This playful toccata is a thrilling, yet accessible, technical piece for the late-elementary student. The combination of broken fifths and primary five-finger patterns makes it possible for young students to quickly memorize and develop technical fluency. I often reach for this composition when trying to find a smart-sounding piece for a young student.
"I've Gotta Toccata" at a Glance
Level: Late Elementary
Key: C Major
Tempo: With drive (half note = 84)
Hand-size limitations: A broken fifth is the largest span needed. Great for small hands.
-the short, contrapuntal B Section is tricky for most students to navigate. It may be helpful to write in a few finger numbers for additional guidance and quicker mastery (m. 10-14).
-students should be careful to not let the RH accompaniment become too heavy (m. 4-6)
-would be a great piece for rote teaching due clear and repeating patterns.