Ghosts On the Stairs
By Earl Ricker
Students create the mysterious sounds of "ghosts on the stairs." The right hand's melody tones "wail" as the student silently holds down matching chords in the left hand.
Along with providing Halloween fun, Ghosts On the Stairs also offers practice toward melody/accompaniment balance, where chords play more quietly as background.
After students play this piece as written, let them use chords and melody tones in various keys to create their own "haunted" music.