March on D-E-F
Lesson Book page 38
- Treble notes D-E-F
- Reading treble D-E-F
- Reinforcing the concept of line and space notes
- Playing with a rounded hand shape
let's get started
- On the piano, three white keys come between Middle C and Treble G. Can you name them? (Refer to the example in the book.) This is how we write them on the staff. Which are space notes?
- Let's play these notes a few times. Use fingers 2-3-4. I'll play a duet. (See video and download duet)
- Circle all the notes that repeat.
- Look at measures 1 and 2. Are there any other measures that look like that? Is there any difference between them at all? (forte and piano)
- Start the dwarfs marching.
Melodies can begin or end on any finger.
explore and create
Ear TunesPlace fingers 2-3-4 over Treble D-E-F. Close your eyes! I'll play some short patterns. See if you can copy me. (See video)
D-E-F OstinatoPlay D-E-F over and over again, feeling the beat. I'll play a melody above. Can you keep your steady beat? (See video and download duet)
Pixie MarchPlay the piece high on the keyboard, softly and quickly. Maybe the pixies march on tiptoe!
Dorian Dwarfs(Show the student a few patterns that could be played using all five fingers over C-D-E-F-G, but beginning and ending on D [Dorian Mode].) Make up your own dwarf march over my duet! (See video and download duet)
Music à la mode—the Dorian Mode!
p. 24 Learning D E F
- Name notes and connect them to the keyboard with the help of a Silly Reading Hint
This piece fills in the notes between Middle C and Treble G and gives each of them special attention by repeating them in a well-known rhythm pattern. This is also a good chance to reinforce the concept of line and space notes.
Although the right-hand fingers cover the keys from C to G, the emphasis on the middle fingers creates a melody in the Dorian Mode. The student not only has a new musical experience, but discovers that melodies do not always begin or end on the thumb note.
The early reading pieces on the staff are the perfect opportunity to continue exploring improvisation. The student is able to take a break from the demands of visual focus and change to the stimulation of aural focus. And you'll both have fun in the process!
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 44-45
- MIDI File 22