Any Day Composing Sheets

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Pre-Reading Composing Sheet

Grand Staff Composing Sheet

Some teachers asked me for composing sheets they could use any time of the year, without a theme. I’ve made them for every season, but I’ve never made any that can be used all year. That sounded like a good project to add to my collection!

I made two sheets, one for pre-reading students who know finger numbers, and one with a grand staff in 4/4 meter. If you are new to these, the pre-reading version is for students who have just started piano and can’t read notes very well.  This gives them something fun to do with you at the lesson or in a group.  Students write their finger numbers or note names in the yellow starbursts.  When they change hands, they have to indicate RH or LH. The grand staff version can be used many ways but most young children write a melody divided between the hands. The reason I add the rhythm is to give some structure and speed the process along.

However, if you are looking for blank staff paper for your older students or yourself, I have many different kinds and sizes here. Check out the one with the clefs and measures already written.

Staff Paper Variety Pack

Staff Paper Variety Pack

If you use any of these sheets, it would give me just a lot of pleasure to see what the students wrote. Take a picture of it or make a video of your students playing and email it to me or post it on my Facebook page. Let me know if I have permission to post it!

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Father’s Day Beginning Composing Activity

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Fathers Day Composing Activity

Were you a Daddy’s girl? I was. I remember my Dad sitting at his desk working while I played the piano next to him for hours. He was a wonderful audience and always so supportive, never suggesting I take a break. Since I was usually making up stuff, that is pretty amazing! Back then, my parents were told that my hands were too “small” for piano lessons. Fortunately after several years of playing by ear, they tried again and found a teacher for me!

With Father’s Day in the summer, Dads are often left out when it comes to student-made gifts. So if you are teaching in June, here is a composing activity for a Father’s Day gift.

This music is actually a remake of the one I posted about 8 years ago. I updated the entire page and even changed the hand position.

As you can see, the left hand is not in Middle C position. I have found that if students get used to putting their hands in different positions from the beginning, they learn to read by intervals easier. However, every teacher is different so feel free to “white out” finger numbers.

If you’re new to beginning composing pages, here is how to use the pre-reading page – the one without a staff.

  • The student plays the part of the page that has words using finger numbers.
  • The student makes up a tune to fit the rhythm in the part with stars, using the rhythm above the stars. The last note should be C.
  • Students write the finger numbers of their melody in the yellow stars.
  • Some students also like to write words.

I use this as a way to introduce how to write a melody, so I instruct students to end on the key note, which in this piece is C. Encourage him/her to move down or up an octave. It is fun to discuss how Dads have low voices, so my students like to move down to the bass notes for the last four measures.

Writing music on a staff is difficult for children.That is why we break it down into small steps. Since the rhythm is given to them, they can concentrate on the melody.

Of course, students also love to doodle around and make up their own pieces, like I used to do for my Dad. I encourage my beginners to memorize these “compositions” because the music is usually beyond their abilities to write down.

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Templates for ready-made Certificate Paper

Traditional Certificates

Traditional Certificate With Lines – Write by hand on the lines.

Traditional Certificate Fillable – Type your text in Adobe Reader and print.

I found a really good sale on certificate paper, the kind with a traditional border where you write or type your own wording. You can buy it on Amazon or any office supply store.

I made 2 versions of a template for you. One has lines for writing by hand, and the other uses Adobe Reader to type in your preferred words.

These are very traditional looking certificates, so you can use them with older students and even adults. They are great for teachers who don’t have a color printer.

The “fillable” certificate has blue fields in Adobe Reader that appear if you click your cursor in the correct area. After selecting the field, your cursor will show you where to type your information. Adobe Reader doesn’t allow you to use your own fonts or to resize the fonts  at the time of this post.

I certainly hope I haven’t made any mistakes this time! If you find any, please let me know right away! Thanks!

 

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Music Certificates-Fillable and Blank Versions

 

Animal Alphabet Certificate2

Animal Alphabet Certificate Fillable

Animal Alphabet Certificate

CertificateCongrats1

Congratulation Certificate Fillable

Congratulation Certificate

Today I am posting four certificates with two different designs. Each design has two versions, “fillable” or “editable”, whatever you call them,  and blank with lines so that you can use them the old-fashioned way, with a pen! 🙂   [I fixed the missing “I” in the Animal Alphabet Certificate. Thank you for letting me know. I have bad eyes!]

The certificates that are fillable have blue “fields: in Adobe Reader that appear if you click your cursor in the correct area. After selecting the field, your cursor will show you where to type your information. Adobe Reader doesn’t allow you to use your own fonts and colors to fill out these forms at the time of this post. Do not save the form if you plan to use it with several students. Save it blank so you can use it again in the future. If you have any trouble, leave a comment here and I will try to help you.

If you can’t open these, be sure to save the PDF files to your desktop and print them from there. See my FAQ for more printing help. I receive hundreds of emails asking for printing help, so I wrote everything I know in the FAQ.

You might notice that the second set with the blue border and colored circles match the calendar and assignment pages I posted at the beginning of this school year. They also match the One Minute Club cards.

I made the Animal Alphabet set for students who use the piano songs I wrote to teach the notes on the staff. Here is the link to those songs: Animal Alphabet Songs

But since they are blank certificates, you can use them for anything: First Recital, Student of the Year, Music Achievement, etc.

Tomorrow or the next day, I am going to post a black and white certificate with no border. If you don’t have a color printer, you can buy some cute border paper and print a professional looking certificate easily.

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