Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Valentine Card Envelope Tutorial

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!Music Valentine Card Envelope

Filed under Teaching Aids, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day

New Valentine Song for Beginners

Will You Be My Valentine

Will You Be My Valentine

Today I am posting a new Valentine’s piece that I wrote just for young children.  It is in middle C position, (both thumbs on middle C) and it has no skips, just stepping notes in each hand. If you’re not an experienced piano teacher, but like to work with your young child at the piano, you may be interested to know that notes that move from one finger to the next are much easier for beginners. Most piano teachers wait until students have mastered stepping notes before they move into notes that skip fingers. That is not something I knew when I was a young teacher. Back before there was such a thing as piano pedagogy, we learned on the job! I’m sure a lot of my readers can identify with that!

This will be good piece for sight-reading or just something fun the week of Valentine’s Day.

In case you’re looking for some more easy Valentine’s Day music for beginners, go to my Valentine’s Music page here. There are also some that are a little harder, including one that is late elementary. I’ve written several levels of this one, because it used to be a favorite of mine when I had a classroom.

Theres a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart

There’s a Little wheel A-Turning in My Heart

Here is one of my favorite preschool songs that I’ve made in both pre-reading and on-the-staff versions.

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading

Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading

 I hope some of your young students will enjoy my little Valentine ditties!

Filed under Elementary Music, Preschool Music Resources, Steps and Skips, Valentine's Day

Valentine Composing Activity

On the staff Valentine composing activity

Valentine Composing Activity

This Valentine composing activity is a great way to promote composition in your studio. If you have been using my materials for a long time, you know that I have posted a lot of composing sheets like this for younger students. I have already posted a pre-reading Valentine composing sheet, (see graphic below) but I’ve never posted an “on-the-staff” version, so I’m doing that today. If you have beginning young children, try the pre-reading version. All they have to use are finger numbers, and they love writing their own music.

To print, click on the links, open the file and print all you need for your students.

With the rhythm already written, students only have to do is decide on the melody notes. On today’s staff version, they can write a melody divided between the hands, or a melody for one hand. Some even like to try an accompaniment. It depends on the level the student is comfortable with writing.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you can speed the process along by helping the students write the notes. I suggest when writing notes, use whole notes and then later go back and correct the rhythm, because it seems to take young ones a long time to draw and fill in quarter notes, if you know what I mean!

There is nothing like writing music to know how much students are learning!

Valentine Composing Activity

 

Filed under Composing Activities, Valentine's Day

Free Valentine Resources for Piano Teachers

Did you know you can find all my free Valentine resources on this page?

Free Valentine Piano Resources

Last week I posted one of my all-time favorite games, Steal a Heart, which is really good for groups. Today I want to mention two games that I made for student and teacher, Hearts and Clubs Notes/Keyboards and Hearts and Clubs Intervals. The file for Hearts and Club Notes also contains  keyboard flash cards, for beginning students who have not learned notes.

They both use flash cards, which I included in the files. The objective for both games is to quickly identify either note names or intervals. They are suitable for elementary through teens because I tried to keep the art more “game-like” and less cartoony.  The art doesn’t really mention Valentines, so you can use this year round.

Also, check out Are You a Line or a Space. It’s not a game, really, but a fun activity my students really enjoyed. At their lesson, a student would  choose if they wanted to be on the line or space team. All week as students came to their lesson, I kept score, but I didn’t put anyone’s name down, just the team. That took all the pressure off students. At the end of the week, the team with the most points won. The next week, all the spaces had to do lines and all the lines had to do spaces. That made it more fair, since the spaces are easier, usually! You can read more about it and get all the free printables at the link.

Are You a Line or Space?

If your students are working on rhythmic dictation, and I really hope they are, I made four worksheets to help them get started. There are one measure hearts and two measure hearts in both 4/4 and 3/4 time. In my blog post I explain how this Kodaly method is the best way to teach eighth note dictation.

Rhythm Hearts BeatsMore Rhythm Heart Beats

When you go to the Valentine Page, all you need to do is click on the picture and it is supposed to take you to the original blog post with the directions for the games. If there is a broken or incorrect link, please let me know!

Filed under Games, Texas State Theory Test, Theory, Valentine's Day