7 Alphabet Animal Songs
I tried to make it easy for everyone by creating one PDF document for all 7 of these songs. But for some reason, no matter how I tried, the links were not correct. So I am starting all over with new links. If this doesn’t work, I will have to come up with another cunning plan. 🙂
You have permission to use these with your students. They may not be sold, the files may not be shared, and they may not be posted on other websites. You are welcome to share a link back to this page. Hot linking the PDF is not allowed. The music, lyrics, and art are my original creations.
When I first published these songs in 2013, each one was a separate blog post. I discussed the creative process in writing them and how very, very difficult it is writing a song with just one or two notes. That is why I composed duets for each one. They make the music a lot more interesting for student and teacher.
I think students do better at reading in the long run if they learn from the very beginning that middle C is not always going to be a thumb. I know not everyone agrees with this, so please feel free to put whatever finger numbers suit your fancy. In some of the songs, I left the fingering off so that you can do just that.
These pieces are supposed to be like nursery rhymes. The lyrics help with the rhythm and make the songs more fun. Please encourage your students to sing or at least chant along!
Below are links (hopefully!) t0 the original blog posts for each individual song. I had so much fun writing these songs and using them with my youngest students. That is why I enjoy sharing them with you. Do your students have a favorite? I would love to know which one! Even better, I would love to see a video of your student singing and playing!
Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A
B is for the Baseball Bear
Pat the Cat’s Patting Song
E is for Elephant
The Doughnut Mystery: It’s D Day
Frogs Wearing Flip Flops
G Is For Giraffe
Today’s post includes some beginning rhythm fun sheets continuing with the frog theme. I made these to help students learn rhythm note names. We can work on counting, meter, and keeping a steady beat at their lessons. In addition, I tried these sheets and the ones I posted Monday on an iPad with a 7-year-old, and they worked just fine, after I helped him figure out the best way to hold the stylus. So, while these print out well and don’t use too much ink, they will also work on your tablet.
Fun with Frogs – Beginning Rhythm
I promised my faithful UK readers a version with their rhythm vocabulary!
Frog Rhythm UK version
To those of you who can’t figure out how to use an iPad for these, I am here to help. But please send an email rather than leave a comment. Speaking of email, I discovered that all the emails that were sent from this site for the last few months went into my spam folder and were deleted. So if I never answered your question, please try again. 🙂
Fun With Frogs on an iPad
One Minute Club 2015
It’s time to post the 2015 One Minute Club Cards! This year’s set also includes two certificates, including one for the Junior One Minute Club. the junior cards are yellow. There is also a handy chart where you can keep a record of their scores. Just remember to keep it lighthearted and fun!
Below is a video I made several years ago showing students of all ages giving it a try!
One Minute Club from Susan Paradis on Vimeo.
These cards are formatted for 2 x 3.5 perforated blank business cards. The borders in the cards extend past the cutting lines to aid in printer alignment problems. Make sure your PDF printer window is set to “actual size,” and you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader.
In case you don’t have any blank business cards, I added short cutting lines for you to connect and then cut using regular card stock.
After students earn the cards, I put them in clear plastic ID holders and attach them to their book bag with a small chain. The next year all I have to do is insert the new card.
The last several years, I’ve increased the way I use this card with students who can identify note names, but are slow playing them.
- I use mini flash cards printed in different colors for the treble and bass clef.
- First, I show the student the card and I identify it for the student, saying Bass C, Middle C, etc. and the student plays the key.
- Then the student has to identify the card the same way but this time he doesn’t play.
- Then we do just the space notes the regular way. When those are mastered we go on to line notes.
- I review steps 1 to 3 at every lesson.
- I have individual goals for each student who will be given the Junior Club Cards. But I want every child to be able to do at least the cards around middle C.
If you’re reading this and have no idea what the One Minute Club is, well, I’ve written about it extensively. For more information, use the search tab on the right, and type in One Minute Club or follow this link for last year’s post.
Pre-reading Piano Set 1
Summer is winding down, school is starting back, and for piano teachers that often means new piano students. I remember when I was a classroom music specialist. I had a guitar and students would wildly raise their hands to request their favorite songs and bob up and down with excitement. Children love music. So when piano students sit on my bench, I try for that same kind of enthusiasm. But piano is a lot harder for children, no doubt about it. What can I do to make them as enthused about piano lessons as they were when I pulled out my guitar for a sing-along? And can I share my ideas with other teachers around the globe? That is why I started this blog.
If you’re looking for some pre-reading music to use with your beginners, here are some old favorites of mine. They were originally made in landscape orientation, which allowed me to make the score larger. I’ve updated them, because parents kept telling me how hard it was to play sideways pages in a binder. I agree! So I am gradually revising all my pre-reading pieces from landscape (sideways) to portrait view. It is almost like starting over because I have to resize everything before I move it around. But it is so much easier to use in a binder that it’s really worth it for my students. And in the spirit of sharing, I’m offering these to you, too.
These pieces can be used at the first lesson, depending on age and ability, and are appropriate for ages 4 to 7. All of them are on the black keys, which means students do not have to know the names of the keys. Only fingers 2, 3, and 4 are used. The two easiest ones are What the Robin Said to the Worm and What the Worm Said to the Robin.
The five pieces in this set are:
- Red Light, Green Light – color coded to show which hand to use.
- What the Robin Said to the Worm – No notes on this one, only finger numbers.
- What the Worm Said to the Robin – This is the partner to the previous piece, using two fingers.
- Hot Cross Buns – 2 pages, one for each hand on the black keys.
If you have some pre-reading favorite of mine that you would like me to re-do in portrait, post the name of the piece in the comment section here, and I’ll put them at the top of my list!