Early Intermediate, Trios
Dear Susan, thank you for your continued creativity. Love the St Patrick Interval sheet. Christine in Newcastle Australia
Thank you for another wonderful worksheet Susan. I love to use holiday themes in learning and this will go with the other cute Shamrock games you have posted in previous years. I can relate with your post above about how important it is to reinforce concepts. This worksheet will certainly help with that. I also love the idea the teacher, “Beverly” has above using flash cards and a Test Week. Thanks again for the cute work sheet.
Susan, you’re so right, that we have to say things a lot! But there’s more – the STUDENT has to say it a lot! The last few years I’ve gotten big into having students make vocabulary flash cards that they’re supposed to study. Of course, some students are better about it than others. About twice a year, I have a TEST WEEK which I advertise to the parents and ask them to study with their child. Overall, the studio is doing much better, now.
Thank you, Susan!
These ideas are brilliant! We have been using your note recognition games for a long time, particularly ‘notes in the fast lane’ but today I gave the ‘Valentine Composing Activity’ to my girls who are working at grade 4 and grade 2 and they loved it. Amazing how ambitious you can be from this simple idea and I will definitely be doing more of this. I hope you’ll be posting similar ‘on the staff’ composing ideas at other times of the year.
Thank you so much for these lovely ideas.
Diana, I’m so glad you can use them! You might want to check out the page at this link, where I have posted all of my on-the-staff composing activities. To find everything, click on “Free” in the top menu, and when that page opens, it lists all the pages where you can see little images of a lot of my materials. I even have a UK page!
Thank you for sharing your talents! The graphics are gorgeous, and activities, fun! I actually cut up the page into the 4 sections, and will be using them as activity sheets for the students arriving for our Valentine Piano Party, while waiting for all to arrive. The cute picture, I attached their goodie bag. It looks adorable. Wishing you many blessings, and a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Mary, what a wonderful idea! The students probably love little activity pages! I hope I can remember your idea and share it with teachers in the future. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for the cute Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes, Susan!
You’re welcome, Peggy. Glad you like them!
Thank you for this wonderful printable valentine card. You are the queen of cute for the piano. Happy Valentines Day to you and your students!
Sherry, thanks, I like my new title!
Thank you so much,Susan! You share wonderful resources!
You’re welcome, Meg. Glad you like my worksheets!
Thank you! I have students who want to learn to compose. Thank you Thank you. I love your ideas. They keep me thinking and growing as a teacher.
I’m glad you can use them and I hope it inspires them to compose. And thanks for the very warm comments!
Adorable! I’m adding “Will You Be My Valentine” to the other Valentine’s Day pieces you’ve composed and I share them my students. Thank you so much!
You’re welcome, Diane, and thank you for you taking the time to let me know!
Thank you so much for this enriching activity! My piano kids are loving it.
You’re welcome, Sara. I’m glad it’s been a hit with your students!
Perfect timing! Instead of a Valentine card, I will give each of my students a piece of Valentine sheet music! Thank you, Susan.
Deb, that’s a good idea! I hope they enjoy it!
Thank you Susan! I love it!
You’re welcome, Mary!
Thanks! This is a great song.
Gilda, you’re welcome and thanks for letting me know you like it! It is very encouraging!
These are great, Susan, and gave me perfect material for my group classes. Thank you!
Leila, thanks for taking the time to let me know, and thanks for recommending my Valentine material on your fantastic website 88pianokeys.me
You are an awesome creative teacher. Thank you for your website. I teach a free guitar class for home school children and have used a few of your games to stimulate the students. Thank you again!!!
You’re welcome, Sharon. I’m glad that some of my music theory sheets can help with other instruments!
Dear Susan , Christine from Newcastle Australia here, love your ideas. Hope to try some Valentine day music. Thank you for your inspirational ideas.
Christine, I love Australians! Isn’t it great that music has a way of making the world small!
This will be fun! The recording will help a lot with practicing!
Thank you Susan. My students will love this!
What a FUN arrangement!
Thanks so much Jennifer!
If I want to print this at Office Max (2.5 cents per page), do I take my receipt to show that it is a studio license so that I don’t run into copyright trouble?
This piece sounds like lots of fun!
Deb, you should be able to print it at Office Max because of the release on the bottom of the first page which says you have purchased it. If you are worried, I can send you an email with a release. Send me an email at my contact address: susan(dot)paradis(at)gmail(dot)com
as I don’t see your address here. If you have already bought it, I can get your email from there.
Love the Valentine, Susan! I will be giving them out! And how sneaky of us to get our students to do the music puzzles on their Valentines!
Susan, I love this! Thank you!!
Thank you Mary. I’ll try to remember to make another one next year.
You are so creative and thoughtful! I use your games and printouts a lot. I hate to tell you this, but did you realize that you have “empty” misspelled on the music sudoku page? Mine printed out spelled “enpty” and I just used a pen and made the n into an m 🙂 Still using them!
No, I didn’t know that. Thanks for telling me. I have a lot of problems with my eyes because of cornea scaring. I can’t tell some letters are wrong, so I sincerely appreciate teachers pointing out typos and mistakes. Thanks, I’ll fix that as soon as possible.
Susan, you are so creative! I just love your ideas. Keep them coming!
Thanks so much! My piano kids will be tickled pink!
Betty, I hope they are! You’re so welcome.
need help with Music Sudoku
please explain music sudoku
Becky, thanks for asking about the puzzle! Here are the rules.
There are 4 squares in each row across and each column down. Each of the squares in the rows going across and down are to be filled in to contain 4 different rhythm notes: whole, half, quarter, and eighth.
Each rhythm can only appear once in a row or column. For example, in the first square on the top left row, you cannot put a quarter note, because there is already a quarter note in the first column going down. You will have to put an eighth note. In the other empty square on the top row, you put a quarter note.
Continue that way, filling in the empty squares so that no row or column has two of the same rhythm notes.
If you are still confused, so a Google search on it. It is really made for numbers. I just modified the puzzle for rhythm symbols.
I love how this piece has a nice laid back tempo. Students can take their time and enjoy it without being overwhelmed. The melody fits the hands nicely and just makes you smile. Looking forward in having students learn and play this one! Thanks Susan!
Yay ! I bought pink tootsie roll pops for my students and now I can include your cute Valentine ! Thank you Susan !
You’re welcome, Cheryl!
Thanks Susan. I don’t understand Sudoka, but love the card!
Angela, it’s really easy! There are four boxes across and four down. In the top row of 4 boxes there is a whole note and a half note. So the two missing notes are an eighth note and a quarter note. In the first row down, there is a quarter note and a half note, so a whole note and an eighth note are missing. You have to play around with it a little bit so that the note you put in the row going across is not already in the row going down. Hope that makes sense!
I can’t thank you enough, Susan!
You’re welcome, Yuliana!
Oh, what a sweet resource! Thank you, Susan! Love it!
Thanks, Jennifer! Glad you like it!
Thank you so much. My students LOVE your games, your theory worksheets, your creativity. I use your resources a lot and greatly appreciate all your hard work. My lessons are 100% better because of you!
Susan, thank you for your affirming comment!
you rock so hardcore- this job would be harder, and my students would be so bored if I didn’t have your resources. thank you so much!
Thank you so much, Lisa! What a nice comment!
Thank you, Susan. This is so cute! Your resources are amazing. I look forward to new posts from you so much. You are a blessing!
Pat, thank you. I am happy to share!
Oh my goodness! This is so cute! What a fun idea, thank you!
Thanks, Jenny! I made something like this a few years ago, but it was a bit long, and required printing on the back. So I think this one better.
Yes! I appreciate all the work you do for us. Lots of time put into these projects, and we get to rest the benefits!
Jenny, thank you so much! I’m really glad they can be useful to others. I have so many ideas, but not enough time in the day!
I print these on the removable labels – – – – – Can use in beginner books to help young students find their positions, etc. Tons of uses. Thanks Susan!
I think you are absolutely remarkable! This is brilliant and I’ll be using it today! Thank you so much for all your ideas.
I’ve used these before. They’re fun! Any chance you could make them to fit a label #8160. These also have 30 labels on a page but the keyboard is not quite centered on each label. The ones at the top and bottom of the page are quite close to the edge of the label and nearly running off.
Deb, according to Avery, these lables are the same size as #8160. I put one template on top of the other and they are exactly the same size, so it really won’t help you if I make another template. Be sure to check your settings. Were you sure you used ACTUAL SIZE as the setting in the dialog box that opened?
Thanks, Susan. I thought they were comparable to each other. I will check my settings to see if it shows actual size. I didn’t pay any attention to that detail. I hope that solves the problem. Thanks!
Thank you so much! I love this! I noticed that last year there were Jr Club cards and also a certificate. Are those still in the works for this year or should I plan differently? Thank you for all you do, your amazing!
Brenda, that is a very good question!
I will be doing a certificate, but I don’t think I’ll do the junior cards. I’ve decided it gets to be a bit much, so I might just give different ages different skills but use the same cards. My older students are doing ledger lines, and my younger students will do half the cards. I hope that helps with your plans.
