This and That

I am working on a Halloween song for a beginning student. As soon as it looks presentable I am going to post it. It will be in landscape format and have 8 measures and a pumpkin at the top. Naturally drawing the pumpkin is taking much longer than writing the little ditty, which takes me […]

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Flash Cards

I don’t use Big Flash Cards all the time. I limit it to about a month or 6 weeks in the spring. Since flash cards are so boring, I turn it into a contest and that makes it more fun. Although each student buys a set a flash cards, sometimes they lose them during the year. So […]

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Major Key Signatures

  Major Key Signature Chart I’m a visual person. I can’t learn anything unless I can visualize it in my head in an organized way. That must be why I am continually making charts and handouts for my students.  I received some requests for more key signature charts so here is another one I use a […]

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Key Signature Chart

Blank Key Signature Chart When I am checking my older student’s theory, I aways ask them if they used a chart. They  know what I mean because when you take the Texas State Theory Test, if you write out a key signature chart you are less likely to make careless mistakes.   If left on their own […]

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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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