TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Copy Cat

Lesson Book page 54

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  1. Are you a good copy cat? Copy what I do (stand, sit, bow, wink). Copy my rhythm. (Tap a rhythm.) Copy my hand position. (C five-finger scale.)
  2. See if you can copy my music message. (Use patterns from the piece: Mm. 1 and 2, M. 5, Mm. 5 and 6, and so on. You are preparing the student's fingers for the steps and skips in the piece.) (See video)
  3. Look over this piece. Which hand is the Copy Cat?
  4. Which parts are forte? Which parts are piano?
See what's the same. Hear what's the same.

explore and create

Imitation is an important musical element.

partner pages

Technique & Artistry

p. 26 Pilot in the Clouds


p. 42 Playing Steps and Skips in C Position


p. 26 Are You Sleeping?

pedagogy pointers

The student has "copied" before, as in I Hear the Echo, but there it was for the purpose of introducing forte and piano. Here the focus is on imitation of rhythmic and melodic patterns. This develops the student's awareness of how imitation is used as a compositional element.

It's important for the student to see that a pattern is imitated elsewhere—this supports fluent reading—but also very important to make sure that a student hears imitation since imitation almost always invites dynamic change.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 52

Imitating someone is fun, and Tatiana doesn't miss a trick! By copying keyboard "messages", she's prepared for those places in the piece at which there might be a stumble or hesitation. Playing Copy Cat then becomes easy, and she can pay attention to dynamics from the start.

Singing while playing encourages a sense of phrasing. Reacting to the accompaniment, she ends the duet with a natural ritard. Tatiana's original copy cats are certainly frisky and adventurous!

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