Susan, your wonderful worksheets have breathed life back into my 25 years of teaching piano lessons! For the last few years I have had a big classroom in my church with 6 round tables and put activities of different levels on 3 of them ( I leave 2 tables for parents/siblings to sit and do homework. I have folded name cards for each student. When students come in, they find their name and work on the activity there. If they finish, they can look around and find something else they enjoy. I have games that I will play with them at a table or at the piano(they love that). I try to look at what each student has worked on before or after their lesson. I am using your “Snowmen and Reindeer” activities during January. Over Christmas, I found a large cardboard header of a drawing of a reindeer in the forest and snowmen on the corners. It was on a display for giftcards and I was able to snag it as they were about to throw it away ! I used it on my table with the S and R ‘games’ and the kids loved it ! I will be looking for your donate page. Thank you !
Cheryl, thanks so much for taking the time to describe your class! What a wonderful resource your church is providing, and you sound like a wonderful teacher!
I use these all the time. It’s an invaluable tool to help my students identify notes on the page and keys on the piano. Thank you for this wonderful idea.
I always admire your work, Susan. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering if you have anything that dovetails with the Olympics which begin in a few weeks.
Allison, I made two challenge charts in the fall with this theme. Do you think it will do? https://susanparadis.com/studio-challenge-chart-to-edit-or-print-by-hand/
Yes! Thanks! I somehow missed that!
Allison, great, glad that one will work! Those charts with all the lines take me forever! I will be making a certificate, however.
I love this! Will you be making the chart for 2018 too?
Thanks for your great ideas! I will use the worksheet in my lessons today with my only two students! I also bought a song in your “store.” It will fit in with the Winter Olympics which is coming up soon!
This is great. I have a couple of high school-age transfer students – one a girl – who need reinforcement in note reading. I also seem to attract adult beginners. 🙂 Do you have any gender-neutral resources appropriate for older students?
Alice, I’m sorry, I don’t think I’ve made very much for adults. But I hope both boys and girls will like the Droid theme. I know Star Wars is very popular with girls.
These are brilliant. I will use them today with my students who are middle-school age boys. To add to the challenge I will time them and then repeat the challenge next week to see if they can beat their time. Thanks so much for sharing your creative theory papers.
Glad you like them, Lavinia. I plan to also repeat the challenge. I laminated mine, and I’m going to use an erasable marker so I won’t have to print out so many. I think this will work on an iPad, too, since all they have to do is make a mark.
Susan, I appreciated reading this post. I relate to the thoughts about keeping track of music book costs, as I am slipping behind on that this year. What is your flat fee for books and materials, if you would share? I’ve been reluctant to move to a flat materials fee, but am re-thinking that subject…especially when I read that it works well for all involved. Thanks!
I just had to “2nd” the recommendation to do fall registration in April! This is when I do mine and everything is due back by May 1st (though I think this year I’m going to have it due back by April 15th instead). At the same time, they also choose their summer camp sessions. Parents LOVE having all this information early! 🙂
One of my parents who forgets the monthly check suggested Venmo so I downloaded it and signed up. It works great and now another parent is also using it. It’s easy and quick and saves the trip to the bank.
I like the idea of the materials fee. I may start that in the Fall. Thanks for all of your ideas!
Thanks, Sarah! Sounds like Venmo is definitely worth checking out!
Very nice….I’ve the overlapping lessons a lot this past semester. It also gives students a chance to make up for lost time if parents are late and helps if students are close to the same level. Haven’t tried the April deposit yet. I may do it in beginning of May as the kids are finishing up their recital pieces. About paypal…I have heard about Venmo….no fee. My sister in law started telling me about it over Christmas. I started looking at it over winter break. Couldn’t hurt to check it out too. Thanks for sharing!
Venmo, thanks Phyllis, for reminding me. I have heard of it but forgot about it when I was writing the blog. I will do some research on that and update my blog. I suggested PayPal because more parents seem to know about it.
Thank you for sharing all your board games. My students love them. Suggestions for the new year hat game……have different sets of colored circles for different levels?
Happy New Year!
Phyllis, check out the birthday game, where the different levels are color coded!
Cool! I could combine the pieces on the same board. Thanks. : )
I loved it. Thank you.
Susan, I love what you do! Thank-you for opening the world of games for off-the-bench learning. I have a suggestion for you: In your board game, could you add a page in which the instructions for the games are all written out. This could become the back side of the game board, or a board on its own. I have been cutting and pasting your game instructions (because Memory is a thing of the past at my age!) and printing, but I know you could do a nicer job. A thought. Happy New Year!
Linnea, thank you for the suggestion. I’m not sure I can go back and do all my old stuff, however!
Just want you to know how much I appreciate you posting the snowman/popcorn gift idea! I have about 20+ students and this was
a lifesaver! Seems like it’s getting more expensive every year to give gifts
to all my students! This made it affordable and fun! Thank you so much!!
Congratulations on your new grandbaby! I realized a long time ago when I was a single mom working full-time and trying to get my Bachelors that my children needed to be my 1st priority before work and school! 🙂
Joy, that is so true! I always have put my family first and I have never regretted it!
I have three siblings who are different in just about every way! But they had such a blast with this and it was quite touching to see them working together. I have their three lessons back to back, so I took a little time off the end of each and then they pretty much sight-read it together to meet the 12 minute deadline for them. Loved that they could feel successful with this, even at their varying levels of skill, in such a short, focused period. Made a nice counterpoint to the weeks of prepping the same three or four pieces each for our January recital. Genius idea- thank you Susan!
You are a life saver!! Thank you, Susan!!!
Thank you very much for the new version of Jingle Bells. It will be great to use next year. Congratulations on your new grandson and thank you for everything you share during the year. Your time and effort are very much appreciated!!!
You’re welcome, Ann. And thanks for the congratulations!
I just found this wonderful Jingle Bells rendition this morning and I am going to have Groups this week – starting this afternoon! How timely your offer was. Thanks so much! And enjoy that new grandson!
You are awesome! Thanks for sharing! Mine turned out adorable! I used kettle corn because that’s my new obsession…mmmm.
THESE Are SO CUTE. You’ve really outdone yourself AGAIN. They were very inexpensive, very quick and very colorful….Just what I needed. My craft store had gloves on sale for 99 cents and popcorn at another discount store for only 33 cents.Thank you for saving me!
You are the best!!!!
Can you post a picture of the final product?
The picture at the top is the final product, right before I gave it to a student!
If it is not showing up for you, let me know! Maybe there is some internet glitch today, lol!
How sweet of you to share this, Susan! Thank you. And USEful!
Robin, and thank you for following my blog!
How creative!! Thank you for this cute idea!
You’re welcome, Allison. I didn’t think of the idea, but I drew the snowman, lol! I’ve also seen this done with other packages, like boxes of candy, etc. But my students really liked the popcorn. And it’s two gifts in one!
I used these all this week with my Group Lessons, and used M&Ms (red & green ones) for markers 🙂
Thanks for letting me know! Glad you could use them.
I have already purchased and received the Sorting out the Classics class but I would REALLY like to receive the Marvin Blickenstaff course. Do I have to take both classes in order to receive his? Please answer ASAP as I really want to enroll before its too late.
I know the carol as the title you’ve used. It’s not in the hymnal my church uses, but it’s on several Christmas CDs I have. The link you shared is, I think, the loveliest rendition I’ve heard. Thank you for sharing it and the carol for our students to play! I’ll be adding it to the booklet of Christmas music I give to the students each year.
Thank you Susan. It’s a beautiful Christmas song. I especially love the youtube link you shared!
What a fun and cute game, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you so much!! These are great!
You’re welcome! Glad you can use them!
Thank you for sharing these awesome games. An easy way to print front and back is to check the box “two sided printing”. It worked fine for me, and another site that produces cards does this same thing. The back page needs to follow each front to be able to use this method. Thanks again!
Great tip, Kathy! Thanks for the reminder!
This is unrelated to your post, but I was wondering if you still had the “note boys” on your site….I can’t seem to get them to come up when I search.
My kids LOVE them! I was just going to check to see if I had them all.
Thank you for all your work.
I’m teaching my 2 grandsons piano and I’m delighted to find your resources!
I’m glad you can use them, Meredith!
I’m having trouble opening your activity pages. I’m using Chrome. Should I be using something else?
This is a favorite piece with my piano students. It is a piece that inspires those on the edge to work a little harder and practice a little more. The fingering is practical and kids are able to follow the patterns. It is just the right mix of technique and sound to create a song that they love to play, perform and they are so proud of their accomplishment. It is difficult to find music for this level that meets those requirements. I am a HUGE fan of Susan’s site and her music. THANK YOU SUSAN!!!!!
Thank You! Thank You! Perfect for a whole host of things in my studio. I really appreciate this!
You’re welcome. And thank you so much for the idea. I really owe the design to you. I probably would not have thought to make two columns! I’m always making lists for my studio, and now maybe I can just edit the title and use it for a lot of things!
