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Triad Tic Tac Toe

Triad Tic Tac Toe

Triad Tic Tac Toe

Triad Tic Tac Toe is a set of four cards to review chords and chord inversions. This is a very fast, 2-person tic tac toe game for late elementary and intermediate students. Only one card is used in the game, so you can play at different levels for each student. It can be used for review, or as a teaching tool to explain as you play.

This game is like a worksheet, but a lot more fun.

There are four cards in this set. The first and second cards include inverted triads, and the third and fourth cards are in root position.

Have you ever noticed that some students can play inversions without any trouble, but they just sit and stare when you ask them to name the chord. There is no doubt that learning to quickly identify inversions is a great help in not only memorizing, but in learning theory, improvising, or playing lead sheets.

In this game there is a very simple way to name an inverted triad. All you have to do is find the interval of a 4th and the top note of this interval is the name of the chord.

Objectives

There are several things the student can identify with this game. Students can:

  1. Identify the root of the triad.
  2. Identify the inversion in cards one and two (first, second, root position).
  3. Name the chord using cards three and four.
  4. Identify the triad with Roman numerals. (Use the first card in C major because students need to know the key for this skill.)
  5. Identify the slash chord name, such as C/E. (Use the first and second cards.)
  6. Identify the triads as major or minor (if they know their key signatures).

Material:

  • Bingo tokens, 2 different colors.  [Pencil erasers, pieces of colored paper, bingo chips.]
  • Two players use the same game board.

Directions for 2 players:

  • Print one game board on card stock. The first and second cards are more difficult, so it depends on the skill you are working on.
  • Give each player about 5 tokens of the same color.
  • The student goes first and identifies a triad of his choice. If he/she is correct, he puts a token on it.
  • This is repeated by the second player, with a different colored token.
  • Play continues in this manner until a player has a token on 3 squares in a row in any direction, including diagonally, as in a Tic Tac Toe game.

 

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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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Wings on Ice – Early Intermediate Piano Solo

Wings On Ice

Wings on Ice $2.95

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.

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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!

If you purchased an item using PayPal and never received it, please let me know.

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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