TEACHING Piano Adventures®

The Old Clock

Lesson Book page 11

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  1. Let's pretend we're clocks. (Combine saying Tick-Tock with swaying from side to side, like a pendulum.)
  2. What's the most important thing about a clock? (Answer: it must keep steady time.)
  3. This time both hands are going to play. Let's see how. (Have student point to the notes as you play the piece.)
  4. (Tap the piece, using the hands as written. First say right-left, etc., then the words.) Is your clock steady?
  5. Let's put our clock on the 2-black-key groups and listen to it keep steady time. (Play the piece.)
Tapping before playing prepares the gestures and sets a steady beat.

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Playing with alternating hands keeps the body in balance.

pedagogy pointers

This is the first piece that uses both hands. Playing with regularly alternating hands develops upper body balance and reinforces gestures made with the entire arm, dropping from the shoulders.

The finger clusters never change notes, so the student can focus attention on the alternating hand motions. The eyes learn to track from left to right and up and down—a development of directional reading.

Large body gestures help internalize the beat.

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Teaching Video 11

Tapping before playing prepares the gestures and sets a steady beat. Kai feels the beat with her whole arm and upper torso as she plays. And playing the duet proves that she can keep a steady beat.

This clock has chimes that can ring louder and longer and smaller chimes that ring more quickly and softly. As part of an improvised duet, Kai continues to develop a sense of steady beat in a musical context—right to the stroke of midnight!

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