Halloween Week has arrived! And no doubt you’re ready to have a blast with the Halloween Improv Activity we shared two weeks ago and the Halloween Piano Game we shared last week if you haven’t already!
And now… we have one last Halloween printable to make your week complete…
How To Build Terrifying Piano Tunes
Today’s activity is perfect for students who are playing piano pieces in C 5-Finger position. It serves as a wonderful introduction to your students’ first accidental (Eb) and can also be used as a sight-reading exercise.
Oh… and it’s dead simple… excuse the Halloween pun 😉
- To begin, print out the EEEEEEEK! Halloween Printable.
- Next, have your students sight-read each line of music on the printable as written.
- After that, have your students play each line of music again, replacing every “E” with an “Eb” (remind them to look for the ghosts as reminders).
- EEEEEK! It’s become spooky!
- Finally, have your students repeats Steps 1 – 3 using a piece of music from their method books. (Below is an image of a student’s music that has been marked up with “ghostly” reminders.
- Discuss what other changes (besides making it minor) that can be made to music to “spookify” the sound… a change in octave, articulation, pedalling etc? Pick one or two (or all of them!) and have some fun turning a regular o’piece into a Halloween masterpiece!
What “Little Extras” Are Happening In Your Studio This Week?
The Teach Piano Today community would love to know what little extras make their way into your lessons during Halloween Week! If you have an activity that your students adore, please share in the comments below.