Purple Magic Lesson 10

 
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Lesson #10

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If your kiddo is getting good at their scales with each hand, have them give hands together a try. It's tricky because they will "pop the bubbles" at different times for each hand! Talk about a brain workout - they're getting so smart! Slow and steady...


A new skill we're working on in our beginning class ear training routine is finding F from C. They will be given C, then figure out where F is in their head. They would eventually be able to find any note from C, and that is what we call "relative pitch" - being able to find any note from a given note. Cool!

 
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

This familiar childhood song is a great way to learn about theme and variation. You can still hear the main theme in each of the variations, it is just sort of disguised in different ways each time. As we continue to study this song throughout the semester we will discover that it is ALSO written in our classical ABA form, and will help our fingers play in an extended C position.

 
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is one of the most popular English nursery rhymes. It combines the tune of the 1761 French melody "Ah ! vous dirai-je, Maman" with an English poem, "The Star", by Jane Taylor. 

It is often thought that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the original writer of this melody. Reinforced by its appearance as a "correct answer" in the original edition of Trivial Pursuit and "Snapple Facts" (among others), many believe that the song was written by Mozart when he was four or five years old. Mozart was this age at the time the original French melody was written. Much later in his life, he did write 12 variations on the original theme-- which we hear on our CD! Check out this parrot singing his OWN variation of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!