TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Once There Was a Princess

Lesson Book page 61

let's get started

  1. I'll play the piece while you point to the notes and rests. Can you catch all the rests? Can you hear all the rests?
  2. Let's chant the words and tap. (Put the lid down.) Make loose fists for all the rests.
  3. Let's circle all the skips, then check out which fingers play them. (1-3, 2-4, and 3-5.)
  4. Play and keep "tuned in" so you hear silence on each rest.
  5. (Play the duet.) The princess sings while she moves through her castle, then gently puts her hands back in her lap when she sits down at the end.
A rest means silence.

explore and create

Observing rests at different tempos requires careful attention.

partner pages

Technique & Artistry

p. 31 What the Queen Told the King


p. 46 The Quarter Rest


pp. 30-31 Rainy Day

pedagogy pointers

The quarter rest was introduced on the preceding page, and here the quarter rest highlights the moments of silence after "princess" and "castle". Make sure the key is released, not held as a half note. The student must be alert. "Princess" and "castle" are punctuated by rests, but in one spot the rhythm to these words changes to half notes.

The melody has many skips. Checking and drilling these in advance will prepare the student for the coordination required to read and play the piece smoothly.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 58

Using the hands as they appear in the piece, Emily taps and "rests" while the princess first glides, then runs through the castle.

Why not let the princess test her finger-skipping skills by creating her own melodies?

How easily a princess can become a monster living in a dungeon! A stomping, monster-like accompaniment encourages David to play boldly. His hesitation to repeat is quickly overcome by inviting the monster to play in another key!

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