The Mirror

Things to Review
Clef Signs , Bass Staff, Treble Staff
F, C, and G
Whole Note

Whatʼs New
Grand Staff

The treble and bass staffs are now joined with a brace to form the grand staff. The F and G lines are named and bold. On the keyboard map, clef signs are placed on the keys. In this piece, students will only play bass F, middle C, and treble G, establishing these outer notes of the middle C position as landmarks to use while learning to read.

The first question “How many measures are in this piece?” is extremely important. We want to make sure that students comprehend that a single measure includes both treble and bass staff.

The second question, “Which hand plays first?” is also important, as we want make sure that students understand what “higher” and “lower” looks like on the grand staff.

If a student has trouble remembering right and left, substitute upper and lower. In other words, call the left hand the “lower hand” and the right hand the “upper hand”.

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Things to Review
Lines and Spaces
Up and Down

Whatʼs New
There is a key on the piano for every note on the grand staff.

This page has two parts. The first is to give students a complete picture of how the grand staff correlates to the keyboard. We often take things apart in such detail when teaching, that it is hard for students to imagine the big picture. This is an opportunity for students to take a look at it. However, this is not meant as a task for students to learn or memorize all of the notes on the grand staff now. It is only here for them to get the idea of how it works.

The second part is an important pencil activity, reviewing up and down, and line and space notes, as a prep for the next page of music.

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