Special Birthday Song
I wrote this for a student to learn to play for his brother’s birthday. You can use this with any beginning student. I decided not to put finger numbers in the “staff” version so that you can use what ever position you wish to start on. Also, the pre-reading version can be played on the black keys. If you have a young beginner with a summer birthday, this might be a fun song to print!
Isn’t it kind of sad when our students get too old for this kind of thing? Sad, and happy, too, because we can introduce them to a whole new world of music!
I originally drew the illustrations for a birthday game I posted a few years back. Click on the title below for the free download. This game has two levels, so you can play it with more than just beginners. It’s a fun game and it doesn’t have to be their birthday to play. It might be fun to use if you’re having a summer piano camp. The game is a big file, and it may take a while to download.
Fun with Frogs: Fingers and Hands
A teacher emailed me the other day asking if I have anything on my site for new students to use during the summer.
Well, it just so happens I have a young student who will be starting lessons this fall. So I have been working on a giant bundle of kindergarten through 2nd grade fun sheets. They can by use by students before they begin lessons or at their lessons. All of these lessons use a frog theme. I’ve used Mr. Frog before, but this time I’m adding a lot more. My goal is to touch on everything a new student learns in the first few lessons, as well as some note practice for students who need it.
My young students love Mr. Frog and his friends Miss Frog and Freddy. The frogies love to hang around their pond in flip-flops and practice stepping and skipping on the lily pads. They travel, too. They were recently seen in the English countryside, where they were busy working on UK versions of their rhythm sheets. They have finally learned crochets and minims, but they are a little confused about demisemiquavers!
You might notice that I’ve posted some of these previously. However, they have all been updated with new matching fonts and in some cases, I drew new art. I tried to minimize the ink but still keep them cute. I’ve used red for the right hand and blue for the left hand.
Today I am posting the first 4 pages, which focus on finger numbers. Here are a few ways to use them:
- Email them to your student’s Mom so she can work on these during the summer.
- Use them at with as a Frog theme for summer lessons.
- Use them at summer music camps.
- Use on an iPad or mobile tablet.
If you think of any other ways, let me know!
I plan to post more frog related activities including the UK rhythm ones, so stay tuned!
This post has links to all of the Valentine music currently on my website.
Remember last year when I posted these links? Well, as some of you know, I’ve been trying to revise all my pre-reading and primer level music to vertical (portrait) orientation, rather than horizontal (landscape). The reason I put this level in landscape in the first place is that there is more room for big notes. But it is so hard to use in a 3-ring binder! I’m determined to eventually remake all of my landscape scores!
Question of the day: Do you like the borders I draw? Do you think they add something, or do they make it harder to print. I’m just curious what other teachers think.
Valentines Day PR – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.
Roses are Red – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.
Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading version is played on the white keys using all the fingers.
Chocolate Valentines On the Staff came about because one of my students saw the pre-reading version and asked me to make one for her on the staff. We made it longer by playing it several times, each time in a different octave.
Here are the rest of the Valentine’s Day folk songs from my website that that I have arranged in various levels.
Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Late Elementary (with 8th notes)
Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Primer Level (5-finger position on the staff)
Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Pre-reading
There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart – Early Intermediate (lots of hands together and some finger substitutions)
Below is the graphic I made last year. All the music on the left is now in portrait orientation!
8 Valentine Pieces
Pre-Reading Piano Set 2
The set I’m posting today has 5 more pre-reading pieces. Several of these pieces are about back to school. Two have never been posted or shared on my website, so today is their debut! The other ones I’ve posted before, but I’ve revised them to portrait orientation to use in binders.
One of the new ones is The Golden Rule. If you notice any similarities to Red Light, Green Light, or Right Hand, Left Hand, and other pieces I wrote, well, it is on purpose.
You see, I had little 4-year-old who just loved Red Light, Green Light. For an entire year he played it over and over. So I started writing new lyrics and drawing different art using the same notes in order to expand his “repertoire.” Of course he loved those, too.
Here’s the run down of today’s bundle.
- It’s October is the easiest of the set. There are no notes, just left hand finger numbers. I wrote it to give one on my students more experience in “floating” down the keyboard.
- Snail, Snail is a traditional children’s song and is the only one in the set I didn’t write. Brace the 3rd finger with the thumb and drop into the keys. Moms and Dads, don’t let your child poke at the key or play with stick fingers.
- Play The Golden Rule with firm finger tips and alternate between the left and right hand. The yellow section is hands together.
- T-Ball is for fingers 2, 3, and 4 on CDE. Keep the hands in a rounded position, drop into the keys, and keep that thumb forward, not dangling off the keys. It’s fun to wrap their fingers around a ball to show a nice rounded hand position. I have some mini promotional sports balls that I’ve collected over the years. They are good for little hands.
- Back to School is the twin to T-Ball. It uses CDE only, with fingers 2, 3, and 4, and is a great way to start learning the names of the white keys.
If you like these, check out my other post with 5 different pre-reading pieces.
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