Blank Staff for iPad or Print
This is a black and white line drawing of a staff that I made especially to use on an iPad. Students can practice drawing notes, accidentals, and clefs. This document can also be printed for drawing and coloring. So if you don’t have an iPad you can still use it.
Many iPad apps have the ability to write on documents. Over the past 5 or so years I have tried out many different ones. Some have free versions for you to try out. Some allow you to record audio instructions. My suggestion is to find one you like, but be open for new features that are in different programs.
Why would you want to use a worksheet on an iPad?
- To go paperless and save ink.
- To store them in your iPad and save space in your studio.
- To have them easily available when you need them.
- It’s more fun for students.
If you are in the Dallas area and are interested in attending an interactive morning iPad workshop, send me an email and I will put you on the waiting list.
Ornament Intervals 2nd to Octave
Here is the last ornament worksheet I will have time to make this year. Thanks very much to Peggy for proofing it for me!
FYI, if you have some students who are looking for Hanukkah worksheets, I made some a few years ago and you might want to check them out.
Easy Rhythm Bingo
Easy Rhythm Bingo Calling Cards
Not too long ago I posted a rhythm bingo game for older students with meters such as 3/8 and 9/8. An alert teacher asked me if I had posted a beginner version. Of course I thought so because I remember playing it. I have to be honest, however. After posing hundreds of files over the years, I can’t remember what I have on the site. As I looked through my website, sure enough, it was not there. Things came up, and it got lost in the Games That Never Were Finished file.
- To review rhythm patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures
- Cards 1 & 2 have no 8th notes.
- Cards 3 & 4 have simple patterns using 8th notes.
Number of Players
- Two to 8 players, plus the teacher to draw and play the rhythm cards
- Game may also be played by one student and teacher
- Game board and rhythm card printables
- At least 9 bingo tokens for each player
- Print the game boards on card stock.
- Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock or regular card stock. Separate or cut the cards.
- Mix the cards up so that the time signatures are mixed evenly.
- Give each player a Bingo board card and tokens. Students put a token on the “Free” space.
- The teacher draws a calling card, tells the students which time signature it is, and plays the rhythm.
- If the student has the rhythm, he covers it with his token.
- The game proceeds with the teacher drawing cards and playing the rhythms.
- The first player to cover all the squares on his board is the winner.
- To play with student and teacher, each player takes turns drawing and tapping the rhythm on the card. If that rhythm is on his card, he covers it with a token.
Why I Like This Game
- It is a good game to practice rhythmic ear training.
Editable Binder Cover
Today I am posting a binder cover that you can personalize by typing directly on the PDF before you print it. It’s kind of clunky, but I’m sharing it anyway because it can be a real time saver. The editing part is kind of a hidden feature that you don’t have to use.
- Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you probably use to print all of my material.)
- There are two text fields. (See the arrows above where I wrote Zachary and Piano Binder. You do not have to use my wording.)
- I formatted the text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.
- Select “Highlight Existing Fields.” This will show you where to type.
- You should see a large blinking cursor.
- Type any text you desire, but it has to fit in the field. Adjust your wording to fit because to my knowledge you cannot adjust the size.
- If you have trouble seeing the blinking cursor, using the graphic above as a guide, click in the middle of where I typed.
- If you can’t get it to work use the method I mentioned in my last post.
Adobe Reader does not let you change fonts, size, and color to the best of my knowledge. Adobe designed the program to be used for filling out forms, not for designs! Maybe there is a way I don’t know about!
This makes a nice binder front or back for a new student. It matches the calendar I posted last week.
If you like editable PDF’s, let me know and I can make some more in the future.