OLD MOTHER WITCH
JUST IN TIME TO LEARN FOR HALLOEEN!
ANOTHER SONG FOR SUZUKI VIOLIN “PRE-TWINKLERS”
EASY TO PLAY
I have found it helpful to have a number of easy songs for beginning students to sing and then play before approaching the technical challenges of Twinkle. The following Kodaly based songs offer a good opportunity as they are songs kids know, have sung and played the related games in Kodaly classes. The first songs are played on only one string – each string is introduced separately in solfa, with rhythm and notes, then on the music staff. Later songs involve the string crossing which will facilitate playing Twinkle.
ROTE TO READING = SEQUENTIAL LEARNING
These simple songs are perfect for transitioning from rote to actually reading the music.
Included are rhythm and solfa pages (puzzles and worksheets) as review or to introduce the songs to
those who might not have learned them. After students are familiar with the solfa patterns they are encouraged to experiment with changing do, a valuable inner hearing exercise.
A sequential learning program is suggested, leading smoothly from playing by ear to learning rhythms and notes separately, then together and ultimately on the music staff.
TEACHING SUGGESTIONS - to encourage the transition from rote to reading and facilitate fingering on one string. Example below is for the E string. Follow the sequence for each string.
SINGING 1. By rote - Teach the melody. Sing and clap beat.
2.Rhythm - Clap the rhythm with the words. Read rhythm p.4. Ask questions (how many ta’s or ti-ti’s can you find? What does the “Z” at the end of the song mean? etc.) to encourage visual understanding of rhythm. Complete the p.5 worksheet.
3. Melody - Teach by rote using solfa syllables and then sing with hand signs, emphasizing phrasing p.6. Students in a circle, step in on first phrase out on second.
- sing melody with different dynamics and tempos, cueing with flash cards.
-join rhythm and solfa reading and singing p.6.
- play the puzzle card game with both rhythm and solfa cards pp.9-10. (refer to sample page)
Add pitch cards for the chosen string.
PLAYING - introduce melody first in solfa on the violin p.8. Play from puzzle cards.
- introduce melody on staff on E string p.16. Students write note names above notes on staff.
- play reading notes in E major p.16.
- continue the same progression with notes on A (pp.12 &17), D (pp.13 & 18) and G string (pp.14 & 19) for piano in C (pp.15 & 20)
Sample page 1
Song in A major with words 3
Song with the beats 4
Tracing rhythm worksheet for young students 5
Song with rhythm, solfa & handsigns 6
Song with rhythm & fingering on any open string 7
Song with solfa map, on any open string 8
Rhythm puzzle, solfa puzzle 9 & 10
Note name puzzles on E, A, D, G strings & C+ 11-15
Song on staff - E, A, D & G strings & C+ 16-20
Fun page: draw a witch for each string 21
Song on E & A, staff for teacher 22 & 23
Song on A worksheet fill in missing notes 24