Little Roguish Clown
By Earl Ricker
Playful rhythmic elements — quarter rests for downbeats (mm. 2, 4, etc.) and a teasing pause on a fermata (rn. 25) — give this lively piece its impish quality.
To get acquainted with the music, students may clap and count main rhythmic patterns. A student and teacher (or two or more students) may then play alternate measures, answering one another back and forth.
Shifting fingers and hand positions help students begin to develop agility.