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One Minute Club Certificate 2018

This is a certificate for students who have completed the One Minute Club

One Minute Club Certificate 2018

Today I am posting a certificate for the 2018 One Minute Club. If you are not familiar with the One Minute Club, the idea is to show students flash cards and they “say and play” the notes on the grand staff in one minute or less. I’ve posted about it every year since I started my website, but I have cards that actually go back twenty years!

To make it easier for you, I’m posting the links where you can see the 2018 cards and a matching chart that you can edit. At the bottom of the page are directions on how to type over my heading in the chart and make your own.

This year’s cards:

One Minute Club Cards 2018

One Minute Club 2018

Fillable Student Challenge Chart

Directions to Personalize the Chart

 You must use Adobe Reader DC which is free to  download from the web .  If you are having trouble opening this file in Adobe Reader, this link might help.

  • Open the file in Adobe Reader DC.
  • Select the text you wish to edit.
  • Type over my text and print.

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Flowers Recital Certificate

Flowers Recital Certificate Editable

Flowers Recital Certificate – Fill in by hand

Last week I posted a new cover for a folded recital program. I thought it would be nice to have a recital certificate to match! I know what you’re thinking; the flowers will be great for some students, but for other students, this is not a good fit. Well, I’ve made several different styles over the years so that you can print certificates for different students.

You can see all my recital certificates on this page. You find it by clicking “Free”, then select “Teaching Aids.” When the “Teaching Aids” page opens, scroll down until you find this header:  One Minute Club, Certificates, Recital Covers, Magnetic White Board Music Symbols. There are so many different items in the Teaching Aids category that this was the best I could do, organization-wise.

As you can see in the picture above, I made one certificate editable so that you can type in your own words. You might be having a violin recital instead of a piano recital!

It is really easy to fill in the blank certificate. If you haven’t tried it, here are the instructions. Open the editable file in Adobe Reader DC. (It is a free program.) After you open the file, move your cursor to the spot you need to fill in. Click on the page. Light blue boxes will appear to help you to know where to type. Start typing on the blinking cursor. Your text will automatically be in the center of the page. Move to the other boxes to complete the certificate. The blue boxes will not be visible when you print. If the blue boxes don’t pop up for you, put your cursor in the middle of the typing area and click until you see the blinking cursor. Before you actually print your certificate, make sure your printer is set to “landscape.”

For those of you on a Mac, this also works in Preview.

I hope you enjoy this recital certificate. Sometimes it’s nice to have something new!


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2017 One Minute Club Cards

One Minute Club 2017


I’ve finished the 2017 One Minute Club cards. In the file there is also a chart to keep track of your students’ times, and a certificate that a lot of teachers request.

If you are not sure how to use this activity works, the idea is you show students flash cards and they “say and play” the notes on the grand staff in one minute or less.

Playing the correct key on the piano is important, because as you know, students can learn notes on flash cards and remain clueless when it comes to knowing the correct placement on the piano. This solves that problem.

However, we have to prepare students to learn how to do this. We can’t just present the cards one day and hope for the best. My students have been studying notes all year, and this is the culmination of all that work.

Also, you have to keep it light-hearted and fun. That is why this activity is better with older students who have developed fine motor skills and already have a good grasp of note names.

For students who struggle to learn note names, it’s better to wait until they are older, and then to gradually work up to this. I usually start with 2 flash cards. After they can do that, I start gradually adding more, but never so many that they are overwhelmed. They may need to wait a few years before they actually do the entire grand staff. However, I also included “Junior One Minute Club” cards if you want to reward your students who can’t manage to say and play them in a minute.

Here is a link to a video I made to show you how it works.

The cards, chart, and certificate are in the same PDF file. You will need to know how to print individual pages in a PDF. I print only the chart first to keep a record of students’ times. Later, you can print the number of cards and certificates you need.

There are 10 cards on the first page. It is formatted for “business card” perforated cardstock, but you can also cut them out. I put them in plastic business card holders and attach them to their music bags.

You might notice the design is the same orange-colored theme I used for the calendar at the beginning of the year. My students look forward to new art each year.

You can read more about how to run this activity on my blog at this link. One Minute Club


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Templates for ready-made Certificate Paper

Traditional Certificates

Traditional Certificate With Lines – Write by hand on the lines.

Traditional Certificate Fillable – Type your text in Adobe Reader and print.

I found a really good sale on certificate paper, the kind with a traditional border where you write or type your own wording. You can buy it on Amazon or any office supply store.

I made 2 versions of a template for you. One has lines for writing by hand, and the other uses Adobe Reader to type in your preferred words.

These are very traditional looking certificates, so you can use them with older students and even adults. They are great for teachers who don’t have a color printer.

The “fillable” certificate has blue fields in Adobe Reader that appear if you click your cursor in the correct area. After selecting the field, your cursor will show you where to type your information. Adobe Reader doesn’t allow you to use your own fonts or to resize the fonts  at the time of this post.

I certainly hope I haven’t made any mistakes this time! If you find any, please let me know right away! Thanks!



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