Trevor and I were in a wintery mood this week with our first snowfall of the season. Our kiddos were out the door bright and early to make a Frosty in our front yard. Sure… it was just a dusting but it was enough to make a pretty good snowman 🙂
So, with our new wintery mood, we hopped on over to the computer to bring you a snowman-inspired composing printable!
With today’s activity you’re getting everything you need to inspire your young students to get creative AND compose a gift for someone special (or for several someones!).
Creating A Wintery Composition Gift
Today’s printable can be found at this link. Download, print, and then follow along with the steps below:
- Print one copy of the printable for each gift your student will create.
- Read the poem to your student.
- Follow the step-by-step directions to the right of the poem to help your student create a motive.
- On the music page that follows, you will find several blank measures indicated with a colored box. Write your student’s motive into each colored box. More advanced students can then add a bass clef part to match their motive.
- The B Section comes with a predefined rhythm. Have your student experiment with different note combinations (in C major) to match the rhythm and then write her notation choices into the measures directly below the rhythms.
- With your student, add any finishing touches to the piece such as dynamics, articulation, and pedal markings.
- Practice, practice, practice, so your student can easily perform her composition for her “special someone”.
- Send the Composition Gift home!
Take Your Composing Gifts To The Next Level
When my own students create a Composition Gift, I like to mark it as a special moment by finding a way to turn “just a page of music” into something special.
In the past I have framed their compositions in inexpensive picture frames, rolled their compositions into scrolls (tied with a beautiful ribbon), and recorded video performances. If you come up with a creative way to gift your students’ compositions, we’d love for you to share it on Instagram or Facebook and then tag us @teachpianotoday so we can see your masterpieces!
If your students love our composing activities then keep those creative wheels turning and start them on a composing adventure with The Curious Case of Muttzart and Ratmaninoff! This hilarious, 12-lesson book provides you with everything you need to teach beginning composing skills Find out more here.