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Q: Who is Beethoven?

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) was a German composer and pianist.

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Little Composers Piano : Lesson 005

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Lesson 005 teaches our little composers one of the most famous melodies that have ever been composed. (See YouTube video at the bottom of this page) Take a close look at the notes. Do you see the little triangle above the F Notes? Let's take a closer look and find out what that means:

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image of the f and f sharp piano keys So far, we have only used white keys to play the lessons. This time, we replace the F key with the little black key beside it. The name for the little black key is the same as for the white key except that we add the word sharp to it.
The correct name for the new key is, therefore: F Sharp
Why are we using this new key?
Lesson 005 was composed by a very famous composer. He wrote this composition in the key of D. Later on, you too will compose in all kinds of keys but for now, it's best if you learn how to play this famous ocomposition.

For Mom

As always write down the note names (don't forget to draw a little triangle above the F notes!), open the app, record them and finally, touch PLAY and listen. It is very important that this pattern is followed every time because it builds up consistency.
Unlike the previous lessons, this one might take a little longer to master but the reward is also much bigger. Once your little composer has learned this lesson, reward her/him with this amazing YouTube video which has been viewed over 12 million times so far.

Flash Mob - Ode to Joy by Ludwig von Beethoven