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Wednesday Questions: How to See Everything I’ve Posted

I’ve decided to try to use Wednesdays to answer some of the questions that my readers ask. Today’s question comes from a teacher in California:

Susan, 

Is there a way to see everything you have posted?

Answer

Yes, as a matter of fact, there is a way to see everything that is currently available.

If you go here:

http://www.susanparadis.com/catalog.php?type=wholeCatalog

you can scroll down through everything. The first material you scroll through will be almost 100 pages of  piano music,  most of it beginning level, but don’t get discouraged. Just keep scrolling and you will get to the games and teacher aids. Certificates, calendars, assignment sheets, and teacher business items are at the very bottom of the page.

Each item has a SP number, for example,  SP150, so if you have a question about an item, it helps me if you use that number.

If you only want to look at, for example, games, select and click on Games at the top of the webpage, and then select and click on ALL.  You will see all the games I currently have available.

Some of the pictures you see when you scroll down are not quite accurate, because there are times I update the PDF that you print out, but I don’t have time to post a new tiny thumbnail image. Since my website is a free service I offer as a gift to the piano teaching community, I don’t have time to update it all. I would rather spend that time making new things!

Don’t forget you can use the search engines, and the category pages that you see on the right of this blog post.

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Search and Find Bass A

Search and Find BassA

Search and Find Bass A

Last week I posted the Alligator song to help learn bass A. Here is the Search and Find game to go along with it. Of all the songs like this I wrote, my students like the Alligator one the best!

I decided to change the layout for the bass clef notes. Allie the alligator is at the bottom. All the bass clef Search and Find games will use this new graphic layout with the new keyboard border I drew. I hope you like the change. Yes, I draw everything; all the clip art, borders, even the background textures. That’s why it takes me a while to get things posted. 

This is the sixth printable in a series of “Search and Find” games. I have already posted Search and Find Middle CSearch and Find DSearch and Find E,  Search and Find F, and Search and Find G. Rather than post the directions and objectives again, new readers can go here for Search and Find C and read up on how to play this game.

If you come up with a good idea to use with these Search and Find Games, be sure and leave a comment here, on Facebook, or even send me an email. I like to try different ideas because it keeps the games fresh for students!

Bass B Bear is coming soon. Can anyone guess what the bear will be doing? I asked my students and they all guessed correctly!

 

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Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A!

Alligator,Alligator

Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A

I struggled with a poem to go with my alligator drawing. It was so much effort to draw Mr. Alligator that I guess I had nothing left for the poem. Also, I wanted a very easy melody with lots of A’s; something that a 5-year-old can sight-read.

And then, when I was least expecting it, the words and melody came to me. “Alligator, alligator, all you play is A. Can’t you find another note to play for us today?” Even the older brother loves the poem. One of these days I might recycle my poem into a more interesting melody! 

My student wanted to know if all the alligator can play is A, why are there three notes in the song. Students and their questions! I told him he was smarter than an alligator, so he can play more notes. He had never played bass F and G, but since we are using the Notey Noteheads cards, it was not a problem for him. It’s all about learning to read by intervals.

The teacher duet was confusing to play along with. So if I were you, I would not use the duet until your students can play the song confidently. The eighth note rhythm is the problem, so try just playing quarter notes if your student has trouble.

If you are new to this blog, this song is part of a set of pieces I am writing that feature a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. Please read up on it hereD is for Doughnut. Other songs I have already posted are  E is for Elephant,  Pat the Cat’s Patting Song, Frogs Wearing Flip Flops and G is for Giraffe.  These are all free as my gift to the piano teaching community, and I hope your students enjoy them! Yes, I am making a Search and Find for this A, so check back later.

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G is for Giraffe

G is for Giraffe

G is for Giraffe

If you have been following my blog, you know about my new series of short piano teaching pieces that feature letters of the alphabet for students who need more music than is in their method books. Click on the links to read about E is for Elephant, The Doughnut MysteryPat the Cat’s Patting Song, and Frogs Wearing Flip Flops. You can use the Search and Find games, which feature the same animals, to reinforce the note names.

Do you find yourself frequently crossing out finger numbers? I plan to use this piece with the right hand thumb on G. However, instead of writing in the fingering, I added a small box instead for you to write in your own fingering. 

My preschool student thought this was very much like the Frog Flip Flop song, but in a good way. It gave him some security, and I was happy he could sight read it. Young children like to do the same things over and over, and older children like variety.

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Frogs Wearing Flip-Flops

Frogs in Flip Flops

Frogs in Flip Flops

If you have been following my blog, you know about my new series of short piano teaching pieces that feature letters of the alphabet. Let’s face it, some students need more music than is in their method books. Click on the links to read about E is for Elephant, The Doughnut Mystery, Pat the Cat’s Patting Song, and Notey Notes flash cards (to help read by intervals).

Before you show this to your student, ask if he knows what kind of shoes that start with  F that frogs wear. Mine guessed “flip-flops” right away, maybe because I wear them all the time!

I plan to use this with the right hand thumb on F and then switch around to several fingers. But then I got to thinking that many teachers have perfectly valid reasons to use a 4 or any other finger on F. So I added a small box instead, and guess what, you can add your own fingering!

Then I started thinking why more method books don’t leave fingering out of beginning books and let us add our own. I know a lot of teachers cross out fingering,  but why not a beginning method book that “suggests” fingerings, but leaves it up to the teacher? What do you think?

If you prefer middle C position and you don’t like the fingering in my music, cross it out and add your own. I also think that most piano teachers outside of North America use middle C position, but I have no firm facts to back that up.

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