WE’RE GOING ON AN EGG HUNT
It’s a great rhyming book, with plenty of repetition. Rhyme and repetition make for fantastic musical pieces!
This is a ‘rote’ learning piece, where the child learns to play it by copying and memory.
I created a simple PDF to help with visual memory, which you can download by clicking on the book image to the left.
Rote learning pieces help children to:
- develop musical understanding
- recognise and learn patterns
- develop memory skills by remember patterns and their order
- listen to their playing, how their piece sounds
- play musically and fluently
- remain motivated and engaged in playing the piano
- increase concentration
- evoke creativity
- develop technique
- actually help children develop music reading skills (!)
Reading music for young people involves so many skills. They are usually so focussed on recognising and playing the correct notes that listening skills and musicality are hindered. It is not that learning to read music is not important, it is simply that other skills, such as LISTENING and PLAYING MUSICALLY also need developing.
For more information, you might like to check out Dr. Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher’s article over here.
There’s also an interesting PodCast with creative Ozzie piano teacher, Tim Topham and Amy Greer over here.
Just before Easter, I purchased the rhyming picture book from Kmart for $10, and created a simple tune out of it. You can try purchasing it here if you’d like a copy for home.
Click on the picture to the left to download a copy of the PRINT version, in case your child has lost their copy.
WHAT WE DID
You’ll see some of the ways we used the book as we play the song on the video below.
- This is a piece for BOTH hands using groups of THREE black notes.
- There are TWO simple patterns to remember- one goes DOWN, the other goes UP.
- These patterns alternate with each page turn.
- The pictures are a huge part of the experience! Your child will love showing you the different pictures, anticipating which animals are coming next, where the ‘shadowy’ figure is (the wolf’s tail keeps appearing on each egg collecting page), counting the eggs collected so far, counting the eggs that drop out of the basket as the bunnies run away (and if the eggs left match the eggs on the last page).
- We used an Easter Hunt game to find the note D on the piano.
- We played Dinosaurs and Dragons to help consolidate our memory of the note D.
There’s a YouTube tutorial of Jethro playing along with me over here: https://youtu.be/_nn3K3OBAmg