2 Octave Major Scales
2 Octave Harmonic Minor Scales
One Octave Major Scales
One Octave Minor Scales
5-Finger Major Scales
5-Finger Minor Scales
Click on each picture to download the files.
I’ve finally finished remaking all of the Picture Scales. I needed to update some things under the hood, so I took the opportunity to make some more changes including remaking the one octave and two-octave scales.
They aren’t easy to make, so I was really dreading it. Then there is the problem of not knowing my left hand from my right. Plus, I constantly mix up the 4th and 2nd finger. And the 1 and 5. Now that I think about it, how did I ever learn to read music! 🙂
However, over the years they have been well worth it. I use regular scale books, too, but there are times when picture scales come in handy. My theory is, use what works! These picture scales are excellent for:
- Visual learners
- Memorizing scales
- Teaching scales by ear
- Students with learning disabilities
To find these in the future, go to the top menu and select Free > Newer Free Resources > Teaching Aids. Or just do a Google search for “Susan Paradis picture scales”.
If you like the idea of picture scales but don’t like my fingering, I have posted some sheets where you can write your own. Go to the following link and scroll down until you see the thumbnail graphic for Write Your Own Fingering.
St Patrick’s Day Composing
In my never-ending quest to change everything on my website to portrait orientation, I have updated these two St. Patrick’s Day composing pages and put them together into one PDF file. It’s time-consuming, which is why it is taking me so long!
The first page is for composing on the staff. I wrote a little poem and put the rhythm above the staff. The student can write a melody with bass notes, or just the melody.
The pre-reading page has the rhythm written above shamrocks, and they write the finger numbers of their melody on the shamrocks.
I always suggest to my students to start and end on the same note if they want a singable melody and I suggest D using only white keys for an Irish sounding melody. It is always amazing to me that some students have an innate ability to come up with a good melody! Other students write notes willy-nilly here and there and it sounds rather like me composing 12-tone music for a theory class. 🙂
Some students want to compose melody and accompaniment, so I suggest they start with fifths in the left hand and use D minor and C parallel fifths. If they get carried away and want to expand their composition, check out the staff paper I’ve posted that has a braced grand staff, measures, and bar lines. It’s one of the pages in this bundle. Staff Paper Variety Pack
If you don’t know how to print only one page in a PDF bundle, there is a tutorial in my FAQ.
Animal Alphabet Memory Match
My students love memory games. Maybe it is because I have such a bad memory I never win!
I made this game for a student who is learning the notes on the staff around middle C. You might notice the illustrations are the same I’ve used in a lot of beginning activities. [A few years ago I wrote a set of short songs for each of these animals and the links are at the end of this post.]
- The object of the game is to match the alphabet letter to the correct note on the staff.
- Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader.
- Print the first page on card stock.
- Re-insert the first page into your computer and print on the back. (You might need to practice how to print on the back using scrap paper.) There is a tutorial in my FAQ page about how to print on the back of PDF documents.
- Laminate the cards for durability. Cut them along the dotted lines.
- Place the cards face down in a 4 x 4 grid as shown above.
- The first player turns over 2 cards. If they match he keeps them and takes another turn. If not, it is the second player’s turn.
- The second person continues in the same way.
- The player with the most cards wins.
- To identify the names of notes located around middle C.
- To improve visual memory skills.
- Young beginners through ages 7 or 8.
Grid to Help Young Children Play Memory Games
Young students often have trouble playing memory games because they don’t realize after they look at a card they have to put it back in the exact same space. I use this grid, glued to the file folder that holds the cards, to help them put it back in the correct space.
Memory Game Grid
Animal Alphabet Songs Teaching Beginning Notes
A is for Alligator
B is for Bears Playing Baseball
Pat the Cat
Dogs Eating Doughnuts (The Doughnut Mystery)
E is for Elephant
Frogs Wearing Flip Flops
G is for Giraffe
Don’t forget the cards that match notes using clothes pins. These are a fun manipulative for preschool children.
Frog Notes on the Staff
Frog Treble and Bass Notes
I hope you didn’t give up on me posting the final set in the Fun With Frogs series. I was out-of-town several days, meeting all the wonderful teachers at the Texas Music Teachers Convention. The Texas convention is huge and there was so much going on. I lost my iPad containing my presentations, found it, lost my iPhone, found it, and walked and talked a lot.
It was so exciting that my friend and teaching colleague Elizabeth Gutierrez won the TMTA pre-collegiate teacher of the year!
Speaking of Elizabeth, my next presentation is in San Antonio where I will speak at her Piano Camp for Piano Teachers. I’m going to open the iPad on-screen and show you how to use it. Elizabeth has some great sessions planned, like how to teach technique after the elementary level, the best classical pieces, and how to teach secure rhythm. Her students play so beautifully and polished, so I am looking forward to that.
Today’s post has piano worksheets for the notes around middle C position for young beginners. Print these sheets or open them in your iPad.
If you like these, you will probably like the others in the Frog series. These are all free downloads, because I just like to share!
Learning Piano Keys
Finger Numbers and Left/Right Hands
Frogs in Flip Flops – This 12-measure song uses only two notes, F and C. There are words and a teacher duet.
Below is something I did with my student to help him remember treble F. We had a lot of fun with Mr. Frog!