A Piggy Pet is an early elementary Rote and Reading® solo with a teacher duet. This piece was written after a teacher told me about a student of hers who had a pet for a pig! “Wow! Wouldn’t it be nice to blame my room mess on a pig?” I thought. And so, “A Piggy Pet” was born. This piece provides yet another opportunity (like it’s complimentary piece, Dancing Cows) for students to experience:
Transposing. This is done in an easy and natural way by making it a part of the music. Most of the time when we tell our students to transpose a piece, it is done after the fact and is often overlooked as an “extra” by the student. But by putting the transposition in the piece, the student experiences as part of a fun piece, instead of as “extra work.”
Moving around – Kids will love that the teacher has to move at the end of the piece. They will feel much more empowered since they are taking over your spot and you are moving to the top! Make them wait for you though…that helps them learn to pay attention to other performers.
The story of A Piggy Pet
As a kid, it’s fabulous when you have a pig to blame! Messy room? It was the pig! The basement looks like a zoo? It was the pig, Mom!
A Piggy Pet comes with a bonus!
In addition to receiving the music and the adorable cover (we always include the cover for ComposeCreate pieces), you’ll also receive 3 mp3s of A Piggy Pet in a in a slow, medium, and fast (the performance) tempo. You can send these mp3s to your students to help them remember the piece during the week. But remember that they can play the piece at whatever tempo suits them.
A Piggy Pet teaching tips:
The most important thing in this piece is that the student learns to be comfortable moving around the keyboard. So, pauses between the RH and LH phrases are just fine. Don’t sweat these. In addition, I’d suggest teaching just the 1st verse one week. Let the student become comfortable with that before showing them how to transpose the piece.
The 2nd piece in the new Barnyard Fun Rote and Reading® Series
A Piggy Pet is the second piece in the new Barnyard Fun series. Dancing Cows is the first piece. Each of these pieces is a beginning Rote and Reading® piece is about a farm animal and can be taught by rote, reading, or both. In addition, each piece comes with a fun teacher duet. The pieces are designed to help young and beginning students get to know the piano keyboard.
If you have purchased all these pieces separately, just send me an email and I can get you the special bonus cover for the Barnyard Fun series when it is out.
Want to know more about Rote and Reading® teaching?
Teaching just by rote will sacrifice reading skills. Teaching only by reading can sacrifice the development of listening and the ear. But when you combine both reading and rote, you teach children in a way that is natural to their learning process. In addition, the rote pieces (which sound bigger and more mature) will motivate and excite your student while they are having to play more elementary sounding pieces because of their low reading ability.
Think about it this way. Kids learn to speak before they learn to read, so it is more natural for a student to learn to play notes before they learn to read notes on a page. For more thoughts on the value of rote teaching and how long it really takes a child to learn to read music, read: How Long Does It Take to Learn to Read Music?