Here is a simple Halloween card you can give to your students next week. All you have to do is print it on card stock and cut out. Then, using a ruler as a guide, cut the 2 light-colored lines on the cards with a craft knife. These slits will be where you will insert a pencil. I found these easy to cut out because there are no little tiny bits to cut around!
I’ve found I can buy very inexpensive holiday pencils at nearby dollar stores. The ones I’m using are 12 pencils for a dollar.
Alternately, you can insert a lollipop or a glow stick which can also be found in packs at dollar stores. You can also tape on a piece of candy.
If you or your students prefer Autumn related activities, below is a link to some fall-themed bookmarks I posted previously. If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you will recognize them. In the past, I have written a short message and taped some candy on the back. There are four bookmarks on the page and with all straight lines, they are easy to cut out with a paper-cutter.
The originals were for the left hand and I never got around to making matching pieces for the right hand. Thanks to a reminder from a reader, that has been fixed now!
This set of pre-reading pieces not only help beginners learn the groups of two and three black keys, which of course, is essential if students are going to learn the names of piano keys, but they are also beginning composing pieces. In order to compose, students need to use their imagination and have a vision. I think it is safe to say composers get their start improvising and doodling around.
What I would like to see is students get carried away playing what they “will be” or how blowing leaves might be expressed on the piano. Sometimes teachers and parents get frustrated with students playing around on the piano and not practicing their assigned pieces. But as long as there is a balance, who knows what budding Beethoven we might be cultivating!
Don’t forget you can save ink by printing only one copy and saving it in a sheet protector. You can also download these into your iPad to save on printing.
You have posted on Facebook and emailed me such precious videos of your students improvising and having fun! I hope your students have fun with these!
It’s not too late to pass out some Halloween or Autumn music or add some fall games or worksheets. This free music is great for sight-reading or as a supplement to their regular books. And it is also available in pre-reading versions. I have students who keep these in their binder years after they outgrow them because they like the colorful art. I think young, beginning piano students need some things that are easy and not too challenging, just to help make learning piano more fun.
To download the free Autumn and Halloween music, both pre-reading and on-the-staff, use the link above.
Below are some of the fall games, theory handouts, and activities my students like. Composing activities are good for days students haven’t practiced or maybe left their music at home. The Kandy Keys staff is something fun for older students who are learn key signatures for their theory exams. Students place candy corn on the staff to construct key signatures.
These are all free downloads that I hope your students enjoy! Please let me know right away if you find any broken links or mistakes. Thanks!