Susan, I love this. I would love to edit it but when I click on the chart it comes up as a pdf. It’s not editable. Did you mean to send a word document instead? Please advise. Thank you so much!
Karen, this is an editable PDF. All you have to do is open it in Adobe Reader and with your curser, click on the title. Then you just type over what I have printed. You can also delete the title, if you wish. If you see a light blue box around the title, don’t worry, that doesn’t print.
Love this, Susan. You know just what we teachers need and appreciate!
I have two students who will enjoy these pieces. Thank you for sharing your creativity!
Thank you for your hard work! Always helpful, always appreciated.
I just found your website, I think you offer great ideas for piano teachers. I like your concept on offering stuff for free and giving the opportunity to donate.
I hope so Peggy, and thanks for taking the time to comment!
I am always delighted with your fun activities, cards, teaching resources and music. You obviously put a lot of “love” into your work!
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Aw, how nice of you to say!
Thanks for the cute Halloween cards and fall bookmarks, Susan. My students will love them!
Thank you, Susan! Really appreciate having lots of beginners’ supplementary pieces. Yours are just grand! And the kids love them! 🙂
Thanks, that is so gratifying to hear. And tell your students I just love making piece for them and adding all the pictures!
Thank you for these 2 new pieces. The graphics are lovely.
Thank you very much, Ann! I did not draw the children in the Halloween piece. I just don’t have time to do it all anymore!
Thanks so much, Susan! Just what I was needing this week!
Glad to know that, Diane. I was kind of worried it was too late this year!
Lovely! Thank you again Susan for great little beginners’ pieces.
Thanks, Wendy! Appreciate the comment!
Lovely! Thank you again Susan for lovely little beginners’ pieces.
Susan, I love the chart! I’m wondering if you could make an individual chart, to use for listing specific pieces learned for a 30 or 40 piece challenge, with the cute graphics you had on the group chart. I would love that! I’m thinking it could look exactly like the group chart, only instead of a grid, just have blank lines to list pieces.
Yay! Printing this for my group lesson in a few minutes. Cute review for new students. Thanks for making it free!
Love! So versatile! I can use for all kinds of challenges!
Thanks, Donna! Glad you like it!
I tried to download the board games (halloween, scarecrow stomp and lady bug) and the file would not pull up. Are these games available somewhere else? They look so cute and I would love to use them with my students
They are working fine on my end. Maybe if you wait and try another time of day you will be able to download them. Each game on that page has a blog post where the file is also located. You can do a search that way. You can also Google: Susan Paradis lady bug game or whatever game you’re looking for.
Thank you Susan. I titled my first chart. Made 5 practices and will give a prize to students who get stars on 9 of the 13 weeks.
You’re welcome, Susan. I’m glad it can come in handy!
I like how you pointed out that it’s easy to find the root when you find the 4th. I love the song they sing in my son’s Let’s Play Music class (also on the Letsplaymusicsite.com demo video) that says “the note above the gap’s the root it just has rearranged.” Even younger children can understand this concept. Thanks for another great resource!
That’s a good suggestion! Thanks, Heidi!
I have had “make up a game for teaching Roman numberals” on my to-do list for the past year! I’m so excited you beat me to it 🙂 Anyone have tips or tried-and-true worksheets for helping students practice figuring out the inversion numbers?
Thank you so much!
Thank you for this game. I have a student who is just learning about triads and inversions so this will be very helpful. It will be great to use this alongside Triad Tic-Tac-Toe and the Inverting Triads posters which I found on your site some time ago (can’t seem to see them now so not sure if you still have them).
I was just looking for this sort of activity a few days ago to explain the notation used with the Roman numeral inversions. This is now in my teaching bag!!
That’s great, Mary. I have one more triad game left I need to post. It will require a little crafting.
I love this idea and just didn’t know where to start to create one! Thank you! Any possibility of making a “cool” one for high school students, especially a 16-year old boy?
Thank you Leigh. For more binder covers that you can personalize, check out the ones with key signatures, the calendar ones, and this link that has one for boys. https://www.susanparadis.com/binder-cover-bundle/
Awesome! Thank you for making one for my high school boy student to have a cool one for his age. I love your work! You have blessed me in my studio in so many ways!
Thank you so much! I needed that!
I’m a brazilian piano teacher. I love your website. Congratulations!
Susan, this is so wonderful. Thank you! I really appreciate you helping this non-techy, non-designer girl out!
It all sounds wonderful, but did you realize that it is now August 26- therefore the sale price is not applicable? Would you be able to extend the deadline?
That was a typo. The sale price is good until August 31. Thanks so much for alerting me!
Would love to get this game to use in my piano class, but I don’t see a link to be able to download it.
Joy, here is the link to the Scarecrow Stomp Game.
Thank you very much for this (and also for the instructions on how to edit it). I am sure my students will love it.
You’re welcome, Ann!
Awesome! thank you!
Thank you so much! This is wonderful. I have brothers from the same family. Now there are more color to choose from. Love them!
Thank you Susan! I love it!
Very good for little ones!
I loved that website. I started to cry with joy when I opened this site. I’m brasilian music teacher, and I use your games with my students.
Thank you for the lovely design! I love giving my families a calendar with all this info. Is there a matching binder cover with the same theme this year?
Hi Susan, have you made matching postcards for this theme? LOVE using this to set the tone for the year. I hope you are well and enjoying your summer.
Blessings from the East Coast of Canada!
Have you made a binder cover in this theme? I love your work!
Yes, I have one, but I will have to post it when I return from my vacation!
Your interval sheets are charming and practical, as always, Susan! I hope that maybe someday the Noteboys will tell us about Perfect vs. Major Intervals…? Anything that’s moving up the ladder with intermediate and advanced theory concepts would be very welcome. Those Noteboys are really fun!
I’d love some intermediate vocabulary sheets, too! Even my middle and high school students like cute things!
This is a fabulous tool. I’m having trouble getting my information in
the table you prepared.
Am I supposed to type the month first? And then when I press tab,
it doesn’t go back to the space to type the date. I can’t figure out what
I’m doing wrong.
Linda, I sent an email to the email address you have listed here, and it bounced back to me as undeliverable. You might want to personally email me to my gmail address that I have used to answer you in the past. Also, I added some more information to today’s post that might help you! Let me know!
Do you have an editable calendar this year? Last year it was so easy and wonderful to use!!! Thank you for all you do:)
No, Karen. I’ll see what I can do. I can’t remember how I did it and evidently lost the file!
As always, just great! It keeps my students informed and great for their binder and parent’s refrigerator! Love this year’s colors! And it was perfect timing to have ready for the return of students for fall semester!
Susan–this is just BEAUTIFuL!! Thanks!
Wonderful as always! Thank you for all your hard work.
Lori, I’m glad you like it!
Thank you! I love how you make so many matching/complimentary items to your theme every year. I think I use them all 🙂
Melissa, I love making the matching material. I wish I had more time!
Thanks, Susan! You’re the best!
Thank you, Diane. Hope you are doing well!
Great & colorful calendar – thank you!
Carol, you’re welcome. Hope it’s helpful!
Woohoo! I ***love*** your yearly calendars! Thanks!!
So how is the wild card used?
It can be any card.
Love it! A fun way to reinforce dynamics and articulation. Thank you!
I ordered a set of all 6 theory books by Mona Rejino. I really like them and am using them with several students so far and am planning to get more students into them next year. Here is my review.
The books are attractively laid out with easy to follow directions. Informational text is highlighted with pastel boxes of a different color for each level. Each level includes ear training and sight reading exercises, puzzles, score analysis, and a written review test at the end. A teacher answer key for each level is available online.
Level 1 covers:
-keyboard geography, basic note and rest values, finger numbers
-stem direction, note movement, the staff, lines and spaces
-time signatures, dynamics
-guide notes, step and skip, five-finger patterns
Level 2 covers:
-review of Level 1 concepts
-note naming by step and skip from guide notes
-tempo and articulation marks, tie and slur
-improvisation on five-finger pattern with teacher accompaniment
-intervals from 2nd to 5th, note naming by interval
-transposition from C to G five-finger position
Level 3 covers:
-review of Level 2 concepts
-8th notes and rests, adding flags
-enharmonics, half and whole steps
-five-finger patterns, major and minor triads in 6 keys
-introduces new dynamics, tempo, and articulation marks
Level 4 covers:
-review of Level 3 concepts
-intervals from 6th to octave
-major scales and key signatures for 5 keys
-introduces new dynamics, tempo, and articulation marks
Level 5 covers:
-review of Level 4 concepts
-3/8 and 6/8 time signatures, triplets, syncopation
-tonic, dominant, subdominant triads in 5 major
-triad inversions in 6 major and minor keys
-relative minor, minor scales and key signatures for 5 keys
-12-bar blues structure
-introduces new dynamics, tempo, and articulation marks
Level 6 covers:
-review of Level 5 concepts
-common and cut time, 16 notes, dotted 8th/16th
-order of sharps and flats, circle of fifths
-major and perfect intervals; augmented and diminished triads
-broken and blocked chords
-authentic, plagal, and half cadences in 6 keys
-chord progressions using common tones
-dominant 7th chords and inversions
-chordal accompaniment, lead sheets
-introduces new dynamics, tempo, and articulation marks
Great to have a New Zealand themed work sheet. I am sure my students will enjoy completing it. Thanks from one of you New Zealand fans.
