PRACTICAL THEORY & PLAYING
After the wonderful Big Black Train learning experience, we kept our musical listening skills sharpened with the Easter Rabbit game. If your child has completed this, they will have a copy in their NEW PIANO FOR BEGINNERS BOOK 2- EFG.
An egg shaker is passed around in time with the song, which is sung many times as the game continues. This repetition helps with musical listening and familiarity with the song.
When the game is complete, the students are asked to play the whole song. I sing the song and hold my Magical Music Wand HIGH & LOW to help the students successfully play the tune.
We then look at the notes written on a page, introducing the note “G” on the musical staff. We observed that “G” is higher than “E” on the staff, just like on the piano.
Some students went on to read some other simple “G” & “E” songs.
A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND
According to the Kodaly method of musical learning, the interval between “G” and “E” (called a ‘minor third’) is the first interval children naturally develop. Think of the school yard playground “Na-na” chant when playing chasey, or the common tunes “See-Saw Up and Down” and “Rain Rain Go Away”. We’ll be working with these pitches over the next few weeks.