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. 🙂

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 😉

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 I’m lucky enough to have lots of percussion instruments in my studio. 🙂 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 “percussion kit” “bell kit” “drum kit” – 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 mallets…if 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 🙂

  • 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…” 😀 😀

    • 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 🙂 Happy Halloween, Nicola!

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