, I added a small box instead for you to write in your own fingering. 

My preschool student thought this was very much like the Frog Flip Flop song, but in a good way. It gave him some security, and I was happy he could sight read it. Young children like to do the same things over and over, and older children like variety.

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Roses in the Springtime – a Primer Level Solo

RosesInTheSpringtime

Roses in the Springtime

I’ve had a few teachers ask me if I would re-post Roses in the Springtime, a primer level solo with the philosophy that money can’t buy everything. One of my students took my poem very literally, and was upset that I would give all my money away! She didn’t quite understand poetic license!

Anyway, there are some skips in this melody, and I put the right hand in middle D position. If that bothers you, change the fingering. This song is very pretty with an improvised broken chord teacher duet. It is pentatonic, with no half steps, so Kodaly teachers can sing it with hand signs.

I would like to thank everyone for your heartwarming response to my newly published books on Sheet Music Plus. I had no idea I would sell so many books so quickly! Please let me know if your students enjoy them.

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More Sunny Solos-the Sequel

More Sunny Solos

Well, I have to admit publishing my books on Sheet Music Plus has been quite an adventure. After I found out my first book, Sunny Solos, was printing all squished up, I stayed up all night reformatting it in portrait orientation. Like most primer level books, my original Sunny Solos was made in landscape orientation, but that did not work with Sheet Music Plus’ software, and no one noticed it until I started getting email from my readers.

Fortunately, the sequel to the first book, which my students happily and quite originally named More Sunny Solos, was already in portrait orientation, and as of today, it is available at Sheet Music Plus. [This time I actually bought my OWN book and printed it, just to make sure it was printing correctly. I used a PC, running Windows 7 and Google Chrome.]

Here is a little information about More Sunny Solos. It takes up where the first Sunny Solos leaves off. It has original color art drawn exclusively for this book. There are 19 eight-measure pieces with teacher duets, as well as a certificate, table of contents, and cover page. The focus of this book is to practice, in a fun way, the concepts students will need to be successful in their next method book. Here is the first piece in the book.

My Robot

The piece, Where is My Soccer Ball, reviews a tie over a bar line. 

Where Is My Soccer Ball

Do you ever have a student who finishes their primer method book, but you just don’t think they are ready to move on to the level? This is a good book for them to have fun and grow a little before they go into their next book. I also use it to evaluate transfer students, as a supplementary book, and as a sight-reading book.

Here is a link where you can see both books. Thank you SO very much for your heartwarming support and encouragement! If you have a printing problem, please use the contact number on the Sheet Music Plus website and I’m sure they will help you resolve it. If you previously bought Sunny Solos, be on the lookout for an email from them with a coupon code to buy the new version.

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