Today I worked with Year 2 children using the on-screen piano in 2Play. Since it can be played by pressing certain letters/numbers on the keyboard, I always spend a session teaching them how to play nursery rhymes on it by giving them this sheet I've created explaining what letters need to be pressed to play each tune:
Now being honest, I've done this lesson a few times now and it's one of those that I know 'works' and so doesn't need much changing - the children love learning to play the tunes by themselves and realising how easy it actually is to do with just a bit of practice.
This afternoon however I was absolutely stunned when one child decided that she didn't want to play any of the tunes I had carefully spent a good hour or so converting into computer keyboard-friendly language - instead she wanted to show me how she could play the EastEnders theme tune on it! Having done this lesson before and felt there was little I could do to improve it I leapt at the opportunity to take it in a new direction. Thus followed a few minutes of us both matching the keyboard letters to the piano keys she knew, writing it down and then sharing it with the others for them to play.
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A completely unexpected event, but one which we all loved the results of - just brilliant!