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Worksheet: About the Piano Scavenger Hunt

Last Saturday, I held the last Piano Party (monthly group class) for the school year.  Our theme was to talk about the piano as an instrument: how it makes sound, types of piano, why the piano must be tuned, etc. Here is a simple worksheet I used at the beginning of class to kick things […]

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Moving Adventures

My husband and I have been happily renting this house for the past three years: This Spring, we decided we were interested in buying our own house.  We were pre-approved for a mortgage and started shopping. Finding a house with a good space for my studio was a priority.  We found a great house in Perrysburg, […]

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In Snowy Weather…Teaching Via FaceTime/Skype

This is what it looks like outside our house today: Much of the U.S. is currently experiencing a “polar vortex.”  Here in Ohio, there is around 8 inches of snow on the ground and the wind chill has been around -35 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime.  Local schools and universities have cancelled classes yesterday and […]

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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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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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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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Music Dice & More from ThePracticeShoppe.com

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a wonderful little online shop called The Practice Shoppe. Leslie, the owner, is a Suzuki violin teacher/mom.  She sells a variety of fun things in her shop to help make lessons and practice fun for students. I ordered a few of her wonderful music dice, which are […]

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Jumbo Note-Naming Flashcards

There are quite a few places you can download and print free music note-naming flashcards.  Anne Crosby’s website and Susan Paradis’ website come to mind, for example.  However, I recently realized that I wanted a set of jumbo-sized cards, to use with my Piano Readiness classes. I can hold up these jumbo-sized cards during class and my […]

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Rhythm Train Game

I love being able to print out rhythm cards for my students to practice at home.  I can give them just a few cards to start, and add more advanced rhythms and time signatures as needed.  My students store their cards in a zipper bag and bring them to their lessons each week. At first, […]

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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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DIY Project: Recital Countdown!

Do you have any 4×6 photo frames lying around?  It’s time to put one to good use! This do-it-yourself project will help remind your students about upcoming studio events each time they come for their piano lesson.  :) Materials: 4×6 photo frame Printed background (download the free jpg file on the Printables > Other Resources […]

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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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