TEACHING Piano Adventures®

The I Like Song

Lesson Book page 15

let's get started

  1. Here's a rhythm pattern that uses the half note. (Demonstrate quarter quarter half-note.) This is how it looks. (Show the pattern in the piece.)
  2. Let's tap and count the rhythm in this piece. Tap with the hand that plays and count 1 1 1-2.
  3. Be a rhythm detective. Find and circle that pattern in the piece.
  4. Find the 3-black-keys in both hands with fingers 2-3-4. We'll play and say the finger numbers.
  5. Now let's play the piece and count 1 1 1-2.
Look for patterns. Don't read note to note!

explore and create

Note combinations form rhythm patterns.

partner pages

Technique & Artistry

pp. 6-7 Firming Up My Fingers


p. 3 The Doorbell

pedagogy pointers

The first piece that uses half notes also establishes a new rhythm pattern. It's important that note values are not seen as isolated elements, but rather that note combinations form patterns which are used over and over.

The new rhythm pattern occurs six times, but the notes change direction more frequently, and there is a greater mixture of steps and skips.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 15

As Patrick discovers, being a "rhythm detective" prepares you for what's ahead. Realizing that the pattern recurs so often makes the piece easy to play.

The adventure begins with a mystery move, a whoosh down to the white keys. Patrick is proud that he remembers to use "rolling fingers".

Another magic move creates Halloween music sung with new words. And at last the Tooth Fairy tiptoes in, high on the keyboard. Isn't transposition fun!

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