Envelope For Valentine Card
I had some requests for the envelope to match the Valentine’s card I posted recently, so I decided to post the template with a tutorial in case you want to make one. You can find the Valentine’s card here.
Now if you have a very large music studio, cutting out a bunch of envelopes is probably not something you want to do. But if you have a child or grandchild who takes piano, or if you only have a few students, it really doesn’t take much time to cut this out. And with an envelope, you can even insert a special treat!
This template is for standard 8.5″ x 11″ US letter size paper. I’m not sure if it will work with UK size paper since I don’t have access to that size paper. But some of you on the other side of the pond might know how to do it.
When you print, it is important to select “Actual Size” or some words like that. If you choose “Fit Paper” or “Scale Paper” it is not going to fit the card. Also, it is a lot easier to fold the envelope and card if you don’t use card stock! I used 24# pound paper, which is not that much more expensive. It is good for printing both sides because it doesn’t see-through as much.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
From now until Oct. 31, Halloween and “mysterious sounding” music is on sale. It’s not too late to assign some affordable, fun music in minor keys that students love to play. Save the files in your computer and you will have them for recitals this year and Halloween next year, too! Also check out the free Halloween and Fall music including pre-reading and one page on-the-staff music your beginners will love, as well as Autumn and Halloween games and worksheets.
All of the music in my store has a studio license which means you can print as many copies as you need for your own students.
Triad Tic Tac Toe
Triad Tic Tac Toe is a set of four cards to review chords and chord inversions. This is a very fast, 2-person tic tac toe game for late elementary and intermediate students. Only one card is used in the game, so you can play at different levels for each student. It can be used for review, or as a teaching tool to explain as you play.
This game is like a worksheet, but a lot more fun.
There are four cards in this set. The first and second cards include inverted triads, and the third and fourth cards are in root position.
Have you ever noticed that some students can play inversions without any trouble, but they just sit and stare when you ask them to name the chord. There is no doubt that learning to quickly identify inversions is a great help in not only memorizing, but in learning theory, improvising, or playing lead sheets.
In this game there is a very simple way to name an inverted triad. All you have to do is find the interval of a 4th and the top note of this interval is the name of the chord.
There are several things the student can identify with this game. Students can:
- Identify the root of the triad.
- Identify the inversion in cards one and two (first, second, root position).
- Name the chord using cards three and four.
- Identify the triad with Roman numerals. (Use the first card in C major because students need to know the key for this skill.)
- Identify the slash chord name, such as C/E. (Use the first and second cards.)
- Identify the triads as major or minor (if they know their key signatures).
- Bingo tokens, 2 different colors. [Pencil erasers, pieces of colored paper, bingo chips.]
- Two players use the same game board.
Directions for 2 players:
- Print one game board on card stock. The first and second cards are more difficult, so it depends on the skill you are working on.
- Give each player about 5 tokens of the same color.
- The student goes first and identifies a triad of his choice. If he/she is correct, he puts a token on it.
- This is repeated by the second player, with a different colored token.
- Play continues in this manner until a player has a token on 3 squares in a row in any direction, including diagonally, as in a Tic Tac Toe game.
Recital Program to Personalize
Here is a recital cover for you to use at your spring recital. You can choose to personalize it like the picture above on the right, or print it the way it looks in the small pictures on the left.
Here is how to add your personalization:
- Open in Adobe Reader.
- Using the graphic above as a guide, put your cursor underneath and very close to the word “Recital.”
- Type the name of your studio.
- Move you cursor down to the bottom opposite the flowers. You can type the location, date, and time.
- Moving to the left side, which is the back of the program cover, there are two places near the bottom to personalize. The first space is a header where you can type “Thank You.” Underneath that you have several lines to type any message you wish.
To make a document for the inside of the program, use a word processing program such as Word. Open a new document in landscape orientation with two columns. Set the borders at 1/2 inch all around with a one inch space between the two columns. Print this new document on the blank side of the recital program cover. Fold the program, and you’re ready to go.
I also tried printing this in black and white to see how it would look for teachers who do not have access to a color printer or want to save color ink. It looks fine printed on light green paper if you have a printer that allows you to print in “grayscale.”
I don’t think it will look good using a B&W laser printer. All the flowers will turn into a blob of black. Instead I have made folded recital covers in the past that you can use: Recital Program Cover. It will look fine on a color laser printer.
FYI, I did not draw the flowers myself!
There you have it. I hope you enjoy this recital cover!