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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.

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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Practice Chart 2016

I have a few notices before I discuss today’s post. First, a gigantic thank you to my readers for supporting the website. Without your help I would not have been able to manage this blog for the last 10 years, especially now that it is so huge with such an extensive data base. I am about a year behind in writing thank you notes and I apologize for that.

The second notice is about my store. My website platform had a problem in their last update. If  you buy something in my store, I temporarily will have to personally email the file to you. I was told that the email problem will be fixed soon. In the meantime, I am enjoying emailing my music to you and getting your feedback!

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Practice Chart 2016

Practice Chart

Today’s post is an editable practice chart that matches my new 2016 design.  Be sure and reinforce the holes if you put it in a binder.

This PDF file is editable so you can choose the title. There is not a lot of room, so adjust your text to fit.  You can add your student’s name or type something like Practice Chart or Practice Log. You can also leave it blank. If you are new to editable PDF files, here are some instructions.

Directions

  • Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you use to print all of my material.)
  • With your mouse, click about an inch down in the middle. (Use the image above to help find where the editable field is.)
  • 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.
  • I formatted the blue text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of the box.
  • Save the blank file so you can use it again with different text.

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 successfully use Chrome or Explorer instead.

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Shamrock Notes in 3 Versions

ShamrockNotes

Shamrock Notes Bundle

Today I am posting another printable but I have added some things.  You can use these as printables or on your iPad. The blank staff can be colored and used to learn how to draw clefs and notes. Students can color the rainbow at the top. All of these work equally well on an iPad or other tablet.

The original version of Shamrock Notes had all the notes in a row going up the staves. But some students found that too easy so I’ve added a staff with notes in random order.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve made staves like this for almost all of the special days. Children need a lot of review! Save these to your computer and only print out what you need.

 

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Easter Egg Hunt – a Favorite Game

 

Easter Egg Find The Notes

Easter Egg Find the Notes

I just returned from the MTNA convention in Las Vegas, and I have a lot of ideas I hope that I can share with you! I was so excited to meet many teachers who are using my material and who are looking for alternate ways to learn piano.  Thank you so much for introducing yourself and chatting with me. It is wonderful to see so many musicians who work hard to share our love of music.

I have not been able to blog or post anything for a while, but I can “rerun” this fun Easter season game that I made a few years ago.

There is not much planning, the rules are simple, and all you need is a few minutes to cut out the cards. If you are a parent, this a fun game to play with your children to introduce rhythm names.

Click on the link under the picture above and download the free printable. Print the pages on sturdy card stock and cut them out. Do not laminate the cards. Fold in the middle so the egg is on one side and the notes on the other. (Cardstock is easier to fold if you score it lightly using a ruler and a dull point, such as a dull butter knife. Leave a comment if you need more directions.) After folding, the cards sit up like a tent. Hide them around the room with the egg facing out.

DIRECTIONS

Tell your student that you have hidden eggs cards all over the room. The cards have different rhythm values on the back. The student’s job is to find and collect the ones with half notes (or whatever note you want to work on) as fast as possible.  Depending on how much time you have, you can play again, collecting different rhythms. It is so much fun watching the student run around the room collecting cards!

This is also an excellent activity to introduce a new rhythm note to beginning students.

OBJECTIVE

  • To quickly learn to recognize rhythm note names
  • To learn that stems can go up or down
  • To introduce rhythm names to beginners
  • To play a fast (under 3 minutes) game

AGES

  • Early childhood to grade 2 or 3

This is a variation of a game idea from Cecilly called Quarter Note Hunt, and it has been a long time favorite in my studio.

 

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