Perry's Party Piano Camp

Perry's Party Piano Camp


Dive into the nitty gritty of the tune sung at every birthday party and mine it for unforgettable teaching moments. The colorful resource for private or group instruction is packed with plans to help students master an original arrangement. It features curriculum for at least four camp days, 2-6 hours each.

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Here’s a colorful, downloadable PDF resource that

  • Helps you guide your students of any age to make their own arrangement of “Happy Birthday” in preparation for the next birthday party they attend.

  • Provides step-by-step instructions on how to do this in private lessons OR in a group setting.

  • Amplifies these steps into four days (or more) of group lessons or a summer camp.

  • Includes indoor and outdoor off-bench activities to reinforce concepts like scales, intervals, chords, rhythm and harmonization.

  • Demonstrates how to teach the main concepts with instructional videos.

  • Shows how students apply the instructions to their own playing through numerous videos.

  • Suggests an ample supply of recommended resources but, encourages you to use what you have already!

Could be easy sell to parents

Announcing a theme around this standard tune is a great way to “sell” the idea of summer lessons or a piano camp to those skeptical parents.

Who wouldn’t see the value in learning this tune?

Make a party out of “Happy Birthday” and aim for students saying:

“Where’s the party? I’m ready!”

The details

Although the plans are divided into four days, you can tailor the activities to suit your needs over days, weeks or months.

Main Objectives 

  • Play the tune “Happy Birthday” by ear and memorize it.

  • Harmonize the tune with at least three primary chords and a simple left hand pattern.

  • Add an introduction and an outro or coda.

  • Create and master an original variation of the tune.

Additional Objectives

  • Reinforce pitch reading.

  • Recognize major, minor and perfect intervals aurally and visually.

  • Spell and play major scales on C, F and G.

  • Understand the I, IV, V chords and their symbols in the key of F.

  • Master hearing and reading rhythm patterns with dotted notes in 3/4 meter.

  • Develop ensemble skills.

  • Harmonize a melody.

  • Extend the options for left hand patterns and harmonization.


A breakdown of the objectives for each day that can be suited for private or group lessons.

Day # 1 

  • Sound out the melody,

  • Identify the look and sound of major, minor and perfect intervals,

  • Spell major scales.

Day #2

  • Match primary chords with melody to add harmony.

  • Name and spell primary chords and their symbols.

  • Play single bass note with melody.

  • Play chords in root position with melody.

Day #3 

  • Discriminate between 3/4 and 4/4, identify upbeats and count and play dotted notes.

  • Identify and find examples of tunes in 3/4 time.

  • Understand note values: whole, half, dotted half, quarter, dotted quarter, 8th, dotted 8th notes.

  • Understand duration and location of note values within a measure.

  • Conduct in 3/4 time and 4/4 time to reinforce upbeats and downbeats.

  • Slide between chords (using inversions) to reduce LH jumps and avoid running into the melody.

Day #4 

  • Create various LH styles to harmonize the melody.

  • Correlate chord choices with melodic pitches.

  • Choose and add a LH accompaniment pattern to the melody.

  • Add an introduction based on the V or Dominant chord.

  • Add an outro or coda based on the I or Tonic chord.

Make lessons a party and…

Happy Birthday!

This is a STUDIO license so you can make copies for your students but, please do not share copies with other teachers.

Please share this link with fellow teachers so their students can put a twist on Twinkle, too!


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