This solo viola piece is one of ten pieces found in “The Scampering Scarecrow” Viola Book. The Rhino And The Chimp is a musical story of the dialogue between the Rhino (exemplified in the piece by slow sustained melodies) and the Chimp (portrayed by the quick and lively rhythm). They travel through this make believe land of music, competing with each other, only to find that, in the end, they have many traits in common. The “Scampering Scarecrow Viola Book” is selection of ten solo violin pieces for young violists, representing the various seasons of the year, Fall, Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Every piece in “The Scampering Scarecrow” is highlighted with the scale in which the piece is written, along with the rhythms taken from the piece. This allows the teacher to present the rhythms, from the piece first, using a simple scale such as G Major or D Major.
The Rhino And The Chimp comes with its G Major Scale, as well as rhythmic examples which can be found in the body of the piece. This is an ideal teaching approach in that the students first, learn the rhythms from the piece with its major scale. The teacher can therefore concentrated on being certain that the rhythms are learned and comfortable before approaching teaching the solo piece.