Piano teachers should compose with their primer students every lesson. I have seen composing turn completely disinterested students into 7-day-a-week practice machines. And I have seen composing take already-inspired students and turn them into kids who can’t stop making music!
For most teachers, however, composing with kids is just too daunting a task.
And that’s because many teachers equate composing with creating an entire piece of music… which, for most 7-year-olds, is next to impossible.
Instead, young kids need a simple, gentle approach to start penning some piano music; an approach that begins with creating simple melodies to complete piano pieces that have been carefully crafted to sound good with any music they make.
And today, we’re sharing a Primer Piano Storybook Composing series that has pioneered that approach for young piano students! Keep reading below to learn more.
Get Primer Kids Composing With Our Magical Motives
Today we are excited to announce the release of 3 primer piano composing books, available on Amazon. In these heart-warming books that speak to the power of music, you and your students will compose your way through a captivating adventure by creating missing motives (motifs) for unfinished piano pieces. The series includes:
1. Barnyard Brooke and the Magical Motives (Early Primer) – Available here on Amazon
2. James B. Daring and the Magical Motives (Mid Primer) – Available here on Amazon
3. Penny Petticrew and the Magical Motives (Late Primer) – Available here on Amazon
Click on any cover below for a preview of what’s inside each book:
5 Things To Know About Primer Piano Storybook Composing
- These books are teacher-led resources to be used during piano lessons. You will need to read the stories and the instructions to your students. While older students will enjoy writing motives on the missing measures, younger students may require some assistance during this task.
- Your students will not be required to compose entire piano pieces. Instead, they will create simple motives (short recurring melodies) for unfinished piano pieces, and then “fill-in-the-blanks”.
- Teachers do not need to know how to compose to use these resources. We include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that teachers can follow to help their students make their magical motives.
- Every piano piece will sound good! The unfinished piano pieces are designed to work with any motive composed by your piano students. The guided music-making process ensures success.
- These resources are sneaky ways to reinforce note reading. Because your piano students are required to complete missing measures with their magical motives they will be reinforcing note reading as they write music on the staff.
Check Out Our Storybook Composing Series On Amazon
Barnyard Brooke and the Magical Motives, James B. Daring and the Magical Motives, and Penny Petticrew and the Magical Motives are all available on Amazon. Hop on over there and take your primer students on a music-making adventure.