Princess or Monster?

How easily a princess can become a monster! Rests were introduced on the preceding page, and a tryout on the closed lid highlights the bits of silence after “monster” and “dungeon.” Since the melody has many skips, checking the finger patterns prepares David for the coordination required. A monster demands a more ominous accompaniment, and bold, stomping sounds encourage equally fearless melodic projection. At times the unafraid monster even forgets to “rest.” How quickly a hesitation to repeat is overcome by asking the monster to play in another key. No wonder David wishes there were “freaky” stickers! From Piano Adventures Primer Level, Lesson Book page 69.

2 Responses to “Princess or Monster?”

  1. Connie August 22, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    Before you revised the books, I had always used Once there was a pirate & He lived on an island for those who didn’t like the “Princess song” Now I have 3 choices!

  2. Daniel August 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

    I always tell the students this is my favorite song in the primer book. I usually show it to them once they get to about one 40 for some motivation. I like the ideas you presented. Thanks!