Six-year-old Elliott sat down at the piano and started improvising on black keys when she arrived for her lesson. She was doing it so musically, I suggested we turn on the recorder and make up a duet together.
I really liked what she came up with, so I asked Elliott and her mom if I could notate the piece and share it. They happily agreed, and I’ve now taught it to quite a few young students. If you teach young beginners, maybe you’ll enjoy using it too.
I made a few edits to Elliott’s original improvisation, primarily to simplify it; but I left it mostly as she played it. I also added a repeat, asking the student to do a black-key improvisation for a second verse, then play up an octave the third time. Here’s a recording demonstrating that form of the piece.