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.
I Can Count Rhythm
UK Rhythm Worksheets
Today I am posting the second worksheet in my “I Can” series for young beginners. My last post was I Can Write the Music Alphabet. The one I am posting today reviews rhythm. I think that it is also big enough to use on the iPad.
As with all of my worksheets, this is free for personal use. In order to print, click on the picture or the link below the picture. That will take you to another page, where you will select “download”.
I am working on a worksheet like this for rests, so hold on and I’ll post it this week. Meanwhile, don’t forget these fun rhythm games for the younger set: Quarter Note Hunt, Fish Rhythm Matching Cards, Rhythm Round About, and Counting Up the Mountain. Average age beginners will learn rhythm values quickly with the black ink Rhythm Memory Game.
If you use all of these games with your beginning students, they will probably learn rhythm note values very easily!
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.
Hearts and Clubs Notes and Keyboards
This is the first in a set of “Hearts and Clubs” activities that do not take up much valuable lesson time. I am posting this note identification printable in time for Valentine fun, but I made it generic enough so that it can be played all year long. The game board is just a starting place for all the different ways it can be used. Have fun coming up with new ideas!
There are 4 pages of flash cards included in this PDF document, including a page of keyboard cards. If you wish, you can use your own flash cards. To keep from printing the flash cards, set your printer to print page one only.
- learn to identify notes on a grand staff by sight
- quickly identify the notes on the grand staff
- use flash cards in a fun way
- Suitable for elementary and older piano students
- Printed game board
- Note flash cards included in the download (or use your own), shuffled well
- Bingo chips
There are several ways to play this learning activity.
1. Individually: Put the flash cards you want the student to review in a stack face down. Using an hourglass sand timer, the student quickly draws a flash card and places a bingo chip on the corresponding note name. The object is to cover all the note names on the game board before the hourglass runs out. An alternate version is to use a stopwatch instead of a sand timer.
2. Two players, such as student and teacher or two students: 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 note names with chips on their game board. The first person who covers all their hearts or clubs wins.
3. 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 note names with bingo chips. Place discarded flash cards back in the deck or print extra if you have a large group. If the group has different levels, give the beginners the easier flash cards.