In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we play the once-per-year-per-person classic, Happy Birthday! This one of the few songs and melodies that features all 8 notes, and it’s a great song to practice because your learners can show it off as a “present” for grandparents, family and friends.
In "Happy Birthday" we...
-Sing with the hand-signs, colors and letters
-Sing along with the lyrics to “Happy Birthday”
-Hold out the very last note in a very epic fashion
-Start on the note G (like in Skidamarink), even though the song itself is in C (unlike Skidamarink)
When it comes to learning your first musical instrument, having a “repertoire” might seem like a high-minded idea.
As a parent or teacher of a young musician, however, it’s never too early to encourage your children to add new songs to their repertoire. In a practical sense, this just means memorizing the song, so that they can play it for friends and family.
Some young musicians will LOVE performing for their friends and family. Other more shy children, might not be as eager to perform in public. That’s where “Happy Birthday” comes in. By framing the performance as a “gift for grandpa's birthday” or something similar, you can help embolden your young performer to practice a little bit harder than usual.
Keep in mind this isn’t a super easy song, but it’s definitely manageable after a good deal of practice. These are classic characteristics of a good repertoire song. It should be impressive/difficult enough to impress people (i.e. NOT “Hello C”) but easy/memorable enough that playing it from memory is possible.
In the next lesson, we’ll play another accompaniment, this time to the "Itsy Bitsy Spider".