Sightreading Pattern Cards – New Sets

Last summer, I created a set of pre-reading pattern cards to use with my beginning students.   The cards use simple 5-note patterns of steps and repeated notes on a 2-line staff, and encourage students to read by pattern, rather than note name.  We’ve really enjoyed using these in the studio through the year, so this summer I decided to add 2 more sets of … Continue reading

New Sightreading Resources

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 … Continue reading

Giant Sightreading Cards

I decided as I was doing some lesson planning last night that it needed to be a “fun” sightreading week in my studio.  Part of our weekly private lesson routine is to start each lesson with sightreading and/or technique.   Many students will be arriving at lessons a little stressed this week.  At school, they’re working on state assessments, plus in our studio we’re down … Continue reading

Boomwhacker Sightreading Cards

I’m VERY excited about a fun new toy I picked up for my studio last week.   I love using my set of Boomwhackers in lessons.   We pull them out frequently to make note flashcards more fun, or to “whack” out rhythms.   And with this latest addition, now we can use them to spice up our sightreading! With the XyloTote Tube Holder and … Continue reading

Shoot for the Stars Visual Syllabus & Incentive Program

The new school year has officially begun!  After a couple of weeks of much-needed vacation, my students and I started fall lessons last week… which meant it was time to unveil our new studio theme for the year:   For the last couple of years, we’ve tracked student progress using themed visual syllabus sheets that slide into the cover of each student’s assignment binders (you … Continue reading

Group Lessons: Planning Curriculum

Earlier this month, I shared a post about the administrative side of my group lesson program that focused on how I structure and schedule groups.  In this follow-up post, I’d like to share a little more about the teaching side of groups – what a typical group lesson includes, and ideas for adapting group activities to accommodate students of varying levels.      Group Lesson … Continue reading

This Is Your Brain on Music… Party Time!

We did it!  Thanks to many long hours of work throughout the school year, my students musicianship binders have gone from being blank slates:   to well-checked, stickered and tallied records of all they’ve accomplished this year!   As a part our “This is Your Brain On Music” incentive program, students earned Cranium Coins for each of the musical goals and tasks they accomplished through … Continue reading

New Scale Resources

I mentioned in a post earlier this spring that February was scale month in our studio (and as it turned out, March as well).   I’ve found that it’s easiest for my students and I to make it through all of our yearly musicianship goals when we place an emphasis on one or two things at a time, rather than juggle several things at each … Continue reading

Jump-Start Your January!

Do your students need a little extra motivation this time of the year?  Christmas (and Christmas break) is over, back to school means back to homework, the days are short and the weather is cold.  That can all add up to a case of the “blahs”… and not much desire to practice with a lot of heart or effort! Whether you use a long-term incentive … Continue reading

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