Halloween and Spider Themes

This is a time for piano teachers to get creative

My daughter and I take our digital cams on our robust walks around El Cerrito and Berkeley. During one of these neighborhood adventures we spotted a beautiful two-tone spider weaving its web. Following the photo shoot, we did some spotty Internet research, and discovered our subject was a "Berkeley Garden Spider."

Its very special picture became the source of inspiration for a piano lesson.

Last year a few of my students learned Faber's delightful "The Crawling Spider," so I recorded the teacher part for you tube on one track, and separately captured the melody on another, inserting spider photos.

You might say I ended up playing a duet with my Mac.

Here's how it happened piece by piece.

Teacher Accompaniment:


Mac and Teacher plus spider pics:


From http://nature.berkeley.edu/~callobius/cbcstuff/common_spiders/big_spi_quilt.html

Araneus diadematus
Family Araneidae
"Cross orbweaver," "Garden spider"

"Another European invasive, this spider can become quite imposing in size and density in the late fall.  Makes a large vertical orb-web."


Ironically, the cute spider turned up in the alleyway of my apartment complex.

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