As I mentioned last week, during my recent Piano Party/recital rehearsal I gave a listening sheet to my young beginners to complete as they listened to their fellow students perform. Here’s what it looked like: I put each sheet in a plastic sheet protector and gave them a dry erase marker with a piece of [...]
Here’s a fun movement/rhythm game to play with a group of students which I learned from a Dalcroze Eurhythmics instructor. I call it the “Rhythm Magnet Game.” The great thing about this game is that it helps students learn to associate the sound/experience of each rhythm value with it’s corresponding notation. In Dalcroze and other methodologies (such [...]
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Some teaching thoughts about keeping students focused on the sound they are creating, rather than becoming too sight-oriented with what’s written on the page. Music is, after all, an art form chiefly for the ears, so students should be learning to use their ears!
The first look at a new piece is crucial. As accomplished pianists/teachers, we automatically know to scan the piece to check the time signature, key signature, texture, composer, title, etc. before playing through a piece. Of course, we were trained to go through those steps before sightreading through a piece. Before having students sightread, what do [...]
Just added to the Printables page: “The Listen & Sign Game.” This printable corresponds to the game originally described in this post – a game I used in a Piano Mini-Camp held about a month ago.
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In continuation of a description of the music theory activities at our Piano Mini-Camp a few weeks ago, here are more details concerning the activities we used: Rhythm Dictation Game This rhythm dictation game by Natalie was a real hit with the students! I printed off two sets of cards and put the students into [...]
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