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Pony Over the Rainbow Practice Aid

If your students liked Stuck in the Tar Pits, try this one with your young girls. When I drew it, I was hoping to dazzle the girls with something they would really want to do, and so far my students have loved it. You will have to be the judge of what age girl in your studio will be interested, because all children are different. 

Play this the way you play the Tar Pits game. Start with a measure or short phrase that the student is having difficulty mastering. Place a small pony figure (or anything you have on hand) on the first cloud. If the student plays correctly, she gets to move to the next cloud. If not, she stays put. When she has moved 3 times,  “Melody” the pony, gets to land in the soft clover and join her pony friends in the background. The student will learn that if she plays slowly and carefully, she will play it correctly. It’s certainly a more fun way to repeat a measure!

For those of you who will want to know, I drew everything on this page myself and it took me forever. I used Photoshop with a Wacom tablet, creating my own brushes as I went along. If you are interested in more technical details, email me and I’ll do my best to help you out.

You will find the Pony Over the Rainbow practice aid on my website, www.SusanParadis.com. Look on the right side for the latest items I’ve posted.

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