TEACHING Piano Adventures®

A Ten-Second Song

Lesson Book page 33

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  1. (Trace several large treble clefs.) What do we call this sign?
  2. There's a secret to this sign. (Trace the G that's part of the treble clef.) It uses the letter G. We can call it the G clef. (Trace some Gs.)
  3. When the G clef is on the staff, it circles the second line, the G line.
  4. Trace the G line through this piece.
  5. Which measures have only Middle Cs? Which measure has only Treble Gs? Which measure has both Middle Cs and Treble Gs?
  6. Let's try the hand-shape exercise at the top of the page.
The Treble Clef is a fancy way of making a G.

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pp. 19-20 The Treble Clef or G Clef, Middle C and Treble G

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The Treble Clef is a fancy way of making a G. That's why it's also called the G Clef. This piece uses Middle C and Treble G, the two notes presented on the staff thus far. Playing these notes with the thumb and fifth finger opens up the hand.

Make drawing the treble clef a real accomplishment. Try drawing with different color markers and have the student circle which is best.

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Teaching Video 32

Hannah traces some Gs over sample Treble Clefs, then learns that on the staff the Treble Clef circles around the second line. Tracing the G line through the piece reminds her where G is. When her thumb and fifth finger are ready over the keys, she's all set to play a piece that uses only Middle Cs and Treble Gs.

Now here comes the challenge—can she really make this a ten-second song? A speedy accompaniment sets the pace, and off she goes. What about another dare? Can she do it with both hands? After a cautious tryout, Hannah turns on the jets. Whaddaya know—a nine-second song!

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