Yellow Arrows Lesson 11

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Lesson #11

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As I finalize things for our recital venue, that's got me looking forward to our recital songs. We're going to highlight each child on a song of their own, while the rest of the class sings along. Please take some time to watch your child practice over the next couple of weeks, and take note of songs they feel particularly Rockstar-ish on. And I'll ask for their top 2-3 choices and then assign songs so we can have them feel well prepared.

Celebrate Connection

A few ideas to bring playfulness to practice time!

  • Tap the rhythm of your RH while tapping the rhythm of your LH on the keyboard cover (Or just tap one hand if the song is hands alone).
  • Pick a measure to play, then close your book and try it from memory.
  • Face Time (or call) a family member and play for them.
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Scale In and Out

This technique is teaching contrary motion where the same finger numbers are played together moving in opposite directions. RH pinky (5) begins on Treble C and LH pinky (5) begins on Bass C. Play and sing IN the major scale with fingers 5 4 3 2 1 POP 3 2 1. Both thumbs will land on Middle C. Then play back OUT using fingers 1 2 3 POP 1 2 3 4 5.

Oh, When the Saints

March 2, 3, 4! We can march with our feet AND our fingers. A marching chord is a type of stylized chord that will make this song sound much more like a march. To play a marching chord, play the bottom note of the chord alone and the top two notes (interval) together and the fingers are MARCHING! Feel free to march around the house as your child plays marching chords with this energetic song!

Tinga Layo

To practice Tinga Layo, play the block chord as written with the calypso rhythm. An example of how to play this rhythm is at the bottom of the page in the songbook. Follow the chords and CHANT in rhythm Shoo-oot the Bug Bug or Ting-a Lay-O while playing!


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With Spring in the air, your blooming musician can hop on this life-size keyboard practicing the music alphabet in the sunshine!