Counting up the Mountain

  Counting up the Mountain Counting Up the Mountain is a game for students who are just learning the rhythmic value of whole, dotted half, half, and quarter notes in 4/4 time. The teacher holds up a card or the student draws a card and moves 4 places for whole notes, 3 places for dotted half, […]

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Rhythm in the Grid

Rhythm in the Grid Rhythm in the Grid is a way to explain 16th note counting. I made this “pre-computers” years ago and it has been helpful with some students over the years. This is a great way for visual learners to learn the concept of how to count subdivided beats. Recently I re-made it and […]

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Rhythm Circle

Rhythm Circle I made this years ago, but I recently polished it up with new colors, so I thought I’d post it. Every now and then a student will have  trouble seeing the relationship between notes. I have made several worksheets to help with this. Sometimes I tell them it’s like a big pizza that we’re […]

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Roses in the Springtime

Roses in the Springtime is a short song I wrote to go into my book More Sunny Solos.  When I wrote it, I was thinking about my mother’s garden when I was a little girl. It was a wonderland of beautiful colors. I’ve always wanted a garden like that. Please follow and like us:

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Windsong

Windsong I wrote Windsong for one of my older beginners. I wanted a piece she could play successfully, yet with expression.  If a piece is technically difficult, a student cannot relax enough to add musicality to the music. It is difficult to write a piece that uses only a few notes, simple rhythms, yet still sounds interesting. Since this student […]

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Make a Keyboard

Make a Keyboard Puzzle I designed this for those of us who will have young beginners in the fall. There are many ways to use my new keyboard. The simplest way to use it is to call it  puzzle and let students put it together. Often we assume students know more than they do. Even when they have circled […]

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