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2017 One Minute Club Cards

One Minute Club 2017

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I’ve finished the 2017 One Minute Club cards. In the file there is also a chart to keep track of your students’ times, and a certificate that a lot of teachers request.

If you are not sure how to use this activity works, the idea is you show students flash cards and they “say and play” the notes on the grand staff in one minute or less.

Playing the correct key on the piano is important, because as you know, students can learn notes on flash cards and remain clueless when it comes to knowing the correct placement on the piano. This solves that problem.

However, we have to prepare students to learn how to do this. We can’t just present the cards one day and hope for the best. My students have been studying notes all year, and this is the culmination of all that work.

Also, you have to keep it light-hearted and fun. That is why this activity is better with older students who have developed fine motor skills and already have a good grasp of note names.

For students who struggle to learn note names, it’s better to wait until they are older, and then to gradually work up to this. I usually start with 2 flash cards. After they can do that, I start gradually adding more, but never so many that they are overwhelmed. They may need to wait a few years before they actually do the entire grand staff. However, I also included “Junior One Minute Club” cards if you want to reward your students who can’t manage to say and play them in a minute.

Here is a link to a video I made to show you how it works.

The cards, chart, and certificate are in the same PDF file. You will need to know how to print individual pages in a PDF. I print only the chart first to keep a record of students’ times. Later, you can print the number of cards and certificates you need.

There are 10 cards on the first page. It is formatted for “business card” perforated cardstock, but you can also cut them out. I put them in plastic business card holders and attach them to their music bags.

You might notice the design is the same orange-colored theme I used for the calendar at the beginning of the year. My students look forward to new art each year.

You can read more about how to run this activity on my blog at this link. One Minute Club

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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

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Congratulation Certificate Fillable

Congratulation Certificate

Today I am posting four Congratulations Certificates with two different designs. There are designs for younger and older 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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One Minute Club 2015

One Minute Club Pack2015

One Minute Club 2015

It’s time to post the 2015 One Minute Club Cards! This year’s set also includes two certificates, including one for the Junior One Minute Club. the junior cards are yellow.  There is also a handy chart where you can keep a record of their scores. Just remember to keep it lighthearted and fun!

Below is a video I made several years ago showing students of all ages giving it a try!

One Minute Club from Susan Paradis on Vimeo.

These cards are formatted for 2 x 3.5  perforated blank business cards. The borders in the cards extend past the cutting lines to aid in printer alignment problems. Make sure your PDF printer window is set to “actual size,” and you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader.

In case you don’t have any blank business cards,  I added short cutting lines for you to connect and then cut using regular card stock.

After students earn the cards,  I put them in clear plastic ID holders and attach them to their  book bag with a small chain. The next year all I have to do is insert the new card.

The last several years, I’ve increased the way I use this card with students who can identify note names, but are slow playing them.

  1. I use mini flash cards printed in different colors for the treble and bass clef.
  2.  First, I show the student the card and I identify it for the student, saying Bass C, Middle C, etc. and the student plays the key.
  3. Then the student has to identify the card the same way but this time he doesn’t play.
  4. Then we do just the space notes the regular way. When those are mastered we go on to line notes.
  5. I review steps 1 to 3 at every lesson.
  6. I have individual goals for each student who will be given the Junior Club Cards. But I want every child to be able to do at least the cards around middle C.

If you’re reading this and have no idea what the One Minute Club is, well, I’ve written about it extensively. For more information, use the search tab on the right, and type in One Minute Club or follow this link for last year’s post.

 

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