Open any method book, and you’ll quickly see that pieces in 4/4 time fill up most of the pages.
Because of this, playing in 4/4 time feels more natural for young students. But getting stuck in this “4/4 rut” affects motivation and skill development.
When students play “early and often” in 4/4 time AND 3/4 time, they become comfortable in both and are therefore less likely to have rhythmic struggles down the road.
But that’s not all…
Because primer piano students only know a small set of notes, all of their music starts to sound similar if they are only playing in 4/4 time.
When they switch to pieces in 3/4 time, their music becomes wonderfully different, inspiring them to practice more frequently.
So, now that you know you need to bring more 3/4 time into your studio, in today’s post we’re going to help you discover a boatload of 3/4 time songs and activities for your primer piano students!
The 3/4 Tunes Your Primer Students Need
Today, Andrea and Trevor Dow’s Very Useful Piano Library has added a brand new book…
This magical new piano resource will help primer students gain confidence playing in middle C position and 3/4 time.
Like all of the resources in the Very Useful Piano Library, The Cat, the Mermaid, and the Soaking Wet Songbook contains music and so much more!
Inside you will discover cute songs with wonderful lyrics, note reading, sight reading and rhythm games, a practice tracker, and a certificate of achievement.
You can get it here, or check out the preview pages below:
Let’s take a look:
1. Piano Pieces
The Cat, the Mermaid, and the Soaking Wet Songbook contains eight pieces for mid-primer piano students (seven solos and a celebratory, end-of-book teacher/student duet).
imaginative illustrations and loveable lyrics that accompany the pieces tell an engaging story that will captivate your kids. View sample pages below:
2. Activity Pages
Interspersed throughout the book are activity pages to supplement the music. These activity pages include sight-reading exercises, rhythm drum drills, note reading games, note printing exercises, a timed test, and a Color-It Note Reading Mystery Picture. Here’s a sample of just some of these pages:
3. Warm-up Exercises
The Cat, the Mermaid, and the Soaking Wet Songbook begins with two pages of getting ready, warm-up exercises that students should perform at the beginning of every practice session to boost note-reading skills, coordination, and finger strength.
4. A Practice Tracker
Kids practice more often when they take ownership of their learning. At the end of The Cat, the Mermaid, and the Soaking Wet Songbook, students will find a practice tracker page where they can keep track of their hard work in a kid-friendly way.
5. A Certificate Of Achievement
Upon completion of The Cat, the Mermaid, and the Soaking Wet Songbook, students receive a Certificate of Achievement to reward their efforts. Simply cut out the certificate, fill in the relevant details, and present it to the deserving student.
Buy The Soaking Wet Songbook Today!
If you have a primer piano student who is in love with mermaids, unicorns, and all things magical you will definitely want to hop on over to Amazon right now and pick up The Cat, the Mermaid, and the Soaking Wet Songbook.
And don’t forget about I Dig Piano. If you teach kids who are obsessed with diggers and dump trucks they will love this book from Andrea and Trevor Dow’s Very Useful Piano Library.