Conferences, Printables

Printables Inspired by Irina Gorin’s Workshop

After attending Irina Gorin’s 2015 workshop in Fishers, Indiana, I was inspired to create a series of free printables relating to her ideas and teaching approach. Here they are!

On p. 20 of Irina’s method, Tales of a Musical Journey, there is a neat activity where the student learns to play the “EIEIO” part from the familiar Old McDonald tune by rote, using the three black keys and finger three. Irina usually improvises the rest of the song on the piano or uses the accompanying CD track. I decided to write out the teacher duet part and share it here, in case you, like me, prefer having the sheet music on hand as a reference!

Download it here or at the Printables > Sheet Music page:

  Old McDonald Teacher Duet Part (48.1 KiB, 6,646 hits)

The next printable is a set of poetry cards. Irina likes to use short, easy poetry to teach students to speak clearly and expressively with words — a skill they will later use with music. My thought was that it would be convenient to print these little poems as a set of cards for use both at home and during the lesson.

Download it here or on the Printables > Other Resources page:

  Poetry for Rhythmic Expression (380.7 KiB, 6,633 hits)

In her workshop, Irina mentioned a few (non-musical) activities that can help students improve their focus, concentration, and memory skills. One activity was to give students a page with random single-digit numbers all over it and ask them to circle all of the 2’s (or whatever number you choose). I decided to make a music note version of this sheet because I thought it would be fun to for students to do while in the waiting room area of my studio. I printed it two-sided, laminated the sheet, and plan to pair it with a dry erase marker.

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  Circling Fun Sheets (38.6 KiB, 19,743 hits)

Here is the fourth and last printable. During her workshop, Irina suggested showing students clipart of horseback riders to draw correlations to sitting at the piano. Looking at these silhouettes, the student can consider the support and connection needed through the feet, sit bones, and arms. Your students who have ridden horses before will especially enjoy this activity! 

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  Piano Posture - Horseback Rider Image Cards (358.0 KiB, 4,119 hits)

I’m looking forward to trying out these new resources next week when my Fall teaching schedule resumes. It’s always great to have some fresh ideas and printables to use while kicking off the new school year, isn’t it? Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Printables Inspired by Irina Gorin’s Workshop”

  1. Thanks for more great printables! I especially like the poetry card idea – never thought to try that, but it makes sense that hearing rhythm in words would help students hear rhythm in music! 🙂

  2. Joy, do you use the poetry cards with any particular unit in Piano Adventures? I am thinking level 2A phrasing unit. your opinion and practise? perhaps unit 1 eighth notes for rhythmic dictation.


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