You’re welcome, Margaret!
A student and I are reviewing key signatures while she heals from a thumb injury. I found the minor key signatures in 15 keys game – do you have any minor flashcards similar to this post? What else do you have to study the minor key signatures? Thanks for all you do!
This Kiwi Key Signature worksheet is so clever and so appropriate for my middle school students at this time. So many materials are for beginners and I appreciate this review for the intermediate students. Thank you.
Glad you can use it, Lavinia!
Thank you for the worksheets with fruit, candy, popsicles etc.
It makes it easy to have a meaningful snack at my 4 day summer piano camps.
You are so creative and we at GMTA appreciate you more than you can know.
Thank you Genie. I love meeting with all the very friendly and warm teachers at GMTA! You have a great thing going there!
You’re welcome, Phyllis.
Triple cone chord matchup or sorting game could be fun. Use triple decker chocolate and vanilla ice cream cones to represent the different black and white key patterns on the piano for chords. For example CF and G are all vanilla but B has vanilla on the bottom with two chocolate scoops. Maybe cutting the worksheet and adapting it to more of a game students could race minute to win it style to match all the ice cream chords with their correct cone key or play a memory matching game.
Thanks! It sound like a good idea!
These look very fun Susan! A great kick off for summer. : )
Susan, hello! I love your emails and getting new music. Thank you for your love of teaching and helping teachers with all your resources. I used these pieces of yours in our recital this year: Little Princes of the Garden, Midnight Snack, Water Lilies, and I’m Going to Leave Old Texas. They were well played and loved. Again, thank you!
Thank you, Nancy. I am so glad to hear that!
Dear Susan! Thank you very much! I really like and enjoy thw @Open in Note@
Dear Susan! Thank you very much for introduction to the OPEN in Notes”. It is really great!
Love! Great as always! Thanks for sharing. I love the edible! LOL
Do you have the page that can be printed on the back with the answers? When I clicked on it it said it wasn’t available. Thanks so much!!
Thanks for asking!
I have never made backs for the mini flash cards because they are rather small. You might be thinking of these, that have backs.
Thanks Susan! Those are the ones I had used for someone in the past. They are great!!
This is so great! I can’t wait to start using this app, it will definitely save me time and paper 🙂
Love your site, I use it for everything and have bought everything you have. I have a request though. Could you please make full octave fingering scales for natural minor? I see harmonic but not natural minor. Thanks!
They were created in a format that I no longer have available because they are very old. I can’t just modify the ones I have. I will have to start all over. It is on my to-do list!
Thank you so much! I used the Flower Recital certificates and theme for today’s Junior Master Class: photo on my Facebook Studio page. Thanks again.
Also, why is it that I first read your editable documents and edible? Must have food on my mind.
Diane, I always see edible too!
Hello! Thank you for sharing another beautiful recital certificate. My concerts were last month but I’ve saved for next year.
I’ll have to remember to post earlier. I imagine a lot of teachers have already had their recitals.
My print dialogue is only seeing them as 1 sheet. I cannot get them to separate.
I’m sending you a private email to see if I can help! [Edited: I found a broken link and fixed it so it should work now!]
I want to print the TMTA Rhythm review sheets and cannot find where they come up separately rather than in a stack of 3 sheets. Please help.
Tamah, if you wish to use them separately, in your print dialog box, select just the one you wish to print!
a paper clip works great on the fist
FISH! lol sorry
Love the B section, Susan! I’m not surprised that others think this is a great “boy” piece. I suspect the girls will like it, too. I’ve got a new transfer student who’s close to being a beginner, but needs a patterned piece so he can sound impressive while he’s mastering basics. This is a really good one!
Susan, I have a 10 year old brilliant but moody and hard to please boy who discontinued lessons in a huff several months ago. He just returned last week, (his own decision) so I really want to choose music carefully for him. I have just hit the jackpot with The Dragon’s Lair — perfect for him. Thank you, Thank you…. for your creativity.
That’s amazing, Lavinia. Thanks for sharing. My goal is to write fun etudes that get them playing, developing some technical/reading skills, and enjoying music. From there we can introduce classics, when they are ready.
Lavinia, could this boy have a diagnosable problem, such as Asberger’s? The brilliance and irascibility sound like clues. Good for you for loving him enough to try again.
Wow! This is a wonderful piece! I love it!
This piece is a hit in my studio! One student played it at our Halloween party, and most of those who heard it added it to their “I Want To Learn….” list.
I’m interested in trying this series. Can you tell me if the levels correspond to other theory series? For example, if a student has completed Keith Snell level 2, would I put her in level 3 of this series?
Betty, I am not really sure since I don’t have the Snell books on hand right now. Sorry I can’t be of more help.
Do you know how the theory books correspond to popular lesson series like Alfred, Piano Adventures, etc.?
They don’t correspond directly to modern method books. They prepare students for somewhat more advanced theory.
OK, thank you for the quick response. (Since you recommended it I thought you might have more information.)
Well, I don’t have the Snell books, so I can’t help you out with that. The review was written some years ago, and I have given all the books to students so I don’t have copies to look at. I can tell you that they are specifically made to be more advanced than method books and they are very good to prepare students for tests such as the Texas Theory Test. Level 1 will will teach all the notes on the grand staff, and is probably equal to about level 2 in a method book. I’m so sorry if I can’t remember specific details in the books, but it is very hard to remember specifics after so long a time. And this is not my full time job. You might be able to go to the Hal Leonard web site and see some pages from the books!
Thanks, I understand. I went ahead and ordered all the books, and I’ll update you when I get them. I couldn’t look inside the books on either Hal Leonard or Amazon, which is why I went looking and found your review.
Do you still have flash cards that have the answers on the back? I like to send home these kind so that parents who are unfamiliar with music can help their students. My adult students also use them for reinforcement practice.
Dear Susan, Thank you for sharing all this wonderful games and ideas, I take care of my beginners pupils as these first steps will mark a profound memories of love, sharing and learning. You are very refreshing and imaginative.
Thank you again.
Thank you, Laura!
LOVE THIS…thank you.
I’m so glad! Thanks for letting me know!
Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Handel, Orff, Grieg, Bizet, Wagner, Schubert, Schumann
I’d like to print Easter Egg Rhythms, but when I click on it, I’m taken to a main Easter page. Can you let me know of a link that will take me right to Easter Egg Rhythms? Thank you!
Cara, scroll down this page and click on the link Easter Egg Rhythms. The PDF file should open.
I can’t download any of the 2017 games n resources,help me.Thank u.
Hello Susan, thank you very much for these wonderful resources. My students and I enjoy them very much. The hymn arrangements are always welcome.
Thank you so much! My students love your worksheets.
Thank you very much for all your work! Great print outs, very useful, always with the link to coming holiday. Thank you again!!!
You could use them to literally play “go fish.”
Thank you for the Easter songs! They are great for my six piano students!
You’re welcome! I’m happy to know that students are learning them!
Thank you, Susan, for this hymn arrangement and the last one. While easy Christmas carol and general hymn arrangements are easy to find, Lent and Easter hymns for this level are not. So thank you for your skillful arrnagement–and for sharing it with us!
Rachel, thanks so much for your kind comments. I hope to add more in future years, but of course I can only do the public domain hymns.
Susan, this is wonderful for early students–and generous of you. Thank you.
Robin, you’re welcome and thank you!
Hi, could you please add the link to this printout? Thanks.
Key identification is often one of the challenges for young players. What a fun way to work on this. Thanks for sharing.
I love these Susan and so do all my students! They especially like the Doughnut Mystery. Thank you!
Susan thank you so muh for your resources!!!! They’re so great!
I love this song. I am so excited to start my students working on it. Thanks so much!
Thanks for letting me know, Jennifer. Just today I am starting to re-do all my sacred music, so I’m happy to know that someone uses it. It is going to take me a while, because the files are so old I’m going to have to start over. (Sometimes I post things and never really know if they get used so I really appreciate comments!)
Thank you, Susan, for the arrangement and the historical context!
Thanks for your comment, Leila. Do you enjoy knowing the history of things as much as I do?!
Thank you VERY MUCH Susan. This hymn is a favourite of mine too. You are so kind to share your excellent talent for good arranging. My students will benefit greatly from this.
Thank you so much, Susan! This is my very favorite hymn and I know some of my students will be excited to try it. And being able to give them a bit of background on it will make it even more interesting so thanks for that as well!
You’re welcome, Leisa.
Hi Susan, it looks like the file for the UK terms no longer exist on the website. Could the link have changed, perhaps?
Thanks for letting me know, Joanne, and I fixed the link.
