Sightreading Pattern Cards – New Sets

Pattern 2

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

KMTA Conference Follow-Up

Purple Treble Clef

Thanks to all of you who attended this year’s KMTA Conference!  It was a pleasure to share some new games and “hands-on” musicianship resources with you.  I hope you discovered some new things to try with your students this summer and fall. Click on the link below to open an electronic version of your session handout that includes clickable links to each of the games … Continue reading

Giant Playable Floor Keyboard

Big Keyboard Mat

Does anyone else remember watching this scene from the movie “Big” and wishing for a piano like this??? I’ve always thought that it would be REALLY fun to have something like that in my studio, so was very excited to run across this smaller 6′ version in a catalog earlier this year: I ordered one immediately!  This is called a “Big Keyboard Fun” mat, and … Continue reading

The Really, Really Long Music Game

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Already a little scared by the title of this post?   I’ve used this new game at group lessons for the last 2 months, and hadn’t really settled on a name for it until a student pointed out this month that the gameboard was “really, really, really long!”  Don’t let the title intimidate you – this is a super-versatile game that can pack a LOT … Continue reading

Student Activity Binders

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Every good pedagogy student and music teacher knows that it’s important to teach more than repertoire.   There’s lots of extra “stuff” that goes into a well-balanced piano curriculum.   Stuff like theory… and sightreading… and rhythm, technique, ear training, music history, improv, composing… and the list goes on!  During the month of July, I often find that my desk is buried under piles of … 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

Hand Position Drill

It’s the week before spring break here, and I noticed right from the start of the week that many of my students already have vacation on the brain.    (Not that I blame them – I do too!!)    It’s weeks like this that I find myself scratching my head and wondering what has happened to my studio.  Before Christmas I could have sworn that … Continue reading

Boomwhacker Sightreading Cards

Boomwhacker Sightreading

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