Valentine Composing Activity
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
This post includes favorite beginning Valentine music currently on my website. You can find it on the Valentine music page here.
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!
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.
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)