I have been updating my website and it is so easy to miss things like this. I have many years of posts and I don’t think I will ever be able to update them all, so I really depend on teachers like you telling me about the broken links!
Thank you! I love all your work, by the way. Thank you so much for all you do! I especially appreciate the UK versions of the theory. It’s not easy to find those here in the States, so a huge THANK YOU!!
Thanks Susan, this was very popular with out music school even after valentines, good stuff!
3 of my students played this in 2015 for my Christmas program. It is a gorgeous piece and a great way for kids to learn to play together.
I used this piece for my students’ Christmas program. 2 siblings and their mother each played a piece. I love duets and trios and this piece was a hit during the performance!
Thanks so much!!!!
Note Rush now has a St Patrick’s Day theme too! Find it in the app store on iPad, iPhone or Android. 🙂
Hi Susan! You have so many resources it’s amazing! I was wondering, when you teach do you use a method book or do you just make your own materials for everything?
Thank you, Esther. I use method books and theory books. I supplement it with things I make. I use anything that works!
I’m so glad that I found your website. Thank you for sharing all of the materials and ideas for piano teaching. I’ll definitely use them for 3 year old next lesson.
I just wanted to say it’s amazing that you use the baking pan for playing with cards!
Susan, thank you so much for making these! I am going to be using them for the first time this year. Would it be possible for you to create a certificate for the Junior One Minute Club as well?
THANK YOU! I’ve been waiting for these 🙂
I loved this game! I used it with my beginners and even some older students–they ALL enjoyed it!!!
Thanks, Rachel! I hope your students fine it a fun way to learn rhythm!
Wow, Susan–wonderful! You are so right about people–and it’s not just kids!–benefiting from visual and hands-on learning. The more senses we can involve, the better and faster it sticks. I love the colors. Off to get some foam board–can’t wait to make this! Thank you so much for sharing your creative gifts!
When I ate at Pizza Hut, I asked them for a “personal pan pizza”-sized box and keep my Rhythm Pizza in it. My students love it!!
Thanks! That’s a great idea.
Susan, this is such a great, fun and cute game. I played it with a few teenagers using the ledger line cards and we had so much fun. We agreed we will do it each lesson for the month of February so they can get sharp on ledger line note names. But, it could definitley be used all year. I will also use it with all the rest of my students drilling all the “regular” notes. Thank you so much, we love it!
Thanks, Dana. It has been one of my more successful games!
Thanks for so many fun resources, Susan! I appreciate you sharing your wonderful talents!
These are wonderful, Susan! Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for your generosity!
Love this size! You are so right in recognizing the difficulty of those little fingers counting lines. These will be perfect! Thank you, God bless.
I’m not really understanding how you used the materials for our download for the game. How did you the line and space page? What was the page divided into two columns for?
Just trying to grasp what you were doing. Of course I can always adapt and do different games with the materials. Thank you!
Julia, the students are given a timed test on notes, either space notes or line notes. I used my phone as a stop watch to time them. To keep score, I wrote the times down on the page that has two columns. The second week the students switched from either space to lines or lines to spaces, depending on what they had been tested on the first week. The students were in teams, so I added up the scores to see which team won. It’s very simple, nothing complicated. It is just a way to make a timed test more fun. Read though the blog post again and see if it makes sense now.
I get it now. Thanks!
Julia, thanks for letting me know. This is one of those activities that was hard for me to explain. But my students liked it because it was kind of a mystery to them when I asked if they wanted to be a line or a space. They didn’t know what I was up to. Then they also liked the idea of teams working together.
Thank you for the wonderful resource you share with fellow teachers. My students and I enjoy the worksheets, games and music very much. They love it when I present them with a new “Susan Paradis” piece. I have told them that I would get in touch and thank you on their behalf. You have a following here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
With great thankfulness for your gift of music,
Jeannie, that’s is so sweet to hear. Tell them I really appreciate their thank you thoughts!
Bless your heart, you sweet lady!! Thanks so much!!
You’re welcome, Shirley! Thank you for the comment.
I never realized about the different areas of the brain being used for sight reading vs. note recognition. That explains a lot!! I love this visual, and especially your tidbit about the word GrandstafF. Very clever! My students enjoy your materials. Thank you for all you do, and your generosity. With my husband being unemployed for 3 years, your work has been a Godsend to supplement my lessons. God bless.
Thank you for your comments. It explains why students can know theory very well and still have problems sight reading. I tell my poor readers not to get discouraged, that sight reading can improve. I’m glad to know that I’m helping you out and that your students like the material. If you don’t already, consider charging students a yearly printing fee. Also, I order off brand ink, and it saves me a lot!
Thanks for your great games, Susan. They are such an inspiration to keep lessons fun. Just in time for Valentine’s. I can hardly wait to use them.
Thank you, Dorothy! It’s always encouraging to receive comments like yours!
I really like these for middle school students. Appreciate your hard work to make these.
Susan, This is a beautiful piece! I have given it to three of my students. They fell in love with it. Why do you like this piece:
3rd grader: I can see and hear the girl skating.
Adult: It is beautiful.
5th grader: I like the way it sounds.
How are your students able to draw actual lines on the IPAD worksheet? Is there an app that allows you to do that?
Emily, you have to use an app that allows annotation on PDF files. There are many available. I’ve written a tutorial on Meta Moji (also called Note Anytime) and Notability is a very good one.
Saturday Solos would make a perfect supplementary book for the beginning student. The solos are delightful, playful and simply refreshing. Because the pieces are pattern based with lots of stepping and skipping, it is a wonderful book for those students that need practice moving in different positions. In addition all the pieces lend itself well for students to learn and practice transposing.
This one will be a hit with my pre-teen and teen girls especially. I love the “music box” feel to it. Nice and light, simple and elegant. Wings on Ice describes it perfectly! Thanks Susan for a wonderful piece to motivate!
I love this!! I only recently discovered your site and am very grateful!! So full of clever ideas. I printed off the piano solo “Water Lilies” and my young students absolutely love it!! Thank you so much!
Thank you, Rhonda. There is a companion piece called Windsong, also, that has received good reviews.
GF — truly an “elegant” teaching tool!
Thanks very much, Martha.
What a great tit-bit!! Thanks so much-I’m amazed that it had never occured to me! I’m sure it will be useful for students, especially older beginners.
I shall use it a lot, but in the UK we say Grand Stave rather than staff so would there be any chance of a UK version of the PDF ?- especially as I would be drawing their attention to the title!
Kath, thanks for the nice words. I’ll post a UK version on the UK page very soon. If anyone doesn’t know where the UK page it, click on the tab above for “Free” material and follow the link.
Thanks! Great for 1st year students and a wonderful review for 2nd year students to reinforce note names and placement on the Grand Staff.
Brilliant. Simply (and I mean simple!) brilliant! Thanks for the reminder to Keep It Simple, Sweetie. And I never connected G to F (G of Grand to F of Staff) before. Thanks, Susan!
I used the Jingle Bells Trio with three 5th grade boys. They played it in our Clavinova Festival and our school piano recital. It was a big hit. I was able to record all 3 parts so that each boy could practice with the recording. That made it easy and it worked out great! I plan on using it with another group of students next year. Thanks!
Thank you for the Play Ball Worksheets. Many of my students are now heading into the lower intermediate category…AND I have some who are immersed in middle school basketball season now. Any chance of a Basketball Worksheet of upper, lower and or middle (between the staves) ledger line notes? Just a thought. Hope your holidays were restful and pleasant.
Thanks for the comment, Lavinia. I have a student in basketball, too, and I bet he would enjoy what you suggest. I can’t promise I can get it made for this season, but I will try!
Thank you SO much for your awesome work!!! This will add to my teaching that bit of enthusiasm that is needed!!!
I remember once watching a video of a performance of a piece for one piano, six hands, and thought something like this would be great for some of the families that I teach. I was pleased to learn of this arrangement. The second grader was very excited about it and was able to get her 6th grade brother and mom to join in. The 6th grader just started playing tuba and once he realized that the bass line was like a tuba part, he also became enthusiastic. Mom felt a little self-conscious about playing the middle part, but all three of them worked together and they sound great! I look forward to having one of my other families learn Jingle Bells for Three next Christmas!
Your comment really means a lot to me because that’s exactly how I would like it to be used. I would love for more families to be able to share music together!
Thank you so much for your resources! I have recently started a position where I will teach choir and piano 2-8 grades, and this is a literal God send!
Wonderful Christmas music shared! My students and I thank you very much! Merry Christmas! – L.
Just found your website and I am amazed by how many resources you have made! Wow, thank you so much!
You’re welcome, Esther. I hope you find something you can use.
Good afternoon Susan. Thank you so much for these arrangements.
You are great
You’re welcome, Janet. It is really gratifying to share these with other teachers. I love Christmas books, but sometimes you just need something you can get to quickly.
Susan, thank you for the great pre-reading Christmas songs and Animal Songs bundle! I have a new little 6-year old, and now that there’s no real sheet music store within a reasonable driving distance, getting these was the answer!
