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Mother's Day Composing 2019

Posted by Merrily James on May 6, 2019 12:10:36 PM

These are 3 great composing worksheets and a sweet present for students to give Mom! 

There are 2 composing activities included in the file, pre-reading and on-the-staff. Use finger numbers for pre-reading  composing and notes for the on-the-staff version.

Download Mothers Day Composing PDF 

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 Download Happy Mother's Day Composing 

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Download I Love My Mom

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Sightreading Cards

Posted by Merrily James on Apr 1, 2019 1:15:28 PM

These sightreading cards can be a helpful supplement for students new to reading. If you're looking for a fun way to present them, try 1) Hiding them around the room and setting a timer for how fast the student can find and perform them 2) Add silly commands on the back of some of the cards (i.e make a silly face, spin around 3 times, etc). These can also be added to a students practice plans. 

Sightreading Cards - Steps

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Sightreading Cards - Skips

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Sightreading Cards - Steps & Skips 

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Music Truth or Dare

Posted by Merrily James on Mar 5, 2019 3:14:22 PM

Anyone up for a game of truth or dare?  Don’t worry… unlike the version of the game you might have played in junior high, this new musical rendition won’t require any red-faced confessions or pranks. It will give you a fun way to review note names and intervals with your students! 

This game from Pianimation challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge of theory concepts in 2 ways – by naming answers “flashcard” style (for each truth card), and by performing tasks at the piano (for each dare card).  

Level 1
Grand Staff Note Names (Bass F – Treble G)
Piano Key Names (white keys)
Steps & Skips

Level 2
Grand Staff Note Names (Bass C – Treble C)
Piano Key Names (black keys)
Intervals (2nds – 5ths) 

Level 3
Grand Staff Note Names (all lines & spaces)
Intervals (2nds – 8ths)
Whole & Half Steps 

Each level also includes a set of bonus cards that make the game adaptable for use in either a private lesson or group/classroom setting.   

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To play in a private lesson setting (non-competitive):
This game can provide a fun alternative to traditional flashcards in a private lesson. Select the cards from the deck you want to use and place them in a hat or bag. Since there’s only one player involved, the only bonus cards you’ll need to include are the “treat” cards (2-3 treat cards make for a nice surprise in the middle of a bag of flashcards!).   Let your student draw cards from the hat one at a time, answering each with a “truth” or “dare.”  

Download Truth or Dare PDF 

Valentines Round-Up

Posted by Merrily James on Feb 11, 2019 12:22:06 PM

 

 

Download Valentines Songs (5 Levels)

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Download Chase My Heart Game (steps and skips)

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Valentines Composing Pre-Reading

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Valentines Composing On Staff

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Valentines Day Cards

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SuperJAM Practice Aids

Posted by Merrily James on Jan 14, 2019 11:09:39 PM

SuperJAM season is upon us, and that means asking students to practice lots of repetitions. Below are 3 practice aids to help make it fun! 

1. Have students collect signatures of each person they practice their piece from. You can even print on stickers so that the student can put it on their workbook.  

Download Showcase Signatures

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2. Reward your students with 4 types of "WunderMoney" : Fantastic Focus, Marvelous Music Making, Remarkable Rhythm, and Wonderful Work.

Download WunderMoney 

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3. Use punchcards for each song to encourage repetition. 

Download Punch Card PDF 

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Note Reading Ruckus

Posted by Merrily James on Jan 8, 2019 12:17:58 AM

Note Reading Ruckus Game File 1

Note Reading Ruckus Game File 2

Players: 2 players

Musical Objective: To move a game marker to any square on the top row of the game board

Game Objective: To reinforce note reading in G position

Setting It Up: 

Players should sit beside one another with the game board placed in front and the deck of playing cards placed to the side. Player 1 should place his game marker on the square in the bottom row marked with a green dot and Player 2 should place her game marker on the square in the bottom row marked with a white dot.

Materials: One game board, two small game markers (buttons), 18 Note Cards

Playing The Game:

  1. Player 1 draws the top card from the deck of playing cards, names the note on the back of the card, and then performs any one of the following moves:

    1. He moves his game marker forward to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card.

    2. He moves his game marker to the left to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card.

    3. He moves his game marker to the right to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card.

    4. He moves his game marker backward to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card. This move usually represents a “last resort” option.

    5. He uses the dry erase pen to color in any square on the game board containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card. This creates a “blocked square” that players must move around in subsequent turns.

  2. When moving his game marker in a selected direction, Player 1 must go to the closest matching square; sliding (skipping) over squares that do not match the name of the note image on the playing card.

  3. During any one turn, Player 1 may only move his game marker in a straight line. He cannot move diagonally 

A Hero Returns

Posted by Merrily James on Dec 17, 2018 1:04:37 PM

Instructions:

1. Teach your student the Rhythm 1, if they get it quickly teach Rhythm 2 as well. 

2. Play the piece while your student performs the rhythm

3. If the piece is an appropriate level for your student, teach them to play the piece while you perform the rhythmic parts. 

