Things to Review
Half Note, Whole Note
Middle C Position
Steps and Skips on White Keys
In this piece, students begin to learn about the essential building blocks of step and skip. Notice that the rhythm slows to half notes for the skips, giving students more time to process skipping letters, fingers, and white-keys, for the first time.
We will call them 2nds and 3rds later on, but the words “step” and “skip” provide a more vivid and memorable description.
As before, the mirrored melodies provide a wonderful opportunity for looking at the direction notes are moving. Also, one can clearly see the larger distance between skipping notes because of the precisely measured printing of the note-heads.
The characters in the art have decided to get some food before heading to the park to fly their new kites!