I usually send you a donation about this time of year because I SO appreciate all the games and teaching aids you’ve made available for other teachers.
Maybe I’ll get down to Texas this summer and can meet you!
That would be great! You might want to re-think Texas in the summer unless you really love hot weather, although everything is air-conditioned.
What do you think of the duets in the animal songs? It was so much fun trying to come up with teacher duets to make the one and two note music more interesting.
Thank you for sharing, Susan. Happy Thanksgiving…
You’re welcome and thank you for your comments. There are no new arrangements, but I did revise about half of them.
Thank you for making these available.
Thank you so much! Your work is phenomenal!
You are such a blessing!
Thank you so much, Susan. I love all of the Christmas music–and other music–and other resources, but right now I’m most appreciative of the pre-staff Christmas music you’ve shared here. While Christmas music can be found in books and elsewhere for on-the-staff students, for those who are still pre-staff, there just isn’t another resource that I have been able to find for those students. Thank you so much for sharing these. All of my students want to be able to play Christmas carols this time of year, and so practice time goes through the roof, and so does progress! 😉 Thank you-thank you-thank you!!!
Rachel, you’re welcome. I’m happy to share my pre-staff music!
Thanks so much! Happy holidays!
Thanks s0 much, Susan! I visit your site often for my students.
You’re welcome. I’m glad you stop by!
Thank you so much for these great educational resources! I use your sheet music and handouts quite a bit with my students. You’re always one of my go-to blogs that I check out first.
Thank you, Katie! What a nice thing to say. I’m in the process of trying to organize and re-do all my old material. I hope it will make the blog easier to find things.
Your resources are amazing! I will definitely be using some of these.
I was wondering if you still have a copy of your half/whole rests poster. (Here’s the link to the blog post: https://www.susanparadis.com/whole-and-half-rests/)
When I tried to download it a message up saying it no longer exists.
Thanks so much!
It looks like it’s missing. I’m not sure what happened, but it not exists. I might be able to dig it up when I get a little extra time.
I am able to use inexpensive ink in one of my printers, so I am printing them at home. They look beautiful. Thanks so much!
My students will love these! Thank you!
The bingo game might be fun at your group lessons, Mary. And if you want to, you can use the Office Depot discount to save your printer ink, because I did get a little carried away with the design!
Just gave this to a couple of my students yesterday! One is still in early elementary level and his sister is late elementary. BUT…I think these songs will get them practicing for a little bit. She played all 10 songs during a part of her lesson. He made it through most, but has to work because of the moving hand positions. (That’s great!!)
Melissa, thanks for your comment. Sometimes I underestimate how much harder it is when the hand positions change, even though I try so hard to give the different positions so they don’t get locked into one! I think it is just how some students think.
Just fyi…on the whole steps/half steps worksheet… Not a typo, but one of the examples is without the yellow circles and red arrows indicating the keys on the piano. Definitely ok, but I figured you wanted it to match the rest.
Thank you for all of your teaching materials!
Thanks for letting me know! I always appreciate it when I’m told about mistakes and typos!
Thanks again. I love the composing help.
Thanks for the creative, fun songs for Thanksgiving! I’m sure my students will love them!
Thanks! I hope they do!
Love your games!
Penny, Thank you very much!
Thank you so much, Susan. I have made a small donation for this game, and for others I have used in the past. Most of my kids are older now, but they still love to play the old games. I hope every blog follower makes a small donation now and then — it’s small recompense for your hard work, creative gifts, and generous spirit!
Thank you, Darlene.
Looking forward to sharing with my students. Thank you!
How wonderful and timely!
How wonderful and time;y!
Hi there! These games look so fun! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us! I’ve been using your site for a while now. 🙂
But I’m having a hard time getting any of these Halloween games/songs, etc to download. Has anyone else had any trouble with it today? Thanks, in advance!
C Walker, no one has mentioned trouble today, but I know that sometimes if there is a lot of traffic things slow down.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!
Karla, you’re welcome!
thank you so much for these songs I relay used it
This song is yet another reason we are so glad we found this website. This piece was a great Halloween treat to make playing the piano even more fun.
Thank you Ellen. I’m glad you found it!
Ellen, so glad he is having fun with the piano!
This game was so much fun, our child didn’t want to stop playing it! The “card of doom” was a huge hit, and I noticed a better grasp of note names immediately after playing the game.
Thanks for the comment, Ellen!
This piece is a perfect Halloween treat — fun and challenging but not TOO tricky! 😉 We are so pleased that the piece comes with two levels, so our child can enjoy it and be challenged by it in future years. We love it!
Thanks so much for all the great resources, Susan. This game got rave reviews from my 6 1/2 year old student yesterday! She declared it more fun than all other board games ever. 🙂
Really! Thanks for letting me know. Tell her I’m really glad she likes it and that I made it for students just like her!
This will be fun for my 6-9yr. olds! Thank you!
Love this game! We play it every year. Thank you!
Thanks! That’s good to hear. I hope it helps your students and they have fun!
Thanks! I recommend your website all the time!
Susan, I love your games and the art work is exceptional. You do a great job! Thank you so much for sharing your work so freely. You’ve enhanced my piano studio immensely.
And Lara, thank you for your support of the site and for your encouraging words! I’m just glad your students are able to enjoy the things I maKe!
Thank you for sharing another great fun learning game with the usual fantastic graphics.
Ann, thank you! I hope your students like it!
I can’t get anything to print!
Have you checked the FAQ? Without more information I can’t help you. Be sure to save the file before you try to print it. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader.
Susan – Thank you for this wonderful autumn game. The art work is fantastic. It is great for my studio since it is fall centered and not Halloween (I have several students that do not participate and I don’t care for it either ). I really like the flexibility to do just a few staff cards and also the keyboard cards and love the “fun” cards!!! Thanks again!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece. The kids love it. I love all the choices that come with this purchase. I hope there is a Christmas/Holiday piece like it coming soon.
Thanks, Susan, for yet another version of finding notes on the staff. These games work out great for a quick activity in the lesson.
You’re welcome, Deborah. I love to make games and I’m glad if they can help!
I’ve played every game around to help a student who can’t seem to learn her notes. Thanks for giving me fresh material!
You’re welcome, Robbin. We have to keep trying. Some children seem to take forever. Then some know the notes on worksheets or flashcards,but can play the on the page!
Thanks again for sharing your fabulous creativity!!!!
I so admire your creativity and ideas! Thanks for those of us who aren’t as creative and who appreciate the ways to make piano learning FUN!
Was this a digital? I received an email from PayPal that said I hadn’t given instructions to the merchant. Now what?
The bats & cats game is one of the most popular during Halloween. They want to play or all the time. Thanks so much.
Thank you, Andrew. There is nothing better I like to hear!
My students LOVE your ladybug game, so I know they’ll adore this one as well! Believe it or not, I’ve only won this game ONCE, but I’ve played it no less than 20 times. It was great when two sisters played together, and the older sister was teaching the younger sister. Thank you so much for creating all the wonderful material you create!
You’re welcome. There is nothing I like doing more than helping students enjoy piano and learn theory in a fun way. I, also, have very bad luck and usually always lose, and that is a good thing! The more than win, the more they want to play. The more they play, the more they learn their notes!
I took your suggestion and bought the app. I love it! My students really enjoy it. It is helping with note geography a lot!
Note Rush is a note reading app that is simple, intuitive, and fun. I like the fact that it’s customizable, since I have students of various playing levels and the fact that they actually get to play the notes! Thanks for sharing..
Very cute Susan! Just bought! While all my students already have their performance piece for this year (Halloween Festival is really early this year), this will be a great supplemental piece to give out and then of course there is always next year too!
I’ve put several items in the shopping cart, but can’t find how to get to the point where I pay and get the items. Help!
Diane, I sent you a private email with instructions. If you have any more trouble, please reply to that email and I will offer more help!
Susan, this practice sheet is great! It will really encourage my students to keep track of their practice – and to practice. 🙂
I have ruined two sheets by skipping a date or two. Is there a way we could edit the date lines too? That would be a great help to me!!
I love this! Thank you, Susan, for all you do! It makes my job so much easier and more enjoyable. I wanted to ask you, do you keep the practice log at the front of their binder and then also use a separate assignment sheet weekly? Thank you!
Great! As far as the practice log, I don’t use it. I made this because of popular demand!
May I ask why you don’t use this practice log?
Karen, I don’t really need it. There is a practice long on their assignment sheet and for little ones I use the robot and pony sheets I made some years back.
May I ask why you don’t use this practice log? I’m just curious.
Thank you, Susan! It looks awesome! You’re the best!!
Thanks for sharing.
I can’t wait to try in my studio
I can’t wait to use this new book, “Songs I Already Know”. Not only are the songs familiar to most of my students, the duets make them even more fun. They are so well done….simple, yet just right. I like the fact that they aren’t busy enough to distract my little ones while we play together. This will be the perfect “back to lessons” activity for a lot of my students when we start next week. It will be a lesson for some and a sight reading activity for others. Thank you, Susan Paradis! You’ve done it again!!
