OneMinuteChallenge2013Chart for One Minute Club

Every year I challenge my students to say and play flash cards on the piano in one minute or less. Over the years I’ve posted how I do this, so if you’re curious, read some of my old blog posts. Click here to watch a very short video of my students saying and playing flash cards and you will get the idea.

Today I am posting a chart to get you started. Notice that this chart uses the “varsity” theme that matches the calendar I posted back in the fall.

Remember, you cannot expect younger children to have the fine motor skills to do this under a minute, but it is a goal. By 5th grade, most students can do this, unless they have special problems.

To be honest, I don’t think this helps sight-reading all that much, because music reading uses a different skill set. But it does give students confidence and helps when they have to move quickly from one position to another. I’ve found that if I have a fun, light-hearted approach, students will, too. With little ones I start with just a few notes at a time and over the years work up to the entire grand staff.

I will post the membership cards and a new certificate for 2013 soon!

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12 thoughts to “Chart to Record One Minute Club Times

  • hiltonmusicstudio

    I can’t thank you enough for this and the Membership Cards! I’ve been posting about this on my blog and referencing your blog and materials- thanks you again, Susan for all you do!

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    • susanparadis

      Thanks! I’m glad you can use it. You have a great blog, by the way!

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  • sara

    I love this idea! Although I’ve been teaching for about 8 or 9 years, I am new to reading piano blogs and I am just loving all these ideas from great, experienced teachers like yourself. Thank you!

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  • Joanne

    Susan,

    Thank you for the chart update. We had our annual recital yesterday, and six students received an award for being in the One MInute Club. They are excited to also receive their little membership card. Now I have the next group of youngsters to work with during this coming year. Thank you for all your efforts to help make piano lessons a fun time.

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    • susanparadis

      Joanne,
      I’ll get the new membership cards up soon, hopefully this week.

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  • MaryAnn Morton

    I am so appreciative of you making available all the material you have posted. Very creative and so helpful. Thank you! Thank you! (From Phoenix, AZ)

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    • susanparadis

      MaryAnn,

      Thanks! You’re welcome!

      Reply
  • James Holm

    Susan, How many notes do you use? Chrisanne

    http://www.ChrisanneHolmPianoStudio.com

    On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM, Susan Paradis’ Piano Teacher Resources wrote:

    susanparadis posted: “Chart for One Minute Club Every year I challenge my students to say and play flash cards on the piano in one minute or less. Over the years I’ve posted how I do this, so if you’re curious, read some of my old blog posts. Click here to watch a very short “

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    • susanparadis

      Chrisanne,
      I use the grand staff.

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      • Linda Rodgers

        How many flash cards do you try to get them to do in one minute?

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        • susanparadis

          Linda,
          I use the entire grand staff. If you do a search here on my blog, you can read a lot more information.

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        • susanparadis

          Linda, I use the entire grand staff.

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