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 For, example, the flash cards I’m posting today were originally made in Word for Windows 95.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!
If you have middle or high school group lessons or a Valentine’s Day party, try this really fun Valentine game, Steal A Heart. I remade it a few years ago so that it is ink friendly. My teens love this game. Ledger line notes are included, but you don’t have to use them.
Valentine Card Rhythm Hunt is a fast game you can play with beginners who are learning rhythm. I’ve made this game for every holiday, so if you don’t get to play it now, check out the other versions.
There is a 4 page (folded) Valentine’s card with a note story and a sudoku rhythm game. This makes a nice card to give students the week of February 14.
If you want to see more Valentine music activities, check out my Valentine page! There are links to some Valentine music, too.
I’ve mentioned before that a lot of the theory worksheets I post are for the Texas MTA theory exams. These exams are in twelve levels, one for each grade. The early grades are not hard and they are a great way for teachers to discover if their students are really remembering all the theory we teach in lessons. If you are in an area that offers theory exams, consider them!
Last year, after several years of hard work, the TMTA theory tests were revised. In my studio, that means I need to revise all my theory worksheets. It is a daunting challenge, but I’ve been slowly trying.
Today’s post contains rhythm questions for grades one through six and up to about level 4 in most method books. In the top left corner of each page, I numbered the tests with the TMTA level to keep them straight, but teachers can certainly use these sheets to reinforce rhythm concepts at any grade. You all know I love silly cartoons, but I tried really hard to make these pages friendly looking, and not cartoony. They use less ink than the originals, and they can be used with any age.
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.
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