Even young kids can learn how to improvise the left hand, and they’ll be thrilled at how impressive they sound. I’ve created free printable sheet music for Away in a Manger and a video tutorial that you’re welcome to use with your students. Click the play button above to learn an easy pattern that creates a beautiful accompaniment to Away in a Manger.
You can print the sheet music for free by clicking on the image. Be sure to watch the video to learn how to use these.
This activity is sure to be a hit with your students. One of my students actually likes playing the accompaniment more than the melody! I’ve done this with kids as young as 5 years old. The only trick with really little students is to make sure they’ve got plenty of practice with scales and chords before you try this.
I created a fun system for teaching kids to play and improvise with scales and chords, and I start this system with most of my students on day 1–even the very young ones. It’s called Piano Magic and if you think it would help you, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter so that you’ll get the announcement when it’s available for purchase.
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