A Musical Martian Language

These aliens walk carefully, often repeating before they continue stepping up or down. Checking to see where the notes repeat prepares Patrick to play the piece. Imagining tiny Martians under his palms reminds him to play with a rounded hand position. Because his hands are in place before he begins, he can keep his eyes on the music. Finding outer space notes for “three green men” creates a musical Martian language. Patrick’s “men” really shoot high and low! Maybe they’re from the moon? From Piano Adventures Primer Level, Lesson Book, page 29.

4 Responses to “A Musical Martian Language”

  1. Elizabeth Borowsky September 26, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Fantastic! I love the use of the Martian for the rounded hand position, and the improvisation element was very fun!

  2. DeAnne Prosek September 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    I love the improvisation then going back to Mars by playing the song again. I also like how Nancy sings along with the song to keep the tempo steady.

  3. Heidi Neal (heidispianonotes) September 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    The martian language improvisation was my favorite part! I like how it only took a small amount of time to do an add-on to an existing piece but got himfreely playing all across the keyboard.

  4. Kerri September 28, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!