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Signs for Beginner Piano
» 1.4 MiB - 21,712 hits - 10 September 2012
This 11-page pdf contains a collection of 8.5 x 11 inch signs to print for use with beginner students in class or private lesson settings. They can be held up while teaching a new concept, hung on the wall, or used for various games with your students. The signs illustrate the names of the white keys on the piano, piano fingering, a chart of rhythm values, treble/bass clef, line/space notes, and the dynamics. Read more here.
» 1.1 MiB - 9,587 hits - 2 July 2012
This pdf contains four different spinners that may be useful for a variety of games: (1) The letters of the musical alphabet; (2) notes/rests; (3) Intervals unison through fifth; (4) a simplified version of notes/rests so that there are no eighth notes. All you have to do is print, laminate (optional), and install a spinner (available at teacher supply stores or the scrapbooking section of craft stores). Stay tuned - I will probably be adding more spinners in the future!
Staff Paper & More
» 2.1 MiB - 7,173 hits - 2 July 2013
This multi-page pdf contains various types of staff paper to be used on the iPad or tablet of your choice in conjunction with an annotation app such as GoodNotes. Once uploaded, you can draw and erase upon the staff backgrounds like using a whiteboard. Click here to learn more about uploading files to an app such as GoodNotes.
Staff Paper - A-J
» 180.5 KiB - 16,110 hits - 22 July 2012
This pdf contains 10 different sizes of staff paper. The other sizes are suitable for students of various ages, for any type of composition or theory assignment. I laminated a few copies of the largest size of staff paper (A), and enjoy using it for theory games with group classes. We use colorful glass gems as the notes for the staff, or use a dry erase marker.
Staff Paper -- Large Staff for Simple Compositions
» 28.4 KiB - 8,929 hits - 4 November 2011
This large staff paper is appropriate for use with young students. I use this paper when teaching about reading staff notation for the first time. With students, together we notate a simple composition they create on-the-spot at the piano. After getting the notes down, we use colorful markers to label the notes (A, B, C, etc) and write in finger numbers, so they can continue playing their compositions at home. Students love the idea of being composers!
Staff Paper for Composing with Stickers
» 93.0 KiB - 11,838 hits - 27 February 2012
I love having my piano students compose their own music, even when they are young beginners. I try to make it easy and fun for them. The pdf contains a variety of various sizes of staff paper for use with any stickers you might find. On the bottom of each page in the pdf, it indicates what size stickers you'll need with each sheet of staff paper.
Student Assessment Template
» 119.5 KiB - 10,852 hits - 21 May 2012
This template is designed for completing end-of-the-year assessments of your piano students. It is intended to help communicate to the student and parent about the progress the student is making in various areas and the goals that you as a teacher have in mind for them in upcoming months. It is a bit like a report card, but with no actual grades. I used a fun, handwriting font called "Architect's Daughter" to help distinguish my comments from the template. Check out the full blog post about this template here.
Student Scheduling Preferences
» 134.6 KiB - 7,672 hits - 16 August 2011
This 2-page document includes an empty scheduling table that allows students/parents to fill in their schedule and indicated their top 5 choices for lesson times, and to X out any times that will not work. The first page is for the school year schedule and the second page is for the summer schedule. This file is a Microsoft Word (docx) file, so it can be suitably edited to your needs. There is room at the top of each page for your studio name or logo.
Students Listed by Level
» 31.0 KiB - 1,014 hits - 27 January 2016
This handy PDF can help you create an overview of your current students' playing abilities, organized by level. This process can be helpful to the teacher not only when choosing recital repertoire for student performances, but it also for creating a benchmark to compare to previous and future years.
Studio Planning Calendar
» 35.7 KiB - 6,877 hits - 29 August 2011
I needed some kind of calendar to keep track of both short-term and long-term studio-related projects...and came up with this! Each month has space for 8 dates or "to-do" items, such as piano tunings, recital plans, monthly newsletters, advertising, and summer camp planning. The check boxes are so you can "check off" those to-do items with the utmost satisfaction.
Studio Policies & Procedures (Sample)
» 251.6 KiB - 11,216 hits - 16 August 2011
This Microsoft Word (docx) file is a editable sample Studio Policies & Procedures.
Studio T-Shirt Design Idea Printable
» 229.8 KiB - 655 hits - 5 May 2017
I use this printable for students to submit their design ideas for our studio T-shirt each year. They can draw their idea on the sheet and then other students can leave their votes in the box at the bottom.
To view the original blog post about this printable, click here.
