Saturday, March 23, 2019

Primary Chord Progression Songs with I and V chords

One of the teaching goals I have for my piano students is for them to eventually be able to easily play hymns. The steps in my hymn playing curriculum begins in the early stages of lessons before students can even play hands together. Playing left hand chords early on as they sing familiar melodies allows them to hear the harmonic framework in songs, and it is also motivating as they aren't limited to just thin single note melodies like "Hot Cross Buns" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Teaching Piano Chords I and V Tonic and Dominant Chord Songs Primary Songs

 The online Children's Songbook interactive music player allows you to transpose the key of the piece to suit the level of your student and the chord letters written in above the music guide them to know the order of chords even if they aren't reading notes fluently on the staff yet.
1.  I begin with my version of "Fun to Do,"a song that is often sung by the children in the Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in primary. We sing "Singing with Chords is fun to do..." while accompanying with I and V root chords in C Major. Young children can just play the "chord shells" (outer 2 notes of the chord) if playing the middle note is too difficult.
2.  Next I teach by rote the G 1st inversion chord which eliminates the need to hop the hand around as they can instead just slide (or melt) their 3rd and 5th fingers down one note to play the G chord.
3. Once they can easily transition between the I and V chords, they apply that knowledge to songs in other keys.
Primary Songs with only 2 Chords  Teaching Piano Chords
Following is a list from the Children's Songbook of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with only I and V chords.

Key of
Fun to Do  Lyrics "Playing with Chords is Fun to Do!"
Springtime is Coming

Wise Man and the Foolish Man 281
It's Autumn Time 246

Here We are Together 261
Healthy Wealthy and Wise 280
Rain is Falling 241
Falling Snow
Hello Friends 254

In the Leafy Treetops 240
Our Door is Always Open 254

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