Halloween Resource Round-Up

Looking for some fun Halloween-themed games and activities to use with your students this month?   Here’s a quick reference guide to all of the Halloween resources and game ideas available on Pianimation.com.  Enjoy! Games Pumpkin Patch Steps & SkipsTurn your studio floor or floor staff into a giant-sized step and skip game Build-A-Skeleton Interval Challenge A Halloween-themed game to play with interval flashcards Major-Minor Dash … 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

Top 10 Posts of 2011

Another new year is upon us!  As we draw to the end of 2011, I want to say a big “thank you” to all of my online friends and colleagues.  It is such a blessing and inspiration to be a part of such a creative community of teachers.  Thanks for sharing all of your feedback and ideas!   Just for fun… here’s a look back … Continue reading

Thought for the Week

I ran across this quote last week, and thought it was a perfect sentiment for all of us as we wind down another semester: “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~William Blake Sometimes, in the middle of all of the teaching and learning we try to cram into our students’ years, it’s important to remember to fit in time to enjoy all … Continue reading

Christmas Resource Round-Up

Are you looking for some fun Christmas-themed games and activities to use in lessons and group classes this month?  Or something new and different to keep your student engaged and motivated through these last few weeks of the semester?   Over the last couple of years, I’ve posted a number of Christmas games, worksheets and resources.  You have to do a bit of hunting through … Continue reading

Christmas & Winter Composition Starters

Reader Bethany Ostler wrote to me this week and gave me permission to share this fun winter-themed composing worksheet she created: Students can choose an idea from the sheet and use the lyrics given to create the first line of a composition, then add several more lines of their own.   Some students might also choose to use the ideas as an inspiration for a … Continue reading

Trim the Tree Game

It’s time for Christmas games!  This week is the last group week of the semester in my studio, and we’ve been doing all of our theory with a holiday twist.  Here’s the first of several games and activities I created for this month’s group. Trim the Tree is a simple game to drill note identification.  Students get a stack of ornaments with pictured notes, then … Continue reading

Great site for Halloween Resources

As I was working on putting together lesson plans over the weekend, I ran across this fantastic site that has a TON of Halloween-themed songs, games and activities: In addition to Halloween, there are several resources for upcoming months:  colored leaves cards I’m planning to use next month, and also some Christmas activities. There are also a number of “anytime” games to play with your … Continue reading

Pumpkin Patch Steps & Skips

Here’s another simple elementary theory game for Halloween week.   My elementary groups are reviewing steps and skips this month, and I came up with the idea to turn my entire studio floor into a gameboard… with a holiday twist. I picked up a package of black paper plates from the party aisle at my local store, and taped a pumpkin graphic on each one … Continue reading