This week cellist Wayne Krigger and I led a music workshop for a group of pre-k through 3rd graders. It started with a bang when I asked the kids to name a few composers and they came up with Beethoven and Michael Jackson. Not bad. Wayne played a few of my compositions, then we worked with the kids to compose a short piece. Basically we started with a major pentatonic scale (think the black notes on a piano) and had the kids raise their hands to choose the notes as well as some dynamics, tempo, etc.. The result was a lively little composition one of the kids named, fittingly, “Pancakes.” I wish I’d thought to video it, but I guess you’ll have to use your imagination. Or, better yet, find a piano or keyboard yourself and see what kind of fun you can have with the black keys. As for me, I’m off to listen to Beat It.
That is so awesome that you did that. And one of my favorite titles for a piece of classical music ever:)
Ha – yes, I think classical music could use some more titles like that.