My First Piano Adventure Book C – Things to know


Top 10 things to know

Book C Concepts

  1. Students have now “met” Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky
  2. Line-line and space-space skips promote finger dexterity and new melodic patterns
  3. Online Audio helps students LISTEN, SING, TAP, and MOVE (Free CD upon request)
  4. Detective at the Piano (pp. 52-53) gives a fun note-reading strategy.
  5. ABA musical form
  6. Ritardando, accent, upbeat
  7. Use of the damper pedal opens new, colorful sounds
  8. The tie, quarter rest, octave
  9. Technique Games
    – Mouse House
    – R.H. and L.H, Thumb Taps
    – Marching Feet
    – Color Your Music
    – Falling Elephant
    – Waltzing Hands
    – Fingertaps
  10. 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

  1. The Book B Review of concepts offers a creative review as students complete each entry with a fun, rhyming word.
  2. Create musical similes. Playing skips up from Middle C is like “the sun rising high in the morning.”
  3. Playing skips up from the Lowest C is like “bringing up treasure from the bottom of the ocean.”
  4. E-G-B Mouse teaches 3 treble clef lines in a playful, creative way.
  5. Musical form is analyzed using ABA form and Theme and Variations.

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Book C Teaching Actions

  1. Always play the teacher duets for greater musical expression.
  2. To develop eye-tracking, play the audio while students point to the notes in rhythm.
  3. Ask students to analyze and memorize a piece weekly.
  4. Make sure students can easily draw treble and bass clefs.
  5. Consider a PreTime Book. Students may choose the style.

The best advice

Keep singing, playing duets, and using the Flashcard Sheets.