This is so cute, Susan. I’ve already printed out the page for my two students who are the right age for this. They will enjoy the art work so much!
So colorful and useful, too. Students will love to record their time for themselves, to show parents and piano teacher. Thanks for the beautiful practice sheet!
Amo seu trabalho!
Grande beijo do Brasil!
Thank you, Susan! I spent the past week reorganizing my games and materials. Many many of them came from you – including many of my favorites. Thanks so much for all you do!!
You’re welcome! I’m glad you can use them!
Susan, this Practice Log is fantastic. I just printed them out for my students and they are all ready to go on Monday. Just what I needed! Your art work is so alive and colorful and the format is so easy to use. Thank you, Thank you.
Lavinia, thank you so much for that! I am not an artist but I have always liked color. I can’t draw anything but cartoons! It took a long time to get up the courage to share my artwork!
Oh my. I read–below the photo of the chart–“Today’s post is an EDIBLE practice chart…”
I was amazed, and the thought flitting through my mind was “how can it work???” when I realized I’d read it wrong. Time for new glasses? Or a new brain? LOLOL!
Thank you, Susan, my students will appreciate the chart. And not being forced to eat it! 🙂
I know, Robin! I get hungry just typing it. Half the time I spell it wrong, too. I would like to call it something else, but what? 😉
I did the same thing, Robin! LOL.
You are awesome! Enjoy everything you post and it makes my life so much eaiser. Thank you for all you do
Thanks, Diane. It makes me happy to share!
Thanks Susan, your templates are always much appreciated:)) Have a great teaching year!
You’re welcome, Judith!
Looking forward to having the means to set our own note parameters for different students as my students work up to join the one-minute club.
Thanks for the review Susan! So glad you and your students are enjoying Note Rush so much! 🙂
What a fabulous find! Thanks for sharing!
I’m so excited to hear about this note naming AND playing app! I’ve really discovered that my students are just like you said, they can name it but can’t always play it. I’ve been drilling them with the name it/play it method for 2 weeks now and they have all improved! Can’t wait to show them this app to make it more fun. You continue to make me look like an awesome teacher! Thank you for all you do.
I downloaded this a few weeks ago when seeing a comment on Piano Funmakers. It’s great! We’ve been enjoying it at our lessons.
I will definitely be purchasing this app. This is the second review that I have read about Note Rush. One Minute Club starts next week with my students and this app will be brilliant to add to the home practise! Thanks so much for the review. Sounds like a great resource.
Does the video work?
Which video are you asking about?
Thanks Susan; You may have saved a parent from expiring trying to learn notes
LOL Have a great weekend!
Thank you for your wonderful artwork on the binder covers. Love them
Thank you Susan! You always come up with things that help me teach a more ’rounded’ lesson! Great way to review some of those vocabulary words!
Glad you like them, Carol!
Thank you; these will be fun! Looks like a wee typo on the first page… I think the second option for dominant was meant to say the *fourth* note of the scale (or you could put 4th).
Thanks for letting me know about the spelling. I wish I could proof better! I fixed it on the color and B&W page. You may need to reload to see the new version.
Love these, although I wish it had said, What DID you do this summer?
You’re right! I didn’t notice that. I actually made that sheet a while back and I really wanted to post it for summer camps but some other things got in the way.
I was excited to see Susan’s new book “Songs I Already Know”. Unfortunately, I have found that my students DO NOT know some of these songs, so it will be a double learning tool. The art work is beautiful and so reflective of each song. I love playing duets with my students, and that is a real bonus in Susan’s new book. I had already used “Sunny Solos” and “More Sunny Solos”, and each week my student asked to play them. This new book is filled with great songs and is truly a treasure.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review the book. I appreciate it very much. I hope this will encourage more teachers to share with their students our legacy of folksongs.
Thank you for these beautiful files. My students will be so happy to receive the colorful surprise in the mail!
This is amazing! Thanks for the share Susan! I will be sure to share these with the piano teachers here in Singapore 🙂
I was so excited when I saw your new book. I already have it printed out and ready to go. My 4th grade student absolutely loved “Sunny Solos” and “More Sunny Solos”. I can’t wait to present your new book.
The graphics are awesome and I simply love when I can play duets with my students. Thank you for such a beautiful book of music! I find that children these days don’t really know a lot of the folk songs, so this is a treasure. Thank you!
Joanne, thank you so much! What nice comments! Would you be willing to add these to the product page?
Yes, I would be honored. Your work is just incredible and you are so gracious to offer most of your creations free or at a minimal cost. Thank you.
Thank you, Susan! I just bought this and can’t wait to try it out. I will be using this book with all of my young beginners. The duet parts are fantastic! They will be perfect for a sibling pair that I teach, and for a beginner whose mom plays piano. And of course, I love studio licences!! It’s so cool to be able to give students a book of their own to keep! Thank you for all you do!
Thank you so much, Susan!! Love it as always. Perfect timing because we start fall semester this week. Kids go back to school here this week.
So glad you like it, Donna!
I have been using your calendar and binder materials for 2 years. They are marvelous and wouldn’t use anything else. Excellent job, Susan – as always – and thank you so much.
Laura and Diane, I’m really glad the calendars are helpful for you!
Thank you! Thank you! I appreciate you putting out these calendars to use!
You can also use light weight paper and mod podge onto wood blocks.
Three of my students, who are sisters, performed at the Christmas recital last year. They enjoyed it, because they all could play together, even with the 7-year-old, who is a beginner. It is a beautiful arrangement, and the audience loved it.
Thank you, Susan. I just remembered a little while ago that I had not filled out certificates for tonights recital as I have been out of town and this week has been a whirlwind. The thought of doing them by hand was daunting. While looking through my studio emails for some other information, I saw your post and was able to add the information to personalize each one and I am done! I used some paper with a music border that I had, and I slipped each one into a clear sheet protector. Thank you for saving me today!
I just love your resources and would use something nearly every week in my studio. You are my “go to” place when I am looking for something
That’s awesome, Susan!! Thank you so much! I will be using these a lot!
This is wonderful. Thank you!
I think this is an amazing idea! I just hope I have time to have students get it done before Fathers Day, although a gift is great ANY day, right? I’ve got some ideas noodling around in my brain, but how did you have the students prepare it as a gift? Did you have them mount it on anything, or make a card out of it? Just curious
I had my students play it for their Dad as their gift. But I have some of those big envelopes that are the size of a folded sheet, so thanks for the card idea! Or, they could be laminated. One year we rolled them like a scroll and tied with a ribbon. I don’t recommend that because they wouldn’t stay open for the students to play!
Sounds good! I rarely have Dad’s at the lessons, but I can see the students playing for him at home!
Yippee! I planned to use the on-staff version in June’s group lessons and hoping an off-staff was available. Thanks for sharing both.
BrilliantSusan. You are leading me step by step to be a better, more ’rounded’ teacher for my poor children/ students who must get so be with my ‘same old, same old’ lessons. Thank you.
You’re welcome, Ros. Thank you very much for the feedback!
This is awesome, Susan! Thanks so much.
I wonder – could you some day create a generic off-the-staff composing printable that could be used to write a song about anything the student is interested in? I have a beginning student who wants to learn a song about fairies!
Ellen, that sounds interesting, but I’m not sure how to go about it!
Hi Susan! I’m visualizing a worksheet just like this Father’s Day one, but with no title and no words – and some non-specific graphics. (Actually, the graphics on this one would be perfect!)
Ellen, I get it. It could be helpful to make something like that!
I think so too!
These composing activities are invaluable for those of us who are composing-phobic but who want to encourage our students not to be! 🙂
Thanks for all you do, Susan!
Is there any way of removing the “Page 1” that shows up on the certificate when you go to print it? Thanks.
If you see a page number, we are happy to report the page number does not show up on the printed certificate!
Hurray! So happy to have the off-staff version! Thanks for this, Susan. I’m having my students work on this now — since many of them will not be taking weekly lessons in June. I’m saving their work (along with a recording of them playing the piece) in the Notability app, and will e-mail it to their Dads on Father’s Day.
Great ideas, Anna. I’m glad I got the off-staff version made in time for you to use it. I never realized I didn’t ever post an off-staff version!
I would like to thank you for your work. I am new to your site. I’m in preparation for my annual recital in June and I have been looking for pre-reading material for one of my new students. I was able to download two of your valentine pieces but I was trying to download the play set 2 and was unsuccessful. Thanks again
Janet, have you tried saving the file to your desktop before you open it?
These look great, Susan. Thank you for your hard work and sharing these versatile forms.
You’re welcome Diane. Sometimes we just want something simple in black and white!
Huge, Huge thank you, I am in the UK and have set up my own music teaching practice after 23 years of being a school teacher, and I am so grateful that you have put UK versions of your amazing worksheets and games. I teach mostly guitar, ukulele and piano, and the games are fabulous to play with younger pupils. Once again thank you- I love computers, but do not have your skills or design flare!
