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Brahms’ Lullaby for Molly

[A note to add that this is not my original idea. Most beginner piano books start this way, although they soon move to the stave (notes on lines) and introduce chords. This does not suit Molly. I hope, by staying with this pictorial form, she will be able to play simplified versions of songs she likes.]

This is the popular Brahms Lullaby (Johannes Brahms “Lullaby” or “Cradle Song” Op. 49, No. 4) which most children know. I’ve drawn it for Molly, and she likes flowers, so there are dandelions, sunflowers and um… some pink flowers.

I recently tried Molly with some very big notes on the stave (lines) from a Primer Level book to see if she could read them, just middle C and D. But she wasn’t able it make a distinction between the two. So we will continue this way, because she enjoys it and it enables her to play many songs. She now plays Ode To Joy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Beauty and The Beast, although the last one is a bit harder and we are doing it in small stages. I try and get her involved, so we’ve written a few songs together about her farm and her breakfast – below – which was the very first time we did this! Molly liked it very much, so we continue.

That was on a piece of paper, but I’ve since graduated to an app called Sketches on my iPad, which I love using.

Molly’s mother is happy for me to document Molly’s journey, so I’m sharing some of what we do here. I’m glad that we have found a way that allows her to be engaged with music and enjoy playing her piano.

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2 responses to “Brahms’ Lullaby for Molly”

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    Joquithe Manricks

    Hi Joanna

    Loved the way you put this together for a special pupil. There are different ways to teach music and I love your creativity. I will pass this on to some other of my friends who have the patience to teach special children.

    Must catch up for a coffee and a chat, perhaps the next time you arrange to meet June.



    1. yes Joe, let’s try and meet when it’s safe to socialise again. Thanks for reading. Keep safe, keep playing 👍

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About Joanna

Joanna is British Australian. Her early career was in financial news in London. That ended in 2008. Joanna moved to Sabah, her parents’ birthplace, where she wrote a blog about musicians, which became a book. Joanna came to Australia in 2012 and started this blog — her second. These days, she writes mostly about music, her garden, and trips to Sabah. Oh, and Wookie the Havanese.

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