The entire eight measures of this piece have only one melodic line and no harmonies. Students can practice staying legato even when the melody passes between the hands. Articulation takes an important role, giving the piece its perky character. The subtle dynamic changes also add interest. Teachers should be sure to explain how to play accents as well as tenutos.
Mikrokosmos is available through Boosey and Hawkes.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow