Kerstin Strecke (*1961) Tio’s Book of Children’s Songs
40 German and European Children’s Songs for Piano in Very Easy to Easy Settings Illustration: Kerstin Strecke [pno]
44 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 241 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-18615-2 | Saddle Stitch
For several years, Tio, The Little Keyboard Man, has been looking over the shoulders of younger and older piano beginners as hero and helper. Used to complement schoolwork, the little Tio pieces help to recreate and deepen what has been learned in other contexts. Whether now as a single player or paired as a duet, whether relaxed at Christmas or bold in an expanded tonal space – Tio is always on the spot and has packed the appropriate music. After five volumes, a sixth and final volume will complete the piano series.
A Goodbye Song
For the sixth and closing volume of her Tio series, the piano pedagogue and artist Kerstin Strecke has compiled a selection of German and European children’s songs. Presented primarily as supplementary literature from the first piano lesson, the volume even includes several pieces in two levels of difficulty and for four-hand playing. Song texts are given in German or in their original language and freely translated into German. A table of contents of the songs, in English, can be found at the end of the volume, lovingly illustrated by the author herself. Small, interspersed additional assignments also support a first understanding of music theory in the young keyboard artists.
Singing and playing children’s songs together is great fun both for children and parents. Parents happily pass on beloved songs of their childhood to their children. Thus, for Tio’s Book of Children’s Songs the tried and tested have been chosen. But there are also lesser known songs as well as nice children’s songs from other European countries. The arrangements of most of the songs have been kept as easy as possible, enabling even the youngest players to master them effortlessly. Somewhat more difficult or four-handed pieces and little tasks provide variety. Some songs are offered in two versions (very easy, easy). In the very easy version, the melody is divided monophonically between both hands. Moreover, for several pieces, teachers find an accompaniment in the bass clef. As children like browsing, the pieces are deliberately not arranged according to difficulty, there are very easy pieces also in the back of the book.
My thanks go to all who have so considerately accompanied Tio during his many adventures. My special thanks go to Friedhelm Pramschüfer, Head of the Editorial Department, as well as to my editor, Barbara Neumeier. I would also like to thank choirmaster Guido Theis, who contributed with good advice and the idea to slice the apple with the children.
Have lots of fun, little keyboard lions!
Frankfurt, in Spring 2018, Kerstin Strecke