Alphabet Trail

Do you have new beginners in your studio this summer?  This colorful new game is just for them! I like to give my beginning students numerous opportunities to work with the music alphabet and ascending/descending patterns before they are introduced to music on the staff.   Diligent pre-staff preparation (especially on those pesky descending patterns) really pays off in the long-run. This game includes cards to drill … Continue reading

Build-A-Measure Rhythm Game

Here’s an update of an old favorite!   This Build-A-Measure Rhythm Game isn’t original to me – I picked up this idea years ago and have used it with my students at many, many group lessons. It’s a fun, simple way for students to drill rhythm values, and practice counting and clapping rhythms. Here’s how it’s played: To start, each student will need a time … Continue reading

Listening Card Race

Ah… summertime!  As I write this, I’m sitting on my back deck with my laptop, enjoying a little sunshine and fresh air, and a couple of weeks off of teaching before summer lessons start.   It’s nice to have a little bit of downtime to get back to some creative projects for the studio… and also have a chance to share a few of the … Continue reading

Easter Egg Melody Hunt

It’s group week here at my studio… which means I have new games to share!  I apologize for the lack of new posts as of late.  The last few months I’ve been juggling a rather hefty list of “to-do’s” as a teacher, accompanist and event chairperson for a couple of local associations.   Between those responsibilities and a wonderful trip to New York for last … Continue reading

Flashcard BINGO

It’s starting to feel like spring here in Kansas… which means that our annual theory exams are just around the corner!   At last week’s group lessons, we pulled out LOTS of fun theory games to review the theory concepts we’ve been learning all year.   Here’s a look at a couple of new BINGO games we tried out: Flashcard BINGO – Letter Names This … Continue reading

Accidental Adventure

It feels like it’s been AGES since I’ve posted a new game!  We’ve reached the time of year where my students and I begin preparing in earnest for spring theory exams, and that means it’s time for LOTS of theory games in our group lessons.   This month, a couple of my elementary groups needed to review a whole list of concepts related to accidentals … Continue reading

Get off the Bench! Workshop next Tuesday

I’d like to extend an invitation to all of my colleagues in the Kansas City area to join me for a workshop, hosted by the Kansas City Music Teachers Association this coming Tuesday, January 10th.   The session will be held at Schmitt Music (119th and Metcalf in the Rosana Square shopping center).  The business meeting starts at 9:15, with workshop immediately following.   Get … Continue reading

Piano Learning Center

It’s been awfully quiet around this blog lately!  I apologize for the scarcity of posts these last few weeks.   October is always the “busy” month of the fall for me – full of student recitals, festivals, master lessons and concerts.  You name it, and we’ve probably done it this month!! I’ve also had the opportunity to work on a couple of big projects for my … Continue reading

Tonic Tutor: Online Theory Games

  Do your students enjoy playing online theory games??  If so, you’ll want to check out this exciting new resource: Tonic Tutor is an online theory resource full of games to help students drill interval recognition, melody playback, scales, chords, note reading and more.    I have to admit, I hadn’t run across this fun new site until co-creator Christine Donkin contacted me last week, … Continue reading

New Floor Staff Games

Just in time for fall lessons… here are a couple of new games to play with a floor staff to drill note and interval recognition (these are way more fun than flashcards!).  If you don’t have a floor staff, check out this post and this post for some inexpensive ideas for making one.   Grand Staff TWISTER What kid doesn’t love Twister?    This musical version … Continue reading