Free Kids Sheet Music
This free kids sheet music, Dipping Donuts, was inspired by a Faber piano book exercise for flexible wrists.
Easy piano music, it's fun too!
Make a "Donut" or "Doughnut" shape
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Forming a donut (doughnut) shape with thumb and third finger, players press each note using a flexible wrist. They are pretending to dip the donut into a cup of milk.
Kids think this exercise is fun
I wrote Dipping Donuts to help remedy the stiff and collapsed wrist posture young kids so frequently fall into.
To my surprise, many of my students actually LIKE it (that doesn't always happen) and so I offer it to you.
This "dipping donuts" exercise was devised by the Fabers in their cute books for young children. When I have a new student learning their way around the piano keyboard, I ask them to go from A to A, or from B to B, etc. up the piano by octaves, using the dipping motion. More fun! (Check out the paper piano keyboards pdfs here, for keeping track week by week...)
It is a great exercise for a class of kids, because they enjoy the exaggerated flexing motions of the wrist and keeping in rhythm with each other. (We usually sing it together instead of counting.)
Easy reading of Middle C territory notes
Because both hands start on Middle C and the notes are each played twice, this is an easy song to read for any child who can read all the Snakes.
Even the last line, which ventures on down to bass C, is easily read by comparing it to the step-wise motion of Snakes. (You can't have too much review of Middle C. Many students will forget again and again that Middle C is the same note on the piano for both L and R hands. So tell them, over and over.)
The flexible wrist does not come easily
There is usually a tussle the first week or two trying to get the student to really "dip" their donut with a controlled wrist motion, instead of stiff-handedly "splashing" the donut into an imaginary mug of milk.
Also, some kids want to use the 2 and 1 fingers instead of 3 and 1. I insist on 3, because I think it results in a better rounded shape of the hand.
Try this free kids sheet music as a "count-aloud" song and also as a "say-the-notes-aloud" song. More fun if it is done in a group!
The link for the piano music pdf:
Download free kids sheet music Dipping Donuts
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Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.
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