Teaching Ideas for ‘A Little Fable’ by Kabalevsky

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.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR TEACHING IDEAS

In the video below I share my teaching ideas for A Little Fable.
1. Phrasing
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.

GET A COPY OF THE PIECE

Boosey & Hawkes – click here
Schirmer Performance Edition – click here
Download from Sheet Music Direct – click here

DOWNLOAD THE STUDENT WORKBOOK & CARDS

Download the Student Workbook – click here
Download the Student Cards – click here

TEACHING IDEAS PROJECT

If you’d like to check out teaching ideas for other pieces of repertoire, click on the links below:

#1 – Rhyme Time by Elissa Milne click here
#2 – The Flying Trunk by Yvonne Adair click here
#3 – Watermark by Louise Chamberlain click here
#4 – War Dance by Dmitry Kabalevsky click here

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This blog post was written by Sharon Mark-Teggart | Co-Founder & Director of The Curious Piano Teachers

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