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Robot Wars: Notes on the Treble Clef Worksheet

Robot Wars Treble Notes

Droid Wars Treble Notes is the fourth in a series using my droid theme. Today’s post is the partner with the Droid Wars: Bass Clef Notes I posted earlier in the week. This is a new, free worksheet that will help students identify notes quickly. Print one copy and  laminate it or put it in a sheet protector. Use a wet erase marking pen and you will be able to use one page many times and save on printing. Wet erase pens are not too messy if you use a damp paper towel, and they erase much better than dry erase markers. You can also save these to your iPad.

Some of my younger students don’t know what a droid is. Well, in science fiction, it is short for Android, which is a robot. From what I gather, they are not ordinary robots, but a sentient robots like R2D2 in Star Wars. I’m always telling my students not to play like a robot, so Androids are not going to be performing in Carnegie Hall any time soon!

Remember, many of your girl students love Star Wars, so don’t leave them out!  I hope that these fun sheets will appeal to your girl as well as boy students.

I plan to add more to this series, so if you have any ideas, pass them on and I will see what I can do. Chord and inversions have already been suggested, but if you have any other ideas, feel free to leave a comment.

If you are a new follower of  Piano Teaching Resources, here are the links to the bass notes and the key signature worksheets. Our goal is to make lessons more fun so that more students will get the benefits of learning to play piano!

 

Robot Wars Bass Notes

Droid Key Signatures

Robot Key Signatures

 

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Robot Wars: Notes on the Bass Clef Worksheet

Robot Wars Bass Notes

If you enjoyed the Robot Key Signature Worksheets I recently posted, then you will want to save today’s post, Robot Wars Bass Notes.  You can use this one with students who are not advanced enough to know key signatures and are still trying to learn note names. In this worksheet, students simply check the correct bass note. If they know the notes, it will go really fast. But if they struggle, you will know they need more review.

The directions state that the droids were sabotaged by the evil empire. The student will have to reprogram the droids with the correct note names. As I worked on this fun project, I thought that there is also a subtle message for our students: you can use computers to write music without having to read music. But what if something happens to your computer? To be a musician you don’t have to be the greatest sight reader or the greatest performer, but a musician should know note names. If you spend 5 minutes in each lesson working on note names in some fun way, as long as it doesn’t turn into drudgery you will see progress in just 6 weeks. One way to keep it light-hearted is humor and/or games.

Yes, I do play to make the Robots a series, like some of my other themes such as the Frog Series and the Summer Fun series. Thursday I will post the treble clef version, unless the evil empire takes control of my computer!

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Throwback Thursday – Droid Key Signatures

Droid Key Signatures

Droid Key Signatures

Click on the link above to download the free worksheets.

Today I am re-posting two worksheets with quotes from the Star Wars movies. These were made for students ages 9 to 11. With the new Star Wars movie out now, I thought this would be a good Throwback Thursday worksheet to post.

I wanted to make a worksheet to review key signatures, but it needed to be a little special, not just another boring worksheet. So I thought of the idea of making a secret code for some of the famous quotes from Star Wars.

IMPORTANT:  When you use this, don’t tell them the quotes are from Star Wars! If you do, and they have seen the original Star Wars movie, they will fill out the missing letters without bothering to fill in the key signatures. Don’t ask me how I know this. Let me just say that I test everything out with my students!

The first worksheet includes the major keys of C,G,D,A,E,B and F. The second worksheet contains C,G,D,A,E, plus F, B flat, E flat, and A flat.  Be sure to encourage students to put the flat sign on the keys B flat, E flat, and A flat. It doesn’t help solve the message, but it is important they get used to adding the flats. I ask my student what if they are playing in a band and the key is E flat, but they wrote down E. And then I play Jingle Bells with one hand in the key of E and the other in E flat! Full Disclosure: I think these are the only 2 keys I can do this with! 🙂

This turned out to be a fun way to review key signatures! I hope your students like it, too!

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Throwback Thursday – Christmas or Music Vocabulary Words

Christmas Tree Vocabulary

Christmas or Music Vocabulary Color

Christmas or Music Vocabulary B&W

Today’s Throwback Thursday is Christmas or Music Vocabulary, a fun worksheet for music classes. It is a good thing to pass out in your Christmas group lessons while you wait for everyone to show up. It is also a fun party activity for students to work on together. I made a black and white version for classroom teachers to pass out in music classes. However, the color version doesn’t use as much ink as it seems to because the tree is not solid green.

And don’t forget, you can always print one copy and slip it inside a clear plastic page protector. Then use a wet or dry erase marker on the page protector. Plus, when you put it in a page protector, it makes it easy to store in a binder so you can find it later!

On this worksheet, the Christmas tree is strung with various words. Some are words from Christmas around the world. Others are music vocabulary words students should know. There is one word which can be both. Who will be your first student to discover that an “ornament” is a musical embellishment as well as something you put on your tree!

I first posted this 7 years ago. Where has the time gone! If you printed it back then you might notice I listed one word two times, and that has been fixed!

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