I recently made some handouts for the changes in the TMTA theory test. The first one here is for 3rd grade. The other two are some big changes in the 4th grade test. These basic theory concepts can be used for all music students, even if they don’t take a formal theory test. Click on the link below the image to print the tests. These can also be used on an iPad. Let me know if you find any mistakes!
Theory Stars New in the Texas Theory Test for Grade 4
Whole Step Half Step Stars
Binder Covers 2016
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.
Don’t like orange? You can always use last year’s blue binder covers.
Lady Bug Game Board
LadyBug Game Cards
This is one of my favorite games. It’s fast and fun and I think it’s a good game to play this time of year. I’ve revised it and remade the keyboard cards.
- I suggest printing the colorful game board on photo paper and then laminating it so the colors really come to life. It can also be taken to an office shop. MTNA members, use Office Depot/Max and receive a big discount.
- Before you print the cards, decide which pages you want to use. Please don’t print all the pages at once because the last page is the optional backs.
- Print on card stock. They do not have to be laminated.
- There are 5 pages of cards.
- Pages 1-3 are notes on the staff.
- Page 4 has keyboard cards.
- Page 5 is the optional back of the cards. After printing the cards on pages 1-4, insert the pages back into your printer to print the back of the cards. Please see my FAQ for a tutorial on how to do this.
- This game can be played with students or teacher and student.
- Each player has a token.
- The cards are placed face down next to the game board.
- The first player draws a card and moves their token forward along the path to the closest letter that matches the note on their card.
- The next player draws and moves in the same way.
- The game is over when someone draws a card that takes them to the last G or any note after the last G at the end of the path.
- There are many games you can play with this game board. Use your own ideas and I hope you have fun!
- To learn the music alphabet.
- To learn to recognize notes on the grand staff or keys on a piano keyboard.
- To reinforce learning steps and skips.
- Early childhood and elementary ages.
Why I like this game
- It’s fast, under 3 minutes, students always like it.
- Children learn faster if they are having fun.
- It’s a great game for beginners to learn piano key names.
- The game is so fast, you can play more than once.
Mothers Day Composing Activity
Originally posted in 2008, I’ve revised the art and words, and put both the pre-reading and on-the-staff versions in the same file. They use less ink, too. Print only the version you want and save paper!
If you have trouble printing these, please save them to your desk top or in any file and the file. If you subscribe to this blog, don’t try to print from the email that you receive from WordPress. Also, if you have upgraded to Windows 10, you might not be able to open my files unless you make some changes. Check out my FAQ for more help.
Some students take meticulous care in writing their melody. Others dash it off as just one more thing they have to hurry through! Some like to add words and others want to change my rhythm all around. It’s interesting to watch their reaction and it’s fine with me! My rule is that it has to end on the tonic to work with my melody.
If you’ve never seen this kind of composing sheet, here is a quick tutorial.
- Use any 5-finger position.
- Sing the first 8 measures.
- Clap and count the rhythm of the last 8 measures until they know it well.
- Students write in the finger numbers they want to use inside the flower pictures. Be sure to use pencil! A good composer is always revising!
- Optional: Laminate and add a bow as a Mother’s Day present!
- Follow the same directions as above, except students write their melody on the staff.
- Students who are more advanced like to write in chords or notes in the l.h. and melody in the right.
- Beginning students limit their melody to the right hand in C position.
- Explain a good sounding melody often will end on the 5th note of the scale in measure 12 and the tonic key note in the last measure. This is a great opportunity to discuss how to write a good melody.