I love sitting down with a piece of music, digging deep and surfacing a few hours (or days!) later with fun teaching ideas and resources. Today I want to share with you my teaching ideas for ‘A Little Fable’ – a cute little piece from Kabalevsky’s collection 30 Children’s Pieces Op.27.
According to the Oxford Dictionary a fable is “a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral”. Children (usually!) love animals – so using the title of the piece for inspiration is a great starting point.
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In the video below I share my teaching ideas for A Little Fable.
2. Aurally identify musical concepts
3. Identify specific musical concepts
4. Write the ‘missing bits’
5. Create a short story
Also, have you ever suggested to a student: “Imagine how your bass line would sound, played on a bassoon”? In the video presentation I also illustrate how you can use an amazing (and free!) online resource on the Philharmonia Orchestra’s website where their expert players illustrate and demonstrate their instruments. Click here to access this fabulous resource from the Philharmonia Orchestra to help students learn more about other instruments. This can help students use more colour in their own piano playing – by having a deeper experience of the timbres of different orchestral instruments.
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This blog post was written by Sharon Mark-Teggart | Co-Founder & Director of The Curious Piano Teachers