Every animal’s biggest need is to find water. And animals, like the reindeer of Canada, sometimes have a hard time finding it in the harsh winters. “I Want Some Water” is a piece that practically sings itself. You’ll see exactly why it’s called “I Want Some Water” when the catchy tune gets stuck in your head!
This is the second in the Rote and Reading™ series about Canada. You can find the first piece here: Vancouver Island Sunset as well as find the African Adventure series here.
I Want Some Water comes with 2 bonuses to help students remember!
One of the challenges in teaching by rote is that students sometimes don’t remember exactly what to play when they get home. Of course, that is one of the reasons it’s important to also use a score…you can put little hints like writing in the note name at the start of a new motive.
But with I Want Some Water, you get two bonuses that will help you teach it and help students remember exactly how it goes:
- Two free mp3s (fast and slow version) that you may send to your students who are working on the piece. These two files come in your receipt with your purchase. Licensing only allows you to send it to students to whom you directly teach the piece.
- A version that includes lyrics. These lyrics have a special rhythm when you say them, so students can know which set of lyrics is first, which is second, etc., enabling them to remember the order of the piece. You can choose to use this version with them or the more clean, lyric-free version as well. But even if you don’t use the version with lyrics, you might want to familiarize yourself with the lyrics as they will help you to sing the piece while you teach it which will help the help the student remember it.
The Power of Rote and Reading™ Teaching
When you combine rote teaching with teaching to read music, students are much more satisfied with their progress and usually stay motivated longer. This is because kids can play music that is much more difficult than they can read. Think of the way kids learn to read. They first learn to “do” the language (i.e. speak it) before they ever learn to read it. In the same way, students best learn when we show them how to “do” the piano before they learn to read the notes. 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?