Written in a flowing 3/4 time signature, this work has the relaxing qualities of a warm summer day. A basic rhythmic pattern of a dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note and quarter note is used throughout the piece. Once students understand this rhythm, the entire piece will be manageable. The middle section offers a nice contrast to the beginning and end material. Students should make sure that the melodic line stays legato and flowing throughout. When the melody has sixths, the top note should be voiced well. Though simple, Summer Day flows well and offers opportunities for musical explorations.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow