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Staff Paper & More
» 2.1 MiB - 10,411 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 - 20,445 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 - 10,568 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 - 14,012 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.
Sticky Notes Template
» 44.2 KiB - 7,722 hits - 23 July 2018
Did you know there is a way to safely send sticky notes through your inkjet printer? Here's a user-friendly Microsoft Word template that will allow you to print whatever you'd like on 3''x3'' sticky notes (I recommend using the "Super Sticky" Post-it notes instead of regular Post-its. Here's a link to a package of "Super Sticky" Post-it notes in my favorite color set. Just imagine all the cool things you could create by printing on sticky notes. 😀 Click here to view the original blog post about this printable. Also be sure to check out the "Notes To Self" wall art kit available in my shop -- a fun way to build positivity and camaraderie within your music studio.
Student Assessment Template
» 119.5 KiB - 14,723 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 - 9,297 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 - 1,843 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 - 8,291 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 - 13,270 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 - 1,535 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 - 2,604 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 - 11,246 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 - 11,658 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 - 34,590 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 - 26,732 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 - 9,279 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 - 6,579 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.
Welcome Poster for Piano Studio
» 158.9 KiB - 250 hits - 28 June 2021
When students come for their first lesson, it's helpful to "train" them, so to speak, regarding your expectations such as removing shoes, washing hands, etc.. After welcoming students at the door, this involves just stating something like: "Whenever you arrive in the future, I'd like you to remove your shoes here, wash your hands here, and then head to the piano!" I thought it might be useful to post a friendly poster with these reminders to help students remember what to do the first few times they arrive until it becomes a habit. I laminated it and use poster putty to hang it where it will be easily seen. I created a few different variations of the poster, in case you might like to use it! I've included versions with and without masks (for pandemic times and non-pandemic times). And there are versions included for using hand sanitizer versus washing hands in a sink. Read more about this printable here.
What Do YOU Hear? - Rhythm Patterns game set
» 1.2 MiB - 1,315 hits - 1 January 2000
This set contains two pages: rhythm patterns in duple meter and rhythm patterns in triple meter. The teacher chants a rhythm pattern as students listen. Students echo it back and then identify which rhythm pattern they heard from the sheet. If you have a group of students in a Zoom call, you can ask them to each choose a different "stamp" from the stamp tool (stars, hearts, checkmark, etc.) so they can visually mark which rhythm pattern they heard. Or, it also works to ask them to use hand signs (for example, if they heard rhythm pattern C, they will make a "C" shape with their hands). A print-friendly version of this PDF is also available. Learn more here.
What Do YOU Hear? - Rhythm Patterns game set
» 513.0 KiB - 1,515 hits - 1 January 2000
This set contains two pages: rhythm patterns in duple meter and rhythm patterns in triple meter. The teacher chants a rhythm pattern as students listen. Students echo it back and then identify which rhythm pattern they heard from the sheet. If you have a group of students in a Zoom call, you can ask them to each choose a different "stamp" from the stamp tool (stars, hearts, checkmark, etc.) so they can visually mark which rhythm pattern they heard. Or, it also works to ask them to use hand signs (for example, if they heard rhythm pattern C, they will make a "C" shape with their hands). A colorful version of this PDF is also available for iPad. Learn more here.
Whiteboard Background - for 8.5x11'' Plexiglass Frame
» 20.7 KiB - 8,912 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 - 8,329 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 - 24,394 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 - 16,632 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.