In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we play a simple accompaniment for the "Itsy Bitsy Spider." This was a student request, so we hope you enjoy it!
Playing preschool classics like this this gives us even more practice associating the notes we’ve learned with the songs we like.
Because this song is well known, and because the bell part in the video is relatively easy, it’s a good time to encourage kids to sing the words of the song while they play an accompanying part on the bells.
This essentially is what most singer-songwriters do on piano or guitar, and being able to accompany yourself on an instrument while singing a varied vocal part is a great skill to have.
In “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” we
-Play simple rhythms with the notes C, D, E, F and G
-Focus on playing the bells (instead of hand-signs)
-Tried to sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” while playing simple accompaniment on the bells
The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Differences Between the Video & the Sheet Music
A great follow up activity for playing the simple accompaniment in the video is to play the actual melody using the sheet music from Songbook Vol 2. This works well for children who are comfortable with the simple arrangement and ready for something more challenging, and even works for children who love the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Even though the sheet music has more notes, a lot of the notes are repeated, so it’s not that hard to play.
When you’re reading the sheet music with your child, keep in mind that each gray box takes up the same amount of time. In other words, if there are two ‘C’s in one gray box (8th notes), those are played twice as fast as the one ‘D’ inside it’s own gray box.
Using the gray boxes with songs you and your kids already know, will help introduce you to different lengths of notes even if we’re not specifically talking about them in the curriculum. This will come in the next chapter, which begins Primary Prodigies, which is why taking a few minutes to practice the proper “Itsy Bitsy Spider” sheet music is a good idea.
In the next lesson, we’ll finish up Preschool Prodigies (Level 1 of Prodigies Music Curriculum) by playing the ultimate nursery rhyme classic, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!”