Saturday, June 30, 2012

Suzuki Saturday #2: Twinkle Rhythms

I like to think of myself as a "Creative Suzuki Mom"and not a "Tiger Mom", so I try to be a creative with piano practice. Our teacher uses these four phrases for our twinkle rhythms: Mississippi Hop Frog, Ice Cream Cone,  Run Pony Run Pony, and  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

First I made a spinning game:
Twinkle Rhythm Game

I quickly found out that my daughter doesn't really like spinner games.  
I hope it works better for you than it did for me!

Then, I found some of these great Post-it notes at Target.

Perfect for Twinkle Rhythms

Star post-it notes

On each star I wrote new words for the twinkles.  My little E Girl loves Harry Potter--so we made some Harry Potter themed twinkle words:

Twinkle #1: Harry rides a broomstick
Twinkle #2: Dumbledore
Twinkle #3: Ron Weasley, Ron Weasley
Twinkle #4 (Theme): 

Hagrd's Hut is big and round.
By the forest it is found.
With a garden on the side.
Giant pumpkins it supplied.
Hagrid's Hut is big and round.
By the forest it is found.

Of course, you can do it with anything: travel, food, friends, and of course other common known twinkle rhythm words.  When I concentrated on the twinkles, I found that her technique on all songs improved.  

1 comment:

  1. 2 of my nieces do Suzuki violin. I think they are on day 1,257 of straight practice. This is great for beginning players. =)

    Heather's Heart