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!