I have some elementary students who haven’t learned 16th notes yet, so I didn’t want to use the Rhythm Circle I posted below. Now I can use this Rhythm Circle for 8th Notes.
Some students need to experience a new concept in different ways, and this is just one more way to explain note values. As I posted on my web site, this works best if it is a guided lesson, with the teacher explaining as the student draws. Later you can ask the student to fill it out with stems going down. Drawing stems with flags going down is usually a problem for students.
I decided my worksheet Rhythm Circle used too much ink, so I did it over this morning. I took out the background, which made it more interesting to look at, but not really worth it in a quick handout such as this. I also changed the colors some, because I was never happy with my choices.
I’m working on posting this same worksheet for younger students, using 8th notes as the smallest value. I’m going to do the same thing with Rhythm Grid. Many of us are starting new students at this time and we need some more elementary worksheets.
I had a request for sharps and flats to go along with the alphabet cards that I posted here. These didn’t take too long, and I hope they will be helpful. I don’t think I will put these on my website, so be sure and print them from this site.
I realized today that I’ve never put this Goofy Piano Card Game on my blog. It’s been one of the most popular downloads on my website. For those of you who already have printed this out from my web site, this is a rerun. But here on my blog it’s a lot easier to group thing into categories to make it easier for teachers to choose what they want.
I made this because one day I was thinking how I could get certain students to realize that it’s not enough to know that a note is “G”, but you have to know which G it is on the keyboard. Maybe that is a failure of my teaching because we play so many duets with the students moving up or down on the keyboard that they think any “G” will do. But at some point in their career they have to know the real deal, so I came up with these flash cards and then decided to make a game out of it.
Now I realize that just playing the game will not teach them where the note is on the keyboard, but when the game is over, you can take the cards to the piano and play some of the octaves. Even better, you can start off with the cards as plain old, boring flash cards and then whip out the goofy piano card and play the game. You can also make sets to give to students to play at home.
Although I have given some ways to play my card game, you can certainly make up your own rules. I tried very hard to make these the same size as regular playing cards. If you have trouble getting these to print out the right size, let me know.
I like the goofy piano graphic so much, I’d like to make a card game for younger students using the goofy piano card. Anyone have a suggestion for an easier game?
These cards are in different positions so students can learn to read steps and skips starting on any notes. I have found that when some students try to read by steps and skips, the stems often confuse them. Here they can just concentrate on the note heads. I plan to use these cards with students just learning to read by telling them which hand to use and which finger to start with. The idea is to make it as easy as possible so they will not develop a fear of sight reading. Clever teachers will probably come up with a lot of ideas and games to use with these cards. Please feel free to share your ideas with others.
In order to not have too large a file, these cards have only steps and skips. I will be posting some different cards in the near future with a combination of steps and skips.