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Halloween Toccatina

By Scott Camp

Piano Solo, Easy Piano - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Scott Camp. Method, Repertoire, Technique Training, Activities and Games, Halloween. 2 pages. Published by Scott Camp (S0.266601).

Item Number: S0.266601

2nd and 3rd year piano students get to have fun with Halloween music, and prepare to play classical repertoire. This piece introduces techniques used by Dmitri Kabelevsky in his well-known "Toccatina".

Kabelevsky's Toccatina exploits 1st inversion triads, and this piece creates the perfect opportunity to introduce the concept of triads and triad inversions. As a teacher, I propose that successful performance of triad inversions is likely the difference between students who will succeed and those who won't.

These individual songs are also available in collections:
Best Halloween Piano Collection for First Year Students
Best Halloween Piano Collection for Second (and 3rd) Year Students
Best Halloween Piano Collection COMPLETE for First, Second (and 3rd) Year Students


Traditional piano pedagogy allows the possibility of playing the correct notes, but with incorrect fingering. The best piano teachers have never allowed this, but in many cases, so much time is wasted discussing and fixing these problems that all enthusiasm and momentum is lost for the student.

What's needed is a new symbol that communicates clearly and immediately to the student what is being demanded by the music: not just notes, but also fingering.

Elementary students who grow with the "V" system of hand positions move more quickly through their repertoire, because they don't waste as much time "fixing" problems, or worse, arguing with their teachers about why an awkward fingering is not allowed, even when they have correctly "figured out" the correct notes.  


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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 2

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2018-09-04 17:04:48.0 Credit due to composer

    This 12 measure piece begins with 4 measures (37 notes) identical to the beginning of Kabalevsky's Toccatina (except for omitting 2 notes in the original). The other 8 measures are closely derivative. With that much quoting, it should properly be credited as Kabalevsky/Camp, rather than composed by Camp...

    and merely "introducing techniques used in" the original. Didn't give one star because I think the intent is good - allow students who can't play fast chromatic triads yet to still have a go at the main theme of Kabalevsky's piece.

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