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Help, I need ideas! #567304
10/11/02 08:54 PM
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Hey guys, a friend of mine who works with kids thought it would be a great idea if I could come into the community center he works at and talk about the piano. Being a teacher, I jumped on the idea, but I'm thinking how I can make classical/piano music fun for kids ranging from K-6? I was thinking of just talking about some major composers from Baroque to present and playing little snippets of familiar tunes. Also, I thought I'd show them how the piano works and maybe a little history on it, but all that will take only a few minutes. I need more, but I don't want to overwhelm them. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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Re: Help, I need ideas! #567305
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I would play some of the pieces that my students in that age range typically like and might have heard. Examples of these include, Bach Prelude No. 1 in C and Minuet in G; Pachelbel's Canon in D; Beethoven Fur Elise, Ecossaise in G, Rage over a Lost Penny and Ode to Joy; Mozart's variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"; one or two from Schumann's Scenes from Childhood (one fast, one slow, maybe); Ellmenreich's Spinning Song; a Scott Joplin rag (Maple Leaf, Entertainer). Those are all selections that are always popular with my students.

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You could always play that Peter and the Wolf thing by Prokofiev.


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The more you can get the kids involved, the better they will pay attention. Do any of them play the piano? You could arrange for a couple of them to play short pieces to illustrate a part of your talk. If you will be playing snippets of familiar songs, can you turn it into a game of "name that tune"? Bring a bag of halloween candy bars and throw one to each person who guesses correctly. Kids become enthusiastic when there is food or prizes involved. (Just make sure there are a couple of adults there to help you keep order. wink ) Talk about what some famous composers were like at their age; Mozart for example. Find a powdered wig to wear while you play his music. Heck, it's Halloween.

Don't let them doze off while you play. Play something LOUD, play something soft, have them listen for legato and staccato, play with your eyes closed, throw in a glissando. Let them try it, too. I'd say, go ahead and overwhelm them if you can. laugh

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How about showing them what will happen if they take up the piano? Explain how important the daily practice is, and give examples of what they should be able to play after years 1, 2 and 3.
If you let them ask questions, the time will fly.


Whaddya mean I shouldn't be swinging it? Beethoven wrote some great rags.
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If you can remember it, play the first piece you ever learned for a recital when you were a kid.

Play some Christmas carols. Talk a little bit about the social aspect of music in the early days, in that only churches and wealthy persons had access to organ/harpischord/piano so that what we take for granted today was a rare treat in the olden days.

You definitely need a rock and roll tune too, something with a glissando.

Something I found really interesting when I was in elementary school was my teacher telling us about ear training tests (so that she could be a music teacher) and how she remembered notes and intervals by thinking of them as the first notes of famous songs. A bit of "name that tune" but if you prepare a few of those reminders that we all use, try to get a victim, er kid, to name what the song is.


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