Category Archives: music theory

Freebie: Identifying Intervals worksheets

Before I talk about the interval worksheets, I’d like to announce the five winners of the NoteWorks app for iPhone giveaway: Jane Lisa MaryBeth Laura Kristina Bowman Congrats!  Winners, please check your inbox for an email from me. I have a couple of freebies to share today. Remember my article about intervalic reading?  As mentioned […]

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Music Keys Matching Worksheets & More

Some months ago, I found these fun keys at a craft store for $1 each.  I bought 12 of them.  (Can you tell where this is going?)  :)

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Ice Cream Interval game

Check out the newest item added to the ColorInMyPiano Shop! Being able to read notes on the staff intervallically is crucial for sight-reading.  I like to tell my students that reading music is at least 80% interval reading, and only 20% note identification.  To help my students learn to identify intervals quickly upon sight, I […]

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Learning Triads & The Happy Birthday Song

To follow up on my post from last week about my last group class (we call them “Piano Parties”), I wanted to share about the other two activities we did. We started with this fun triad worksheet from Pianimation.com.  This worksheet was a good reinforcement about what they learned from playing their major five-finger patterns, […]

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Piano Keyboard Printable

Today, I’m sharing a simple but useful freebie: I call it the Piano Keyboard Printable. I love using my wooden/foam silent keyboards during group classes (both Piano Readiness or Homeschool Music Classes) and for theory worksheets/activities at my Piano Parties — but sometimes I just want paper, so I designed this printable.  I printed and laminated […]

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Easy DIY Music Whiteboard

This has got to be one of the most-used DIY projects I’ve ever made! Music whiteboards cost a pretty penny in music catalogues, so I decided to make my own.  I bought this 8.5×11” frame from IKEA for under $3.  I chose one that had plexiglass instead of glass, so that I won’t have to […]

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Freebie: Line & Space Notes Worksheet

I’ve added a new free worksheet to the Printables page today! This Line & Space Notes Worksheet is intended for use with beginner students who are first being introduced to the staff notation.  Understanding line and space notes is important not only for understanding how staff notation works in general, but it is also an […]

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Review: NoteWorks iPad app & Giveaway

Noteworks – (Links: Free iPhone version, full iPhone version for $4.99, Free iPad version, full iPad version for $4.99)   This app is designed for students to practice identifying notes on the staff and finding the corresponding piano keys.  Noteworks features an adorable little “Munchy” who eats the notes when the student identifies the notes correctly!

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So, You Want To Be A Composer? – 2012 Summer Camp Details

Last week, I held my second summer music camp for my piano students!  It was called, “So, You Want To Be A Composer?”  I am so excited to share with you some details about our camp.  We had a really great week! Here’s where all the magic happened:

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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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Music Worksheet: Identifying Space & Line Notes on the Staff

Here’s a new free music worksheet that I just added to the Printables page: This worksheet introduces the idea of identifying the space notes on the staff using the mnemonics FACE and All Cows Eat Grass.  These are the only two mnemonics I use.  I don’t teach separate mnemonics for the line notes anymore (like […]

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Just Added: Treble & Bass Clef Worksheet

Today, a new worksheet was added to the Printables page, all about the treble clef and bass clef!   This worksheet uses dotted lines to teach the student how to draw the treble clef and bass clef. I also included a couple of illustrations in this worksheet showing the development of the clefs over the […]

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