Dippy Skips is the third book in the DoReMi Piano series. It contains skipping melodies in three different keys, F major, G major and C major plus a clef-less version. The tonesets include d m s and drm s.
This book follows on from Crazy Steps and can be used as a creative supplement to any other method book.
Reading confidence using solfa or letter names
You can decide whether to use solfa, letter names or both with this book.
Each piece is notated in C, F and G major, with key signatures, which helps students understand transposition. It is up to the teacher whether they approach transposition via the notation, via the keyboard or a mixture of both.
Developing hands together confidence
Each piece can be played as written or you can “Go Dippy” by experimenting with different hands together activities. Depending on the level and confidence of the student you can play each piece with the opposite hand, both hands in unison, both hands in contrary motion, hold a tonic or tonic-dominant accompaniment. As the student develops in dexterity and confidence the options for accompaniment increase. As none are written in the book, the student and teacher have full control.
Composing and Exploring Tonality
Each piece is followed by a composition activity based on the structure of the piece played. This allows the student to explore minor tonalities without needing to explain the underlying theory. It’s an excellent resource for demonstrating how scale degree 3 can change the tonality.
The student can practise their handwriting by adding in the accompaniments (whole bar rests have not been printed so there is nothing to get in the way) and also notating their own compositions. You can decide whether to encourage the student to write the notation accurately or whether any representation of their creation is acceptable.
Understanding the concept of tonic and dominant
This is an excellent resource for introducing the terms tonic and dominant and how they behave when the tonality of the piece changes.