As some of you guessed, the next letter in my series of songs that introduce notes on the staff to young beginners is the note middle E. (If you are new to this blog, read the previous post about how I am teaching my early childhood students to learn notes on the staff.) Notice that this song uses E and well as middle C and D.
If you are a new teacher or parent, here is how I suggest teaching this.
- Read my last post with suggestions of ways to teach the location of E on the staff. After the student can identify E on the staff, you are ready to teach this song. You do not have to do it all in one lesson.
- Practice tapping the words on the piano cover in rhythm until the child gets it.
- Use pre-reading cards to practice measures three and four, reading by intervals. Practice using the correct fingers on the piano cover. Drop the hand into the surface. Try to avoid lifting individual fingers.
- Review the rhythm again!
- If the child is antsy, get off the bench and do something else.
- Find middle E on the keyboard, and play measures three and four by intervals. Play the entire piece. The teacher duet may confuse students, so don’t use it right away.
- Get off the bench and play a game.
My students loved the seeing doughnut from the D song on this sheet. Let me know if any of your students notice.
This new series of sheets I am posting can help keep young students from thinking middle C is always the thumb. Further help with this is available in my beginning reading book Sunny Solos ($4.95), a digital download from Sheet Music Plus. Sunny Solos is also very good for transfer students who need a review of the primer level.