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!
Table Top Keyboard
I have some colored bingo chips that I bought at Staples in the teacher supply section. This paper keyboard is large enough for those chips. Print it on card stock, cut it out, laminate it, and tape it together. Then you can spend some off-bench time with your student learning the names of keys, steps and skips, and intervals. Children need to get away from the piano some, especially children with different learning styles. Children who learn kinetically do a lot better if they can place a manipulative on a keyboard and move it around.
If you don’t have any bingo chips, cut out some colored paper into circles that will fit this keyboard.
This graphic can also be used by young children to write the names of the keys. If you do this, you can print it with economy mode of your printer on inexpensive paper or even the back of paper you’re discarding. I never throw away a piece of paper if I’ve only used one side!
[Edited: This file has been remade with a smaller keyboard the same size as piano keys.]
Staff Paper with 2 Staves
I received a lot of requests for a large size staff that you can use as a grand staff and today I am finally getting around to posting it. I think it is rather hard to find staff paper this size, so be sure and take advantage of this if you think you can use it. It will save you some time either drawing it by hand or making your own in Word, not that it’s very difficult. But if you are like I used to be with several children, a spouse, volunteer activities in school and church, as well as a piano studio, you need all the time you can save! Now that my children are all grown up and on their own I have a lot more free time.
This is a good size of staff paper to use for beginning composing activities. Notating for children is difficult. It is like learning to write a new language and some of them are so young they are still learning to write words. You can draw the hard things for them, like the treble or bass clef. I teach that all notes start off as little “candy eggs” and you can either chocolate fill them or let them stay vanilla. The stem is the handle. Then I tell them to make sure the handle doesn’t come out of the top of their head! I also sing/chant “up on the right side, down on the left side” as we work.
Arlene sent me a great idea to keep track of scales students learn. I already had these fish drawn, so for her idea, I just drew in the “fish scales” and the place for the student name. I tried to draw the fish to be easy to cut out. Younger students love this!
Print, cut out, and laminate one fish for each student. Post the fish on a bulletin board that you have decorated. When a student learns a scale, write it inside the “scale” on the fish. Use a dry erase marker to write on the laminated fish, and you can use them over again each year. In one of my earlier posts I mentioned the clear book covers that I used to laminate my material. Now that I have an inexpensive laminating machine, I don’t have to use that, but I encourage you to try it if you don’t have access to a laminating machine.
I included two colors, in case you want one color for major and one for minor. Somewhere on the card we write what kind of scale, such as 5-finger scale or one octave scale.
If you teach in your living room or a church sanctuary and you’re not keen on posting fish all over the walls, make a portable bulletin board on foam board and keep it with your music supplies. Sometimes I prop things up on my hearth and remove it when I have company.
Arlene made a bulletin board which had blue paper on it and at the top said “Fishy Scales. ” She put some construction paper seaweed and other sea decor at the bottom of the board. Doesn’t that sound cute? Here’s the really fun part. When they learned all the assigned scales, she gave them a bag of Swedish Fish! 🙂
Thanks so much Arlene for the great idea. I bet there are going to be a lot of “fishy scales” in piano studios this year!
[Edited: The graphics have been updated. There are 4 fish on each page.]