Floor Staff Activity: Introduction to the Grand Staff

Remember last February when I created this DIY floor staff?  I thought I’d share a little activity that shows how I used it recently with my Piano Readiness Class.

(Don’t mind my cat, Coda, who totally photo-bombed this photo.  :)

The two students I was working with have already learned to identify high and low sounds when we sing or listen to music, and can recognize the treble and bass clef symbols.  I showed them the floor staff (which they were totally excited about), and asked them to count the number lines and spaces with me.  I demonstrated that notes can either be line notes or space notes.  Then, I put the treble clef and bass clef on the floor staff, for high and low sounds.

After that introduction, I handed each student a foam disc (you can find these in the craft section at many stores) and gave them two directions: (1) line or space note, and (2) high or low note.  After placing notes on the staff in this way for a while, they realized there were also “middle” notes, so we started doing that too.  Then we started doing it backwards: I asked them to put a note anywhere they wanted, and to tell me whether it was a line/space note and whether it was high/middle/low.

This turned out to be a fun little activity for introducing the staff to a couple of four-year-olds!  The next step will be to associate the alphabet names to the lines and spaces.  :)

PG
Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Perrysburg, Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. ColorInMyPiano.com serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted 30 November 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    That is such a great idea! Thanks!

  2. Posted 30 November 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I love how colorful all of your foam circles are! I’m going to have to go pick some of those up for my floor staff. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Posted 1 December 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I love the cat! I think Coda should be your mascot and appear in many photos, worksheet/activities, etc. What a fun way to involve the kids personally!

    • Posted 3 December 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Maybe I will! My students do really love Coda — I bet they would love to see her show up in their worksheets/etc.! Thanks for the idea.

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