4. Leave them a copy of the rhythms so that they can perform with family and friends. 

Download A Hero Returns

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Thanksgiving Resource Round-Up

Posted by Merrily James on Nov 15, 2018 12:08:42 PM

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your students using great composing activities, games, and worksheets!

Pre-Reading Composing - download PDF

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On Staff Composing - download PDF 

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Save the Turkey - download PDF

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Chasing the Turkey Board Game - download PDF

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Color Mr. Turkey - download PDF

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Funny Thanksgiving Food - download PDF

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Thanksgiving Crossword - download PDF

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Thanksgiving Harvest (Major or Minor) - download PDF

Thanksgiving Harvest Ear Training Worksheet

 

Pilgrim's Key Signature Crossing - download PDF 

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Rainbow Robber (Beginning Rhythm Game)

Posted by Merrily James on Sep 26, 2018 2:54:32 PM

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Click Here to Download Rainbow Robber PDF

Players: Materials: 2 players one laminated game board, six coins, two dice, 18 playing cards

Musical Objective: To reinforce recognition of note values in 4/4 time

Game Objective: To steal coins from an opponent’s pot of gold

Setting It Up: Players should sit beside one another with the deck of cards placed between. Each player should have a die. Three coins should be placed over the squirrel image and three coins should be placed over the leprechaun image.

Playing The Game:
1) To begin, one player removes the top card from the deck and flips it over to reveal an image of a note value.
2) At this point, the game becomes a race. Step 3 below, while explained for Player 1 only, will be performed by both players simultaneously.
3) As soon as the note value in Step 1 is revealed, Player 1 determines the number of beats the note value receives in 4/4 time and then attempts to roll the corresponding number on her die.
4) The first player to roll the corresponding number on her die wins the round. If the winner is the student, a coin is taken from the leprechaun’s pot of gold and placed on the squirrel’s pot of gold. If the winner is the teacher, a coin is taken from the squirrel's pot of gold and placed on the leprechaun’s pot of gold.
5) Players repeat Steps 1 to 4 until all of the coins have been removed from one pot of gold (the player who has lost all of her coins loses) or all cards are removed from the deck (the player with the most coins wins).

*To speed this game up I give my students 3 rolls with the dice to try to match the note value, and myself one try (they usually win quickly!). No dice? No problem! My students have been obsessed with this free virtual dice from the app store. 

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Beethoven in Bits

Posted by Merrily James on Jun 7, 2018 11:55:52 AM

This is a cool printable puzzle activity from WunderKeys that will give your teenagers the break they deserve while improving their sight reading skills and their understanding of motives, motives in repetition and motives in sequence.

  1. Print and laminate Beethoven’s Portrait Puzzle found here. Important: Read the printing tips at the bottom of this post. The portrait is divided into nine “puzzle pieces”. Before cutting out the puzzle pieces, examine the back of the portrait with your student and complete the following steps:
    1. Look at the first musical excerpt (numbered “1”). This is a motive.
    2. Look at the musical excerpt next to this motive. This excerpt is Motive #1 in repetition. This means a portion of the motive has been repeated.
    3. Look at the final musical excerpt in this row. This excerpt is Motive #1 in sequence. This means the motive has been transposed to a higher or lower setting.
  2. Repeat the steps above for Motive #2 and Motive #3.
  3. Next, cut out the puzzle pieces, shuffle them and then spread them out on the floor with the musical excerpts facing up.
  4. On the word, “Go”, start the timer and have your student arrange the musical excerpts in the order that they appeared before the puzzle was cut into pieces. Hint: Remind them that the motive in repetition follows the original motive and the motive in sequence follows the motive in repetition.
  5. When your student believes the puzzle pieces are in the correct order, have her flip each piece over (being sure to keep the pieces in their positions). If the musical excerpts were arranged correctly, Beethoven’s portrait should appear in the correct facial order. If there are any mistakes your student must flip the cards over and make the appropriate corrections.
  6. When the cards have been flipped over and correctly display Beethoven’s portrait, stop the timer. In future games, the student can attempt to beat her time.

Important Printing Tips:

This activity only works if the double-sided printing is done correctly. If done incorrectly, Beethoven’s face will look like a Picasso. So, when manually printing the file, put the paper into your printer with the leading edge first and print Page 1. Then place the paper face down and feed it back into the printer with the leading edge first again. Note: The edge of the page that goes into the printer first is called the leading edge. If it’s easier, mark the leading edge before printing Page 1 so that you can locate it again when printing Page 2.

If this spacial challenge gives you a headache, try this: Download File 2 here. Print it out as two separate pages. Paste the pages back to back, laminate them and cut them out. Note: This method will only work with File 2.