I’ve Got Peace Like a River is a fabulous arrangement of the traditional spiritual. Pre-reading students use finger numbers on black keys to play the melody with the rhythms slightly simplified (if they can play the original rhythms by ear, they certainly may) while the teacher duet part starts with a flowing first verse and a contemporary chordal second verse. The student part is easily learned by rote if desired instead of reading. It is fun to play in the lesson, but is also effective in a worship service.
Key: F# Major (pre-reading black key)
Mood: calm and flowing
Pedagogy: Black key groupings, basic rhythms, ensemble playing