Summer Lesson and Camp Selection form
» 143.4 KiB - 1,315 hits - 3 June 2016
This is the form I have been handing out to my students for the past couple of years in order to present summertime lessons and camps options. On the top of the form, there is space to present the music camp descriptions and dates/times. On the bottom of the form, students can make their selection regarding summer lessons and camps. I provide my students with a few package options to choose from, while expecting them to continue making the normal tuition payments each month. This gives us both the flexibility and consistency we need for summertime.
Swat-A-Rhythm game (with variations)
» 161.1 KiB - 8,175 hits - 7 May 2013
This pdf contains instructions and "bug cards" (for tracking points) for playing the Swat-A-Rhythm game. You will need a fly swatter for each student and a few rhythm cards to put out on the floor. After the teacher claps one of the rhythm cards, the students must race to swat the correct card. The first student to swat the correct card wins a bug card. The student with the most bug cards at the end is the winner. There are many possible variations to this game, including Swat-A-Note, Swat-A-Piano-Key, Swat-An-Interval, Swat-A-Melody, and Swat-A-Term. Read more about this game at this post.
The Amazing Keyboard Race game
» 1.3 MiB - 8,936 hits - 15 March 2012
Here are instructions for playing what I like to call "The Amazing Keyboard Race game." It's a great game for beginners who need more practice remembering the letter names of the piano keys. You just need a piano (or silent keyboard), some game pieces, and a way to randomly select letters of the musical keyboard. You and your student(s) can race across the keyboard to see who reaches the treble side first!
Treble & Bass Clef Dot-To-Dot Worksheets
» 68.0 KiB - 26,070 hits - 7 June 2012
To teach my beginner students how to draw and recognize the treble and bass clef, I created this pair of dot-to-dot worksheet for the treble and bass clefs. The dots and numbers are nice and big for little eyes to see. Enjoy!
Treble Clef and Bass Clef Worksheet
» 159.3 KiB - 20,883 hits - 5 March 2012
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 centuries. Our modern clefs still bear some resemblance to the letters G and F, which can be a helpful tool for students for remembering those landmark notes. Students will find this bit of history interesting and memorable as they learn about the clefs!
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
» 46.8 KiB - 6,570 hits - 14 April 2013
This pdf is a simple arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Younger students can simply play the two-handed melody as written. Older students can play the entire melody in the RH and accompany with a LH accompaniment, reading the chord symbols provided above the staff. Or, two students can play a duet with one student playing the melody, and the other playing a two-handed chordal accompaniment.
Weekly Schedule -- Spreadsheet
» 152.4 KiB - 4,274 hits - 3 January 2015
This spreadsheet is a Numbers file (for Mac or iPad). Although I managed my daily calendar in Google calendar, I also like to maintain a spreadsheet that I can reference and print. I keep this spreadsheet saved in iCloud, which allows everything to stay synced between my MacBook Pro and iPad Mini. It is convenient to be able edit my weekly schedule from either device. When a new semester begins, I duplicate the previous sheet and edit the cells to reflect any changes in my schedule.
Whiteboard Background - for 8.5x11'' Plexiglass Frame
» 20.7 KiB - 6,892 hits - 26 February 2013
Music whiteboards cost a pretty penny in music catalogues, so I decided to make my own. I bought this 8.5x11'' frame from IKEA for under $3. I chose one that had plexiglass instead of glass, so that I won't have to worry about it breaking if it gets dropped. The frame is a sturdy plastic. On my computer, I designed the staff and keyboard pictures on a horizontal piece of paper, printed it, and inserted it into the frame. Easy! Click here to read more about how I use this frame when teaching.
Whiteboard Music Trivia
» 88.1 KiB - 6,113 hits - 5 March 2013
This pdf contains a checklist of beginner-level questions to ask students when playing Whiteboard Music Trivia. To play the game, divide students into teams and give each team a music whiteboard (you can read about making your own whiteboard using a frame here). Each time you ask a question from the checklist, team members should work together to come up with the right answer to write on their whiteboard. The first team to hold up their whiteboard with the correct answer earns a point. Read more about this game here.
Write In The Barlines #1
» 33.4 KiB - 19,401 hits - 28 March 2010
This worksheet is intended for the late elementary / early intermediate level student, to practice understanding the concepts of measures, ties, barlines, and meters in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time.
Write In The Barlines #2
» 32.5 KiB - 13,009 hits - 5 April 2010
This worksheet is intended for the late elementary / early intermediate student, to practice understanding the concepts of measures, ties, barlines, and meters in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8 time.