When I first posted Rhythm Pizza it was one of my most popular printables. Teachers from all around the world wrote to me about how using this hands-on approach helped teach rhythm values. Over the years it seems to be forgotten, buried in long ago posts. You can find the original post here.
After I shared my frustrations in trying to cut circles in foam board, one teacher left a comment that it would have been easier for me to cut it with kitchen shears. Also if foam board sounds too hard to use, try gluing it to sheets of craft foam, which unlike foam board, is really easy to cut. Or you can just laminate and use it without the 3-D effect. However, gluing it to foam board really makes it easier for children to manipulate.
Anyway, I hope you will give it a try because it is really a great way to explain note values to children who haven’t learned fractions yet. If you’ve ever asked a student how many quarter notes is equal to a half note and received a blank stare, you know what I mean. If they are in elementary school, it could be they have not yet been introduced to the concept of fractions, so you have to do that. Piano teachers are so used to gifted children that sometimes we forget many children don’t learn fractions until 4th grade. Rhythm Pizza works really well to get the concept across, plus you are giving them a head start in math. If students learn what notes equal instead of how many beats the notes receive, then it works for all time signatures. Two eighths always equals one quarter note.
Here is another free recital cover and template for you to use at your spring recital, but this one is a folded recital program. You can use the cover “as is” without typing anything on the front. Or, you can open it in Adobe Readerand personalize it like the picture above. This program is for teachers who are experienced with making folded programs and are comfortable with tables inWord.For a simple editable program, check out the one page program template I posted last week.
The template for the inside of the folded program can be edited in Word. I hope this doesn’t confuse anyone, but the cover with the art is editable in Adobe Reader, and the inside of the program with the student names, composer, and title is editable in Word.
Instructions for the cover of the folded program
Open in Adobe Reader.
Using the graphic above as a guide, put your cursor at the top. You will type in the light blue box.
Type the name of your studio.
Move you cursor down to the bottom under the green balloon. You can type the location, date, and time.
Print the cover.
Instructions for the inside of the folded program
Open the Editable Recital Template in Word.
To use the template, use the tab key to move across each cell. Type over what I have written with your students’ information. If one of your song titles is too long, you can either reduce the font size slightly of only that title, or change the size of the cell, if you’re handy with tables.
The light gray lines for the table will not show up when printed. If you do not see the table lines, select “view guidelines” in the table layout menu.
Delete the text you do not need.
Change the heading to the name of your recital.
If you prefer a really simple black and white folded program that doesn’t use much ink, check out this one: Recital Program Cover. You can use light colored paper for a more festive look!
All the music in my store comes with an unlimited printing license within your personal studio.
A Dangerous Situation is a fast intermediate piece in A minor, filled with mystery and suspense that will become a student favorite. If you have a student who is struggling to practice two-octave scales, this appealing piece will capture their imagination and get them going. This and my other new release, Far From Home, is on sale until Sunday midnight.
My students are my biggest supporters when it comes to the music I write for them so I usually play snippets of whatever I am currently working on. This one really captured their imagination. They gave it the highest of praise when they said it sounded like video game music. That’s not what I was thinking when I wrote it. I was thinking of, well, a dangerous situation, but in another world, another time, a fantasy place. Now that I think about it, it certainly could be a situation in a video game. Then as I was looking for cover art, I found the art above, which I think sums it up the mood I was going for.
If sounding like video game music will encourage students to play this, that’s great! It has two octave scale fingerings, arpeggios, sixteenth notes and patterns directly from classical sonatinas. Fingering, dynamics, and articulations are carefully thought out and marked. If you need a release for festivals, send me an email and I will send you a PDF you can print for your association.
With spring recitals just around the corner, I decided to post a new, free recital program that you can edit in Word. I’m also posting the art that you can use along with it. The balloon in the background is very light, nearly transparent, and it is made for you to type your student information over it. Because of the transparency, it will not use too much ink. These programs are a full 8 1/2 x 11 page size, so there is no cutting or folding. Since the template is made in Word, you can change the fonts, the color, the wording, the margins, and the size of the table. There is no border, so you can make the table larger or smaller to fit your studio. This template uses the table tool, so if you don’t know how to use tables in Word, do some research on the web or ask someone to show you how.
Open the Editable Recital Template in Word for Windows.
To use the template, select your tab key to tab across each line. Type over what I have written. If you find one of your song titles is too long, you can either reduce the font size slightly of only that title, or change the size of the cell, if you’re hand with tables.
The light gray lines for the table will not show up when printed. If you do not see the table lines, which are really helpful, select “view guidelines” in the table layout menu. Select and type over my text and delete my text.
Change the heading to the name of your recital.
Using 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, print the number of pages of the art page you need. Most teachers print about 3 or 4 pages for each student playing. It’s better to have extra than not enough, as I learned the hard way.
Insert the art page back into your printer and print a test page of your Word document to check if it prints on the correct side.
If it looks good, print all the pages you need.
Feel free to use the Word template on blank paper without the art. Light pastel-colored paper makes a nice spring recital program.
If you change fonts, use one that is clear and legible. If you want to use a fancy script font, use it for the title only.