It’s 2011 and that means it’s time to update the One Minute Club cards. I make these cards for my elementary age students as an incentive to “say and play” all the notes on the grand staff in one minute or less.
I am going to put the cards in a clear plastic sleeve badge holder and attach it to their music bags.
Every year I get emails about these cards from new teachers, so the rest of this post will try to answer them.
With what age group do you use these cards?
They are made for elementary age children. In my studio, it usually takes several years of lessons before a student can do this in less than one minute. Only a few students in grades 2-3 can do it, and I don’t even try it with younger students. They do not have the coordination. Older students are more interested in the gift card I give to the overall fastest student.
I gave up on this because my students don’t like flash cards. Do you have any suggestions?
Well, make sure they are old enough and have the potential to be successful. Everyone in your studio does not have to participate. However, if you know they are capable you might have to have a “talk.” Sometimes I tell a reluctant student that they don’t have to win or even be able to do it in a minute. But parents are paying a lot for lessons and the least they expect is for students to learn notes and where they are located on the piano. I have noticed that the ones who need it the most are the most reluctant. That’s natural, because kids like to do things they are good at. Once they start getting faster it becomes so much more fun.
Why do they have to play the note as well as say the note name? Isn’t it enough to know the name of the note?
Piano students need to know where to quickly move their hands when they see a note that is not in a five-finger position. The faster they can do this, the better they are at sight-reading. You will see sight-reading improve as well as the student’s self-confidence when they can find notes quickly.
How did you make these cards? Where do you get your clip art?
I made these cards in Adobe Photoshop and I did not use any clip art. Since I am not a professional, it took forever to make them!
These cards are not centered correctly when I print them out on my blank business cards.
I made them for pre-perforated 2″ x 3.5″ business cards, 10 to a page. When you print the PDF file, be sure the setting for page scaling is set to “none.”