Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat

How’s your week going? I bet that some of you are prepping for Halloween recitals this weekend! (Or maybe you’re starting to prep Christmas music.) Whatever you’re doing in your studio this week, I hope you’re all having fun. 

Check out this fun video my student and I made last night. We’ll call this rendition of a familiar tune “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat.”

Last week Abbey had told me about her bells, so I invited her to bring them into the studio for a little extra fun duet work. Later in the lesson she learned how to play an improvised solo version on the piano. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, Abbey’s not the only one who learned this song this week!

(But she is the only one who brought a glockenspiel. Now I really want one.)

I’ve used this activity with almost all of my students this week.

How’s that for lesson planning?

Last week I gave all of my students some prep materials: the minor Circle of 5ths pentascale chart and a sheet of Halloween warm-ups. This week we’re transposing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” into “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat.”

It’s been a fun activity everyone, and prep was easy. All I had to do was find  a free lead sheet of the song and print out a bunch of copies. (Maybe someday I’ll make a fancy looking version here. Another project for another day.)

Here’s How We Used It: 

  • Littles learn about the minor 6 and the minor 3 while playing the melody by rote or from a simple lead sheet.
  • Middles add simple a LH accompaniment, either in root position or inversions.
  • Bigs learn to use different rhythmic patterns in the LH and embellishments in the RH. Or I make them transpose it into different keys ๐Ÿ˜‰

Interested in trying this out? Get started by teaching your students to play their minor pentascales. Download this free Circle of 5ths Chart . screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-9-54-18-am

Be sure to check out my other Halloween posts about Halloween GearMinor Vocal Warm-Ups, and Halloween Games!

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4 Comments

  • by clterhune Posted October 26, 2016 12:00 pm

    Hi Sara!

    I teach percussion so Iโ€™m lucky enough to have lots of percussion instruments in my studio. ๐Ÿ™‚ My piano students definitely enjoy playing on them for a change and wonderful duet opportunities. In case you decide to purchase one, you can usually find used bell kits on craigslists, almost any time. Try searching for โ€œpercussion kitโ€ โ€œbell kitโ€ โ€œdrum kitโ€ – Yamaha or Ludwig are both good brands and you could probably find one for about $100. It will probably come with a stand for the bell set, and a drum pad or snare drum. It may or may not include the bell malletsโ€ฆif you find one some day and need suggestions for bell mallets, drop me an email, I would be happy to help you find something.

    Thanks!

    Cindy

    Cindy Terhune Percussion & Piano Lessons http://www.TerhuneMusicStudio.com clterhune@mac.com 608-772-6638

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    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted October 26, 2016 12:02 pm

      Hi Cindy! My student mentioned that her bell mallets were at school — they probably made a much nicer sound than the drum sticks! I’ll be in touch when I’m ready to buy a kit — thank you so much for the info and comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  • by ColourfulKeys Posted October 31, 2016 3:29 pm

    Thanks for this gem of inspiration Sara, I took the idea and used it with Old MacDonald today. “Old MacDonald had some zombies…with a ugh ugh here…” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted October 31, 2016 10:31 pm

      That is too much fun! “Ugh ugh here… and an ugh ugh there!” I bet the giggling was great ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Halloween, Nicola!

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