I recently made some handouts for the changes in the TMTA theory test. The first one here is for 3rd grade. The other two are some big changes in the 4th grade test. These basic theory concepts can be used for all music students, even if they don’t take a formal theory test. Click on the link below the image to print the tests. These can also be used on an iPad. Let me know if you find any mistakes!
Theory Stars New in the Texas Theory Test for Grade 4
Whole Step Half Step Stars
Ornament Moves Steps and Skips
Today’s post is a Christmas worksheet to review steps and skips. In addition to printing this, it works well downloaded on a tablet because all the student has to do is check the correct answer.
If you print this, I suggest you make one copy and either laminate it or put it in a page protector. That way you can use a dry erase pen and re-use the worksheet with each student.
If you are a teacher who laminates worksheets, here is a great hint I learned from another piano teacher recently!
If the ink stays on the worksheet very long, it becomes hard to erase. All you need to do is wipe it with a cleaning pad such as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or a similar product. You do not need to wet the cleaning pad. This works great for all those hard to erase laminated worksheets and labels.
However, please do not try this on your white boards, because I’m sure it will ruin them. Limit using the pad to your homemade material that can be reprinted if there is any damage.
[Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in any way, and only recommend it because it is a handy tip.]
Hearts and Clubs Interval Game
I really meant to post this earlier but it is a busy time of the year. This is an interval game using my Hearts and Clubs theme. The hearts make it a good game for Valentine’s, but it can also be played any time of the year. This is another fast learning game that will not take up very much lesson time.
- learn to identify intervals quickly by sight
- review intervals if the student already knows them
- quickly identify intervals under pressure
- Suitable for elementary and older students who have learned intervals up to octaves
- Some younger children can play if given lots of time
- Printed game board with the interval flash cards
- Sand timer or stop watch
- Bingo chips
Give the student a set of interval flash cards. Set the timer. The student quickly draws a flash card and places a bingo chip on the corresponding interval degree. The object is to cover all the interval degrees on the game board in the fastest time possible. Beginning students might enjoy a non-timed game better.
This game can also be played with student and teacher or at a group lesson.
Student and teacher: One player uses the hearts on the game board and the other uses the clubs. Players take turns drawing flash cards and covering the corresponding interval with chips on their game board. The first person who covers all their hearts or clubs wins.
In a group: Each player has a game board and bingo chips or you can put two students on each card. Students take turns drawing flash cards and covering the corresponding interval with bingo chips. Place discarded flash cards back in the deck or print extra if you have a large group.