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!
All the music in my store comes with an unlimited printing license within your personal studio.
When I asked one of my students what her favorite sport was, she didn’t hesitate to say, “ice dancing.” She said she had never skated on ice, but she just loved to watch it. I wrote this for her and I was so glad she liked it. She was a wonderful young musician and she played scales effortlessly, but sight-reading was sometimes a challenge. Fast forward about ten years and she plays the piano for her church.
Recently, I took a good look at this piece and decided I could do more to make it easier for students to read. I changed a lot of things from the original version. It is in C Major, with scale fingerings in the right hand and two-note slurs in the left.
I’m now happy to announce that this revised version is newly released in my store. It is an accessible piece, good for students who learn by ear. I think it is one of those pieces that sounds harder than it is, but I will let others decide that. Use it in recitals or festivals, or just for fun.
If you are looking for a recital piece, head over to my store. The store helps to support this site.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.