Category Archives: Pre-reading

New Pre-reading Autumn and Halloween Sheets

Leaves Are Blowing and What Will I Be on Halloween are (free) beginning pre-reading pieces for young piano beginners. Years ago I published the companions to these pieces which you can find at this link: Free Halloween Music for Beginners

The originals were for the left hand and I never got around to making matching pieces for the right hand. Thanks to a reminder from a reader, that has been fixed now!

This set of pre-reading pieces not only help beginners learn the groups of two and three black keys, which of course, is essential if students are going to learn the names of piano keys, but they are also beginning composing pieces. In order to compose, students need to use their imagination and have a vision. I think it is safe to say composers get their start improvising and doodling around.

What I would like to see is students get carried away playing what they “will be” or how blowing leaves might be expressed on the piano. Sometimes teachers and parents get frustrated with students playing around on the piano and not practicing their assigned pieces.  But as long as there is a balance, who knows what budding Beethoven we might be cultivating!

Don’t forget you can save ink by printing only one copy and saving it in a sheet protector. You can also download these into your iPad to save on printing.

You have posted on Facebook and emailed me such precious videos of your students improvising and having fun! I hope your students have fun with these!

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Easter Games, Worksheets, and Music

With Easter almost here, I thought I’d list some of the material I’ve posted on my Easter page. You should be able to click on the image and get the file. If it is a game, it should take you to the page that has instructions. This is all material that I freely share. There is no sign up and no strings attached.

Please let me know if you find any broken links. I am still working on organizing things so all the bugs aren’t worked out yet! If you see something that I have left off of the Easter page, please let me know.

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Some Thanksgiving Music

Easy Thanksgiving Music

I  have a lot of easy sheet music that can be used for Thanksgiving on my website. All of these are primer (beginning level and on the staff in 5-finger position) unless noted. They are short and can be used for sight-reading. Some have duets and can be used in programs.  These are all free downloads I made for my students. You don’t have to sign up or subscribe to anything to enjoy them. I use these to remind students why we celebrate Thanksgiving and how much we have to be thankful for. Click here to go to the Thanksgiving page. 

Father We Thank Thee For the Night

Bless Us O Lord, and These Thy Gifts That We Receive  Here is the easy duet part for this. Click here for a pre-reading version for beginners. 

All Things Bright and Beautiful

American the Beautiful

All Creatures of Our God and King

Hurray, Thanksgiving Day – Pre -Reading

Hurray, Thanksgiving Day – on the staff

Here are the two composing activities for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Thanks Pre-reading Version

Thanksgiving Thanks  On-the-staff Version

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Fun With Frogs: Fingers and Hands

Fun With Frogs-Fingers and Hands

Fun with Frogs: Fingers and Hands

A teacher emailed me the other day asking if I have anything on my site for new students to use during the summer.

Well, it just so happens I have a young student who will be starting lessons this fall. So I have been working on a giant bundle of kindergarten through 2nd grade fun sheets. They can by use by students before they begin lessons or at their lessons.  All of these lessons use a frog theme. I’ve used Mr. Frog before, but this time I’m adding a lot more. My goal is to touch on everything a new student learns in the first few lessons, as well as some note practice for students who need it.

My young students love Mr. Frog and his friends Miss Frog and Freddy. The frogies love to hang around their pond in flip-flops and practice stepping and skipping on the lily pads. They travel, too. They were recently seen in the English countryside, where they were busy working on UK versions of their rhythm sheets. They have finally learned crochets and minims, but they are a little confused about demisemiquavers!

You might notice that I’ve posted some of these previously. However, they have all been updated with new matching fonts and in some cases, I drew new art. I tried to minimize the ink but still keep them cute. I’ve used red for the right hand and blue for the left hand.

Today I am posting the first 4 pages, which focus on finger numbers. Here are a few ways to use them:

  • Email them to your student’s Mom so she can work on these during the summer.
  • Use them at with as a Frog theme for summer lessons.
  • Use them at summer music camps.
  • Use on an iPad or mobile tablet.

If you think of any other ways, let me know!

I plan to post more frog related activities including the UK rhythm ones, so stay tuned!

 

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