Well, at least I tried to make it fun! The one with the words in the center is an activity my students love for me to make. There are lots of words of summer activities mixed up with theory vocabulary, and students circle all the music words. If you have time, on the back they can group the words into categories, like dynamics or rhythm. You might want a music dictionary handy.
I made black and white as well as color versions. As a reminder, if you only use this with one student at a time, teachers often put it in a sheet protector to use with wet or dry erase markers. That makes it easy to store in a binder. Other teachers like the B&W versions because students like to color them and they cost much less to print.
I made these as a summer activity and since we have a few more weeks of summer, I hope you can use them! I also think you can use them as a back to lessons/school activity.
They are all free downloads and match the series of Summer Treats Activities that I’ve made so much material for over the years.
If you are looking for a game with vocabulary words, check out Music Memory Level 5B as well as all the levels here. Students really like memory matching games.
It was a year ago that I made my first “editable” PDF document, in the form of a binder cover. I think teachers liked it, so I made one for this year, too. I use them for my own students, and I want to share them with you again.
You might notice these have the same design as the calendar I posted a few weeks ago. I put them on the front and back of my students’ binders. All of the students get the calendar, but my younger students get the staff with notes and the older ones get the key signature chart.
There are 2 pages in the file I’m posting. Only the first page is editable, fillable, or whatever I should call it! Every time I see editable, I think edible and get hungry! 🙂
Being editable means you can personalize it with your own text. There are 2 places on the page you can personalize by printing any text that will fit into the space. Instead of “Piano Binder” you could type “My Music Notebook” or whatever fits.
Only want one of the 2 pages in the file? I explain how to print only one page in my frequently asked questions.
Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you use to print all of my material.)
On the first page, click your mouse about 2″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Jonathan.)
A light blue text field box with a blinking cursor in the middle will show up where you should type. The blue box will not show up when printed!
Type your text in the box, adjusting your wording to fit.
Repeat about 9.5″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Piano Binder.) Type text in this box also.
I formatted the blue text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.
Can’t open the PDF files? Check out my frequently asked questions from the menu bar above. Teachers have reported problems with the Windows 10 Edge browser and use Chrome or Explorer instead.
Songs I Already Know is a collection of 10 well-known children’s songs arranged for young beginners with lyrics, duet parts, and hand drawn illustrations. The melodies are written in a variety of 5-finger hand positions on or near middle C to encourage children not to associate a finger with a certain piano key.
Duet parts for parents or older siblings!
Each student part is complete with a primer level melody divided between the hands and lyrics. But there is an optional, easy accompaniment for each song. Parents and siblings often have trouble reading two hands on one staff, which is how most teacher duets are written at this level. However, the accompaniments in Songs I Already Know are written on the treble and bass staves like regular piano music, which makes it easier for parents and older students to accompany the melody.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Down by the Station
London Bridge is Falling Down
Eency Weeny Spider
Are You Sleeping
Hickory, Dickory Dock
It’s Raining It’s Pouring/Rain, Rain, Go Away
Do Your Ears Hang Low
The Farmer in the Dell
This is a great book for sight reading, students who are not ready to go on to the next level, or a supplementary fun book. It’s fun because most students are familiar with the songs!
Check out this book in the Store section to see samples of the songs. Thank you for supporting this website by donations and purchasing music!
This is a studio license, so a single teacher can make unlimited copies for years of playing.
If you want happy parents in your piano studio, keep it well-organized with a good calendar so that parents and students know well in advance what is coming up! I put it on the front of their binder and also email it to parents.
The calendar is designed for you to type your studio events in the center. I suggest you put dates for:
Festivals, including sign-up deadlines
Days your studio will be closed
Group lesson dates
Deadlines to memorize music for events
I have some good news for those of you who like editable files! For the first time ever, this calendar is editable in Word as a .docx file. You can even edit the “Calendar of Events” title. Open the file in Word or another word processing program and place your cursor in the table and type your information. Use Times New Roman and a 10 pt font size to match the style of the calendar. The borders of the table are there as a guide and will not show when it is printed. You will have to download this file and open it in Word and not open it in your Chrome.
If you don’t use the editable Word docx file, here are some suggestions on how to personalize and print your calendar. You will be printing in the center of the page. Since every printer is different, figure out how to insert the page back into your printer in order to print in the blank space in the center.
I advise you to set your margins to:
Left – 2.3
Right – 2.3
Top – 1. 5
Bottom – .5
If you have trouble downloading the PDF files, please check my FAQ because everything I know to help you is listed there!
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