Monthly Archives: June 2012

2012 Musical Olympics Camp – Day 4

Here’s some photos to enjoy from our final day of Musical Olympics Camp.  Since it was our last day, I invited the students’ parents to come and watch our last hour of camp.  We re-played a few of our favorite games from the week, and also had an Olympic Awards Ceremony.  More details below. Our […]

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2012 Musical Olympics Camp – Day 3

Here’s some photos to enjoy from Day 3 of my Musical Olympics camp: Our first game was the Build-A-Keyboard Interval Challenge.  To prepare, I drew a large keyboard on the cement for each team using chalk.  I gave each team two spinners: a musical alphabet one, and an interval spinner (unison through 5th).  Each of […]

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2012 Musical Olympics Camp – Day 2

We had great weather on Day 2 of our camp last week! Our first game of the day was Sheryl Welles’ fabulous Musical Alphabet Noodle Relay!  For this relay, team members must travel via the noodle to retrieve alphabet flags from the ground and bring them back to the starting point.  For the first round, […]

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2012 Musical Olympics Camp – Day 1

Last week, I held a Musical Olympics camp for my students and it was a great success!  We had such a fun week and I received a lot of positive feedback from the students and parents.  I will definitely continue doing similar camps in future years! Over the course of this week, I’m going to […]

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Summer Camp Is Here!

This week, I’m holding my first camp of the summer!  It’s the Musical Olympics camp, and we had our first day of activities this morning.  Unfortunately, it’s been raining all morning so we had to play the games in the garage instead of outdoors.  I’m crossing my fingers for better weather the rest of the […]

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Treble & Bass Clef Dot-To-Dot Worksheets

Here’s a new worksheet I just added to the Printables page: To teach my beginner students how to draw and recognize the treble and bass clef, I created this pair of dot-to-dot worksheets for the treble and bass clefs.  The dots and numbers are nice and big for little eyes to see! To download, visit […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music is the medicine of the breaking heart.” — Leigh Hunt Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog in the form of a musical quote or joke, intended to bring inspiration or humor to the middle of your week. Have suggestions? Send me a message here.

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Forum Q&A | End-Of-The-Year Tasks

I’ve let a few weeks go by again without doing a Forum Q&A, so I think it’s high time for another!  :)  Last time, we discussed attending conferences but only received a few comments.  Feel free to add your thoughts. The school year is wrapping up — at least for those of us in the […]

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Teaching Phrase: “I Think You Are Ready For…”

Here is a phrase I find myself use more and more lately with my students: “I think you are ready for…”   Imagine me saying it with plenty of enthusiasm.  This phrase comes in handy in a number of circumstances, such as: “Wow, you’ve got all your 5-finger patterns learned, so I think you are […]

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Summer Music Camp T-Shirts!

The T-shirts for my summer music camps arrived yesterday! I’m so pleased with how they turned out. Take a peek: The company I ordered the shirts from is CustomInk, and am very pleased with the quality.  They even have an artist check out your design to make sure it will look okay when printed. I have […]

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