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

Review: Right Brain Music

Do you have students that struggle with note reading?  Memorizing the names and positions of notes on the staff can be a tricky task for students, and finding the right way to approach it an equally tricky challenge for teachers. I was recently contacted by Alyssa from Right Brain Music, LLC, and delighted to learn about a new approach to note-reading that she and her … Continue reading

KMEA Conference Follow-Up

Edit:  Unfortunately, this session was cancelled due to inclement weather.  I’m still in Kansas City waiting on the snowplow to find our neighborhood instead of enjoying a day with colleagues in Wichita. 🙁  I had set this message to auto-post while I was on the road, and forgot to un-schedule it.  But… in case any of you might find use for the handout, I’ll leave … Continue reading

Music Alphabet Word Games

Learning grand staff note names isn’t anyone’s favorite part of music lessons.  It’s a long process that takes lots of repetition and patience… and a game or two along the way to spice that process up certainly never hurt!  Here are some more game ideas to add to your note name-teaching bag of tricks: These game cards may look familiar to some of you who … Continue reading

Musical Truth or Dare

Anyone up for a game of truth or dare?   Don’t worry… unlike the version of the game you might have played in junior high, this new musical rendition won’t require any red-faced confessions or pranks worthy of the principal’s office.   It will give you a fun way to review note names and intervals with your students!  This game challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge … Continue reading

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  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

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

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

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

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