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Printable Chart for the Note Rush App

Ever since downloading Note Rush for iPhone/iPad (read my review here), my students and I have been having a blast using the app to improve fluency in corresponding pitches notated on the staff to the keyboard. (By the way, did you know that Note Rush is now available for Android platforms?) Just for fun, I started keeping track of each student’s […]

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Video: Playing the Ice Cream Interval Game

During a recent lesson, I used my Ice Cream Interval Game — one of my favorite games for piano teaching — to reinforce and improve my student’s visual recognition of the intervals unison, second, third, fourth, and fifth in staff notation. Today, I thought I’d share a three-minute video clip of the activity. Here is what you’ll see in the video: […]

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Drawers for Organizing Music Games

Last year, I blogged about the drawer system I use for organizing my music games. It so important to be able to easily find the needed teaching materials during lessons! Since moving last summer, I ended up updating my drawer categories somewhat. This drawer unit is from IKEA, by the way. I’m always tweaking my organization […]

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Easter Egg Matching Music Game

Earlier this week, I blogged about my April 2015 studio class “Piano Party.” We concluded our Piano Party with a new game, which I created based on a teacher’s idea posted in the Piano Teacher FunMakers group on facebook. The game is simple: buy a package of plastic easter eggs and draw music symbols and […]

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November 2014 Piano Party & Heartbeat Chart Printable

The day after Halloween, I held a Piano Party (monthly group class) with my students.  I took advantage of the holiday to have a Fall/Halloween theme and invited students to wear their Halloween costumes if desired. We began, as always, by watching a video on YouTube.  This time, I picked Jarrod Radnich’s transcription of the Harry Potter […]

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New in the Shop: Ice Cream Intervals Extension Pack

I know it’s been quiet around the blog lately!  Last summer was one of those summers where I said “yes” to too many commitments and over-extended myself.  I’m actually quite relieved to be in a “normal” Fall teaching schedule.  Recently, I’ve been wrapping up a few projects which I hope will allow me to blog […]

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Organizing Games

One of the questions that arose during the presentation about music games (see the handout here) that I gave last week for the Summit County OMTA chapter and at the 2014 conference was… How do you organize your games? You may remember some months back when I blogged about finding this little filing cabinet […]

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Games Handout

I recently gave presentations about music games to the Summit County OhioMTA and the conference.  I thought perhaps some of you might be interested in seeing the handout, which I have posted here on my personal website,  The links in the handout all lead directly to the games and printables being discussed. Enjoy! […]

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New Facebook Group: Piano Teacher FunMakers

Susan Paradis recently created a brand new group on Facebook called, “Piano Teacher FunMakers.”  It is a discussion group for piano teachers who like to get students off the bench and teach music with hands-on activities.  The goal of the group is to share games that work, places to get games and activities, ways to store […]

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Large Keyboard printable

At last Saturday’s Piano Party, I wanted to play the Spell-A-Keyboard game with my students as a team game, but indoors.  Since I couldn’t draw keyboards with chalk as I did when we played the game outdoors, I realized that I needed to come up with some other way to provide a floor keyboard for […]

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September 2013 Piano Party

Last week was a busy week and I didn’t manage to get a single blog post posted!  Hope you missed me — I’m back!  ;) On Saturday, I held a kick-off Pizza Piano Party with my students who are under age 14.  My goal with this get-together was for students to get to know each […]

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Keyboard Rollin’ Game

I wanted to create a note-naming game for my waiting room area, and this is what I came up with: the Keyboard Rollin’ Game. There are two gameboards to choose from, depending on if you would like to practice treble clef notes or bass clef notes.

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