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2017 One Minute Club Cards

One Minute Club 2017


I’ve finished the 2017 One Minute Club cards. In the file there is also a chart to keep track of your students’ times, and a certificate that a lot of teachers request.

If you are not sure how to use this activity works, the idea is you show students flash cards and they “say and play” the notes on the grand staff in one minute or less.

Playing the correct key on the piano is important, because as you know, students can learn notes on flash cards and remain clueless when it comes to knowing the correct placement on the piano. This solves that problem.

However, we have to prepare students to learn how to do this. We can’t just present the cards one day and hope for the best. My students have been studying notes all year, and this is the culmination of all that work.

Also, you have to keep it light-hearted and fun. That is why this activity is better with older students who have developed fine motor skills and already have a good grasp of note names.

For students who struggle to learn note names, it’s better to wait until they are older, and then to gradually work up to this. I usually start with 2 flash cards. After they can do that, I start gradually adding more, but never so many that they are overwhelmed. They may need to wait a few years before they actually do the entire grand staff. However, I also included “Junior One Minute Club” cards if you want to reward your students who can’t manage to say and play them in a minute.

Here is a link to a video I made to show you how it works.

The cards, chart, and certificate are in the same PDF file. You will need to know how to print individual pages in a PDF. I print only the chart first to keep a record of students’ times. Later, you can print the number of cards and certificates you need.

There are 10 cards on the first page. It is formatted for “business card” perforated cardstock, but you can also cut them out. I put them in plastic business card holders and attach them to their music bags.

You might notice the design is the same orange-colored theme I used for the calendar at the beginning of the year. My students look forward to new art each year.

You can read more about how to run this activity on my blog at this link. One Minute Club


Filed under Certificates, Intermediate Students, Note Identification

One Minute Club 2016


One Minute Club 2016

It’s time to post the 2016 One Minute Club Cards! Thanks to the teachers who reminded me! Included in the file are cards and certificates for both the Junior One Minute Club and the regular One Minute Club.  There is also a chart where you can keep a record of their weekly scores. Just remember to keep it lighthearted and fun!

I’m not much of a video maker, but I made this about 4 years ago showing students of all ages practicing.

One Minute Club from Susan Paradis on Vimeo.

These cards are formatted for 2 x 3.5  perforated blank business cards. The (blue and green) borders around 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 use a ruler and draw cutting lines.

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.

Some students know all their notes on paper, but have no idea where they are on the piano. This activity actually helps sight reading because the student must physically find the note.

Unfortunately, it can easily turn into drudgery if the teacher doesn’t have the right attitude or plows into all the cards at once.  So I always start with just a few cards and I supplement with games, including note games on the iPad.

If  students learn they can play just two or three cards successfully, then we can gradually add cards so that they don’t get overwhelmed. Because if they do, they just shut down.

Usually I start with the treble spaces, because those are the easiest to learn.

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. I also have some mini flash cards for you to print. Why not challenge your older students with mini ledger line cards! These are all free downloads because I like to share.


Filed under Note Identification, Teaching Aids

Mini Ledger Line Flash Cards

MiniLedgerL_FlashCardsMini Ledger Line Flash Cards

Today I am posting the mini ledger line version of the small flash cards I posted the other day. I like to tell my students that even though I won a ledger line contest when I took piano, I didn’t remember them. Every time I would get to a ledger line note in my music, I would have to stop and think, and count up or down. Finally I got sick of not knowing them quickly, and made myself a set of flash cards (yes, even way back then I was making flash cards…) and practiced, until I finally had them really set in my memory.

Those of you who are visual learners have no idea how hard it is for some of us to learn to read notes quickly on the staff. In my case, notes tend to jump around on the page, first looking like a B and then a D. I used to get so confused and I still do sometimes! To make matters worse, my eyes turn anything with lines and patterns into 3D, which is not good for note reading.

I think not knowing ledger lines notes quickly is one reason intermediate students break down when they sight read. I hope these cards will help.


Filed under Note Identification, Teaching Aids, Theory

Mini Flash Cards

MiniFlashCards_653x490Mini Flash Cards

Years and years of flipping flash cards for the One Minute Club has left its toll on my old set of mini flash cards. I needed a new set, and while I was at it, I made a few changes. I moved up the placement of the staves so that my thumb has a place to hold the card without covering the bass notes. Then it popped into my head that some of my students with learning problems might do better if the bass and treble clefs are different colors. So far it’s really helped. Let me know if you think it’s a good idea, too. Of course, you can always print them on the same color card stock. I do not recommend laminating these cards if you plan to use them for speed.

The nice thing about mini flash cards is that they can sit on your piano all the time and not get in the way.


There are only two pages to this printable, one page for the treble clef and on for the bass. I know some of you are wondering, where are the ledger line mini-cards? Well, they are coming. Check back in a few days!



Filed under Note Identification, Teaching Aids, Theory