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Flowers Recital Certificate

Flowers Recital Certificate Editable

Flowers Recital Certificate – Fill in by hand

Last week I posted a new cover for a folded recital program. I thought it would be nice to have a recital certificate to match! I know what you’re thinking; the flowers will be great for some students, but for other students, this is not a good fit. Well, I’ve made several different styles over the years so that you can print certificates for different students.

You can see all my recital certificates on this page. You find it by clicking “Free”, then select “Teaching Aids.” When the “Teaching Aids” page opens, scroll down until you find this header:  One Minute Club, Certificates, Recital Covers, Magnetic White Board Music Symbols. There are so many different items in the Teaching Aids category that this was the best I could do, organization-wise.

As you can see in the picture above, I made one certificate editable so that you can type in your own words. You might be having a violin recital instead of a piano recital!

It is really easy to fill in the blank certificate. If you haven’t tried it, here are the instructions. Open the editable file in Adobe Reader DC. (It is a free program.) After you open the file, move your cursor to the spot you need to fill in. Click on the page. Light blue boxes will appear to help you to know where to type. Start typing on the blinking cursor. Your text will automatically be in the center of the page. Move to the other boxes to complete the certificate. The blue boxes will not be visible when you print. If the blue boxes don’t pop up for you, put your cursor in the middle of the typing area and click until you see the blinking cursor. Before you actually print your certificate, make sure your printer is set to “landscape.”

For those of you on a Mac, this also works in Preview.

I hope you enjoy this recital certificate. Sometimes it’s nice to have something new!

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Personalize a Recital Program

Editable Recital Program

Recital Program to Personalize

Here is a recital cover for you to use at your spring recital. You can choose to personalize it like the picture above on the right, or print it the way it looks in the small pictures on the left.

Here is how to add your personalization:

  • Open in Adobe Reader.
  • Using the graphic above as a guide, put your cursor underneath and very close to the word “Recital.”
  • Type the name of your studio.
  • Move you cursor down to the bottom opposite the flowers. You can type the location, date, and time.
  • Moving to the left side, which is the back of the program cover, there are two places near the bottom to personalize. The first space is a header where you can type “Thank You.” Underneath that you have several lines to type any message you wish.

To make a document for the inside of the program, use a word processing program such as Word. Open a new document in landscape orientation with two columns. Set the borders at 1/2 inch all around with a one inch space between the two columns. Print this new document on the blank side of the recital program cover. Fold the program, and you’re ready to go.

I also tried printing this in black and white to see how it would look for teachers who do not have access to a color printer or want to save color ink. It looks fine printed on light green paper if you have a printer that allows you to print in “grayscale.”

I don’t think it will look good using a B&W laser printer. All the flowers will turn into a blob of black. Instead I have made folded recital covers in the past that you can use: Recital Program Cover. It will look fine on a color laser printer.

FYI, I did not draw the flowers myself!

There you have it. I hope you enjoy this recital cover!

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Rhythm Blocks

Rhythm Blocks

Rhythm Blocks

Using these rhythm cut-outs is a great hands-on way to teach rhythm. If students are confused about rhythm values, it could be that verbal explanations didn’t work. How many times have we thought students understood a concept only to discover later that they were really confused but didn’t want to tell you? I remember when I was a young piano student just nodding my head in agreement when I really had no idea what my teacher was talking about. I started parroting back her definition of time signatures because I was a good at memorizing. But I didn’t understand what I was saying and I didn’t want to admit I didn’t get it. I liked her and I wanted to make her happy!

One of the first and most important rhythm concepts students have understand is that a note with a dot is equal to three of the of the next shorter note. That is the key to understanding dotted half notes and dotted quarters.  Theses rhythm shapes are great for that because they are proportional in size; so two eighths are the same size as one quarter.

Print this page on card stock and glue it to a sheet of thin craft foam before you cut them out. If you are crafty, even better is to glue the page to foam board (also called tag board), which will make them easier for students to move around but a lot hard to cut out!

I made this printable years ago, but today’s post is updated to make the notes easier to read. Plus, I fixed a note that was orientated wrong. So if you have the old file, you can replace it with this one.

Another way to explain fractions is to use my Rhythm Pizza printable. It is a very helpful first step to teaching rhythm values. Then to teach counting dotted notes, use this helpful visual, Rhythm in the Grid.

I know you can come up with many ideas for students to learn with these!

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Big One Staff Flash Cards

Big Flash Cards

Big One Staff Flash Cards

I’ve thought I’d take some time to let you know how the updating of my teaching resources is going here on Piano Teaching Resources. 

First of all, it’s a big undertaking to re-do and repost more than 10 years worth of printables, and I’ve been working on it for three years. I do it in my spare time and I feel like I have finally made some progress. I’ve finished the most of the holiday games and worksheets. I’ve finished all the other games and worksheets, and that took forever! I’ve posted so many big files.

The printables I’ve finished can be found by selecting “Free” at the top of the page and then following the links. Right now I’m working on “Teaching Aids” which includes certificates, flash cards, and anything that is not a worksheet, a game, or music. The last thing I do will be the music section.

Back when I first started posting, I was not able to rotate PDF’s to portrait orientation or to combine pages into one PDF. That is one of the things I fix when I go back and re-do material.

It’s been very helpful for me, in a way, to re-do my material. Some of it was made for a specific student, but then I forgot all about it. Going though and re-working material has helped me re-connect. In the beginning I made all the graphics in programs that were not very flexible. For, example, the flash cards I’m posting today were originally made in Word for Windows 95. That was when some of my readers were babies! I updated them in programs better suited for graphics.

I am posting these cards because they are useful for younger students. The lines are big enough for students to count, but not so big that they take up a lot of space. They have some features that make them easy for teachers to use:

  • Black and while
  • Big fat lines that are easy for students to count
  • Four cards to a page
  • Only two cutting lines so there are no margins to cut off
  • Big enough to play games

Thank you for your feedback and comments and I’m so happy that my material is helping piano students around the world!

 

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