Theme and Simple Variations on Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Hot Cross Buns. Written for beginning or very early-intermediate clarinet players (unaccompanied). Range is set to encourage skill development in the low register (down to low G), but each one features at least one above-the-break variation (from D in the staff to B above the staff using the same fingerings as one of the low register variations + thumb).
Pick and choose variations to create a short feature on a first-year band concert, or use these variations as an example of something they could create on their own during a unit in composition. If nothing else, it is a simple, yet fun way to work on below-the-staff ledger-lines, accidentals, time signatures, rhythms, and the upper-register, and even a little room for improvisation.