L. E. ORTH
A Book of 60 Easy Compositions for the Pianoforte.
While a playful melody finds quick response in the child-mind, the notes that symbolize it seem altogether arbitrary and are a great bugbear to the little ones.
In teaching my own and other children piano playing, I have found it a great help to give with a melody some familiar words in the same rhythm.
No words are so dear to the child as the nursery rhymes. As versions of Mother Goose vary, I have set down the words the rhythm of which the music follows exactly. This identity of rhythm as well as similarity of spirit will help beginners in music, find response in the home circle, and be of use in the Kindergarten where the words can be repeated aloud while the music goes on.
What happier way to awaken the musical instinct than to associate with the nursery rhyme a little melody that expresses the spirit of the rhyme itself in all its childlikeness?
To do this, and to bring to the hearts of children, little and big, musical cheer and gladness, is the aim of this little work.