Top 10 things to know
Book C Concepts
- Students have now “met” Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky
- Line-line and space-space skips promote finger dexterity and new melodic patterns
- Online Audio helps students LISTEN, SING, TAP, and MOVE (Free CD upon request)
- Detective at the Piano (pp. 52-53) gives a fun note-reading strategy.
- ABA musical form
- Ritardando, accent, upbeat
- Use of the damper pedal opens new, colorful sounds
- The tie, quarter rest, octave
- Technique Games
– Mouse House
– R.H. and L.H, Thumb Taps
– Marching Feet
– Color Your Music
– Falling Elephant
– Waltzing Hands
- Stickers that Teach® offer fun review and rewards. Flashcard Sheets offer games for class and private lessons
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Book C Pedagogy Pointers
- The Book B Review of concepts offers a creative review as students complete each entry with a fun, rhyming word.
- Create musical similes. Playing skips up from Middle C is like “the sun rising high in the morning.”
- Playing skips up from the Lowest C is like “bringing up treasure from the bottom of the ocean.”
- E-G-B Mouse teaches 3 treble clef lines in a playful, creative way.
- Musical form is analyzed using ABA form and Theme and Variations.
Top 5 things to do
Book C Teaching Actions
- Always play the teacher duets for greater musical expression.
- To develop eye-tracking, play the audio while students point to the notes in rhythm.
- Ask students to analyze and memorize a piece weekly.
- Make sure students can easily draw treble and bass clefs.
- Consider a PreTime Book. Students may choose the style.
The best advice
Keep singing, playing duets, and using the Flashcard Sheets.