One Minute Club 2016

It’s time to post the 2016 One Minute Club Cards! Thanks to the teachers who reminded me! Included in the file are cards and certificates for both the Junior One Minute Club and the regular One Minute Club.  There is also a chart where you can keep a record of their weekly scores. Just remember to keep it lighthearted and fun!

I’m not much of a video maker, but I made this about 4 years ago showing students of all ages practicing.

One Minute Club from Susan Paradis on Vimeo.

These cards are formatted for 2 x 3.5  perforated blank business cards. The (blue and green) borders around the cards extend past the cutting lines to aid in printer alignment problems. Make sure your PDF printer window is set to “actual size,” and you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader.

In case you don’t have any blank business cards,  I added short cutting lines for you to use a ruler and draw cutting lines.

After students earn the cards,  I put them in clear plastic ID holders and attach them to their  book bag with a small chain. The next year all I have to do is insert the new card.

Some students know all their notes on paper, but have no idea where they are on the piano. This activity actually helps sight reading because the student must physically find the note.

Unfortunately, it can easily turn into drudgery if the teacher doesn’t have the right attitude or plows into all the cards at once.  So I always start with just a few cards and I supplement with games, including note games on the iPad.

If  students learn they can play just two or three cards successfully, then we can gradually add cards so that they don’t get overwhelmed. Because if they do, they just shut down.

Usually I start with the treble spaces, because those are the easiest to learn.

If you’re reading this and have no idea what the One Minute Club is, well, I’ve written about it extensively. For more information, use the search tab on the right, and type in One Minute Club. I also have some mini flash cards for you to print. Why not challenge your older students with mini ledger line cards! These are all free downloads because I like to share.

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17 thoughts to “One Minute Club 2016

  • Kathy Williamson

    Thanks Susan for the 2016 Minute Club! I just tried it for the first time this week – it’s a great challenge to follow up with after the Spring Theory Tests. I’m seeing great results and enthusiasm!

    • Susan Paradis

      I started this week too. I don’t give many rewards in my studio, but I do give $20.00 to the over-all fastest student. And once they win that, they never do it again. So if they keep taking piano, eventually everyone gets to be the winner. Usually my fastest times are around 20 – 24 seconds, and the winner often wins by a tenth of a second! Since I also do the jr club for those kids who need extra help, no one really dreads it. After all these years it is a real tradition in my studio.

  • Jill

    Unfortunately I can’t get the link to open. Any suggestions? It opens part way then stops. 🙁 Thanks for all your free materials Susan!

    • Susan Paradis

      I’m glad that my email reply was able to help you!

      • Jill

        Thank you so much for your time!

  • Valerie

    Sounds great! I haven’t found any Ipad apps I love. Do you have any you recommend?

    • Susan Paradis

      Have you tried Note Race Derby? That is probably the one used by the most teachers, in my experience giving presentations.

      • Lavinia Livingston

        Staff Wars is a great note naming app. Especially appeals to boys but girls also love the action. Note Squish is fun too.

  • Patti Dooley

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for posting your 1 Minute Club idea. I’ve been using it with my students this year, and although they aren’t crazy about it, they do like to see that they are getting better. Thanks for all your ideas-you are a blessing to my
    piano business.

    • Susan Paradis

      You’re welcome, Patti. Thank you for your motivating comments, because it keeps me going!

      For those students who struggle, try the jr cards and use just half the deck. Once they are successful, the next year they may go for the entire staff!

  • valerie

    What IPad games do you like to supplement with? I have done your one minute club in the past and my students and I loved it, but this year I have all beginners. How is your Jr. Club different?

    • Susan Paradis

      Valerie, the jr. club is really whatever you want it to be. For young students, you can do just the cards around middle C. For older beginners, it really depends on their age. I’ve found that most middle and high school students can do the entire staff their first year. They have to work on it, of course. For younger beginners, I limit it to the cards I think they should learn. I might give them half of the cards, but use different cards each week. I always say there is no right or wrong. You can make it any way you wish! Just use the cards however it works with your students and keep it fun!

  • Jeanette

    Thanks! I couldn’t find an explanation for the junior one minute club using search. What is the difference between junior and regular?

    • Susan Paradis

      I made these cards for younger students who can’t learn all the cards. I limit it to the cards I think they should learn. So if they are first grade and started lessons in the fall, I might use only the 10 notes around middle C. Or, if they are older and I want them to work on all the cards, I might give them half of the cards, but use different cards each week. Actually, I change it around each year, because there is no right or wrong way. It is what you want it to be!! By the way, you have such a pretty name!

      • Jeanette

        Thank you!

  • Kelly Koch

    Would love to hear some reviews of this…anyone out there using these? Thanks!

    • Sharyn Moe

      Hi Kelly!
      I use something similar about twice a month (sometimes less when we are busy in the studio). Susan has created a series of 12 worksheets called “Notes in the Fast Lane”…so instead of showing notes one at a time on flashcards…I plop the sheet (laminated) on the music rack and use a pointer (a cute one with a hand pointing an index finger) on each note. As I point to the note, kids “say and play” the note on the keyboard just as the video above shows. If I wiggle the pointer….it means the student either said the wrong note name or has the incorrect location on the keyboard. When they answer correctly, the pointer moves to the next note and so on. I use a timer that counts down as they try to race to the end of the page. If they don’t quite make it…we record where they left off…and the next time we pull it out they try to beat their own score. No pressure! If they do make it to the end…they receive an instant prize out of my prize box (10¢ items) so there is a definite incentive to know their notes! I, too, find that it helps with sight reading and understanding the relationship between notes on a staff and the keyboard. For more advanced students…I also have a 30 second club….and a few students that can do the whole page in under 15 seconds! I always have students reminding me if too many weeks go by and we haven’t done our notes!

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