I’ve been enjoying teaching several new beginning students this summer. When you mix the enthusiasm that comes at the start of lessons with all of the free time students have to practice over the summer months, it’s a recipe for success!!
Here’s a set of fun and colorful sightreading cards I made to use with my beginners this summer. These cards drill 2 skills that students are developing as they start to read on-staff notation:
- Find a starting note and finger placement
- Identify a pattern of steps and repeated notes on staff lines
When we use these cards, I ask students to start by playing the pattern in the middle of the keyboard, then move up an octave (for RH patterns) or down an octave (for LH patterns) and play the pattern again. We continue to move and repeat the pattern until they have reached the end of the keyboard.
There are 16 cards in the set (8 left hand cards and 8 right hand cards). I made 2 versions of the cards – a colored set I use on my iPad in lessons, and a set without the colored background that I could print and send home with students. You can download both versions from the Flash Cards page of this site, or below.
Bonus Note: You can also download the iPad version of the cards from a *new* iPad Resource page, found under the Teacher Resources menu. I’m planning to add several more resources to this page in the coming months – stay tuned!