The Seven Short Sight-reading Selections are intended for supplementing early elementary level piano lesson method books for any age. (Recordings are included in the wave format.) These melodies may be used for sight-reading purposes, to help reinforce musical skills already learned. With the belief that sight-reading materials should be musically interesting, these selections are to convey certain moods, such as joy, sadness, playfulness, etc. The titles are to help indicate the mood of the music. (See further information below about each piece.) Under each selection is a paper keyboard to help students know where to place his/her fingers in order to play the music, to avoid having to look at the hands while playing. Since these are 5- finger melodies based on 5-finger scales, the hands do not have to move around to other places while playing.
Rhythmic Notation range: From dotted half notes to 8th note pairs. All the selections are in 4/4 meter, some begin on the 2nd or 3rd beat.
Pitch Notation range: Based on 5-finger scales in the keys of: D major, D minor, D flat major, F major, F minor. (They are marked on the paper keyboard under each selection.)
In most of the music each hand is given equal and sometimes individual attention. The pieces are generally 8 measures long, although some have repeat signs. Here are the titles of the selections and their moods:
1. “Evening Prayer” - This selection is to convey a reflective mood.
2. “At The County Fair” - May sound like a question and answer conversation in a fun environment.
3. “The Coal Miner's Song” - This piece is in a minor key to help convey the underground work.
4. “Let's Talk” - This music is somewhat chatty.
5. “Copy Cat” - Imitation is prevalent in a follow-the-leader method.
6. “The Dancing Gypsy” - This music is to convey a folk music style.
7. “March” - Starts on the 2nd beat.
©2012 Bernice Holeman
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