TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Middle C March

Lesson Book page 32

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  1. Middle C is the short line between the treble and bass staves. (Show the sample in the book.)
  2. Any finger can play Middle C. Tickle Middle C with your RH finger 2, finger 4 … Your LH finger 3, thumb …
  3. Let's point to the notes and count: 1 1 1-2, 1 1 1-2 …
  4. Watch how I change my fingers. (Play the piece, showing how the fingers change.)
  5. It's your turn to try the piece and change your fingers. (If the student's rounded hand shape flattens, have him or her brace fingers 2 and 3 with the thumb.)
Middle C is in the middle of the grand staff, not the middle of the keyboard.

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Any finger can play Middle C!

pedagogy pointers

The first piece that uses staff notation shows the Grand Staff, with Middle C placed between the staves. Both hands play this piece, making the student aware that the hands "share" Middle C. Each hand changes fingers on Middle C, so the student does not think of it as the "thumb note". The dynamics begin piano, then increase to forte in each hand.

Improvisation is easy when the student plays one note. Use this as a time to explore rhythm—don't waste a minute letting your beginner create at the keyboard.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 31

Checking how to read and count the notes prepares Hannah for this solid little march in which the fingers switch with rhythmic regularity. Everything about Hannah shows she's ready. She even sets her own tempo before playing!

Not only do the fingers change, but so do the dynamics, making this duet a colorful, as well as a peppy, parade. Hannah's own march takes off with syncopations and daredevil finger changes. And what a natural, musical ending—on the fifth finger, no less!

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