Thank you Allison. I try to remember to make both versions! I appreciate your kind words, but as far as my design skills, well let me just say I’m like the music student who is just average, but sticks with it so long and practices so much, they finally can do something! And that is how I honestly feel! I just keep plugging along and learning as I go, so don’t give up if you want to create your own material.
Thank you very much for the great music certificates. My students and I appreciate all your hard work. Thank you.
You are welcome and I hope I did everything correctly so that it will be easy for teachers!
Can I adjust the font size on the fillable Certicate?
No, I’m sorry to say Adobe Reader has no way to do that! Can’t change the size and can’t change the font. However, you can use your own fonts if you print it blank and reinsert it into your computer and do it yourself without using the fields in Adobe Reader.
Just wanted to let you know that the animal alphabet certificates are missing an I in Congratulations.
Thank you so much! I did a rush job and fixed both of them. You may have to download them again or refresh you screen to see the correct version!
I can’t get the pdf file to open…..?
Always save the file to your desktop before you try to open it.
There are several browsers and printers and some don’t work well with PDFs. Please check the FAQ at the top of my website where I list some reasons you can’t open files. One of those should help. If not, you may need to have someone in person help you.
Susan, you can buy colourful patterned card stock from Michael’s. Then there is no need to print and paste onto another colour. But the dominoes will be less thick. I like laminating my stuff, kids tend to have sticky or sweaty fingers. So put the page through a laminating machine or take it to a teacher store for a small fee per page. I bought my home laminator from Walmart.
Great suggestion, Ivea!
I put dominoes on card stock and then stick them to sticky-backed foam paper. (I “laminate them” with package sealing tape…)
Thank you for a great idea!
This is my student’s favourite game! Thank you so much for sharing your creative talents Susan!
The Lady Bug game is a hit in my studio!
I love using your wonderful materials. They have added another dimension to my teaching! I would like to send a contribution, if I had a mailing address.
Thanks for updating this, Susan. I look forward to using these at May group lessons. I set a specific length of time for students to complete the piece and we take turns playing their compositions. It’s a lot of fun and the students compose some very interesting pieces.
Thank you! I used this activity last year and it was a big hit with students and Moms!
Thanks so much for this, Susan! I know my students will enjoy this, as well as the moms. Happy composing!
Thanks so much. I’ll try it out !
Susan, this is very helpful. I am totally addicted to my beautiful Henle scores, of which I have many! and I had the same doubts and reservations you mentioned when I recently heard about this app. I am going to check into this, and hope to purchase an AirTurn pedal very soon — maybe at the MTNA conference coming right up. Thanks!
KathyG, Henle has a feature in their app that if you double click the pedal you can back to the beginning of a repeat. The AirTurn does not support this feature. (I have an AirTurn myself.) The pedals with this feature include the PageFlip Cicada and Firefly pedals. I am not making any suggestions, but I just wanted to let you know.
Susan, thanks for the additional info on the page turning. I hadn’t specifically settled on which page turner I would get, it’s just that AirTurn is the brand name I happen to know. If you were going to buy one now, which would you get? i.e. do you know anything else about the other two that would make them preferable? I am going to be at the MTNA conference in San Antonio and I know that often vendors have special show deals — I was hoping to pick something up at a bit of a discount while there.
Kathy, I don’t know if I would get a pedal page turner in order to use just one feature from one app that I would have to buy a lot of scores for, anyway! I would probably get the one with the most features for the money and I know you can get good deals at MTNA. Repeats don’t seem to be that important to me. Remember the double tap to go back to repeats only works in the Henle app and you have to buy all their music. I like my AirTurn!
Wow, very cool! Thank you for the review! I hope the Android version will be similar. The improvements you mentioned though world definitely be worth mentioning to the developer. Especially an “undo” feature!
Thank you, Susan! It is great that you are “ahead of the game” on this and let us know what features you like and what you hope for in their next version. It makes me eager to get right on it!
I love all your composing activities! My piano students love the colorful pages and the opportunities to be creative!
What an awesome, valuable resource to have in the studio. Such a work of love! I’m so appreciative and will use these with our technic study. Thanks, Susan!
You’re welcome, LadyD!
This is so wonderful!!! Thank you! You are an angel.
Great! Thank you for this wonderful resource.
I used the 6/8 rhythm cards today and my one student noticed an 8th rest on one of the cards. I think it should’ve been blank (no rest) so that the answer he was looking for ended up being an 8th note.
You’re right. I should have left off the 8th rest. My bad. Maybe you can ask the students to find Susan’s mistake. But I’ll make new cards as soon as possible.
[Ed: I fixed the 6/8 card mistake, but you may need to refresh your screen and/or delete the old one. Or to save paper, you could white-out 8th rest. It is the first card on the left.]
what does the game board look like? I see the title page decorated with 4 typical rhythm cards and then two pages of rhythms
Oh now that cover page is gone and there is one with different notes in a circle inside a shamrock
The one with the circle is a very old version. It’s not posted anymore.
The first page is the game board.
the link to the 1 octave major scales is not working.
Agreed! The 1 octave major scales link is not working.
It seems to be working for me. Try it again. You could have been trying to open it at the same time I was trying to fix and upload the corrected version.
I’ll bet you’re right…It works now! Thanks, Susan! 🙂
Perfect timing! I was just thinking of finding some minor scales for my students to learn and yours were in my inbox! Thank you for all your time making these!!
Be sure you print the version with the correct 5-finger C# minor!
Thank you! I love your picture scales, especially the 5 finger patterns that I can use with my younger students and they feel so successful! I’m looking forward to trying the one and two octave scales.
Susan, I just noticed 2 extra dots on the C# minor 5-finger pattern that you may want to fix. Thank you for your hard work in making your picture scales.
Got to fix that right now!! Thanks!
[Edited: I fixed it, but you might have to refresh your screen to see the correct version.]
Lovely. You can see you put a lot of work into you stuff. Thank you.
I just printed out your Shamrock Rhythms game, but I am not seeing a gameboard? Did I miss something? I just have the title page and 2 sheets of rhythm cards. Help would be appreciated. Love your website and resources!
Jennifer, there is no title page, just a game board and rhythm cards.
Is there a backing to the cards?
No, not for these.
It’s great to have some cards for older students. Thank you!
Thank you! This is perfect, especially the 6/8 time ones. I love your work~you are a blessing to a computer-challenged teacher!!
Just printed, laminated, and cut the Shamrock Rhythms. I’m so excited to
share these with my students. Top of the Mornin’ to Ya, Susan!
Thank you. God bless you for making me look good.:)
These look really good, thank you ….. but why is there only a crotchet at the end of each line of the stave version ? would not a dotted minim be better?
I made a typo when I was re-making them. I just changed the PDF to a dotted minim, but it will take a while to change the image in my blog post. If you have already opened the file, you will need to refresh your screen.
Susan, thank you so much! I have two students who are going to feel musically mature because of this. I am rather in awe of your computer skills, too!
You’re welcome. I’m going to use them today!
You are wonderful! Thank you so much! This will TOTALLY help me with my extracurricular choir – and just in time for when we are ready to actually start on note reading. Thanks!
Glad you told me that! So glad I can help!
Thank you Susan–as always your rock–shamrock–that is!
Leila, thanks. You made my day! Will I see you at MTNA?
Thanks! That’s awesome!
You’re very welcome. I hope it is something you can use.
Thank you so much! I just installed Mobile Note. But I can’t find the colors. Any suggestions?
Mobile Note is not one that I’ve ever used. But usually if you select the drawing tool and hold down your finger on it, a box with the colors and size of the lines (you want to draw or write) will pop up. If that doesn’t help, you can usually contact the app developer.
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!
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.
Thanks Susan! I imported it to Notability and have it ready to use at today’s lessons!
You’re welcome.That is good to know! Notability is a good one!
Thank you for the stave, great idea.
Thank you for the staff paper. The harder thing is finding a program that works with it and figuring out how to get it in the app. You say you’ve found some apps that work. Which ones do you use, and what other ones have you found? And how did you get the paper into the app? That would be very helpful!
Jeanne, please check out this tutorial. https://www.susanparadis.com/metamoji-note-an-app-for-writing-on-the-ipad-and-other-tablets/
We love Sunny Solos, as first repertoire for very early note readers, and fun sight reading practice for those with a bit more experience. Some of the pieces are also ideal for pre-readers to learn by ear or rote. Imagine their delight when they are later able to decipher the notation and recognise the tune! The pieces are short and appealing with simple illustrations, and the teacher duet parts bring them to life and enrich them without too much distraction. I’ve had several pupils buy the whole book: now that it comes with a studio licence I’ll be using some favourite tunes with even more children. One child loved ‘Wild Horses’ so much that we had to play it to finish off almost every lesson, after deciding on various tempos and dynamics for variety! Another child remembers and loves ‘I can see the stars’ more than three years after learning it. Many of my pupils have taken to ‘Happy times are here’ with gusto, and some have made up their own verses for sad times and other emotions. I have given it only 4 stars not 5, simply because a few of the topics and words are not relevant to children in the UK. But most are!
Fantastic; thanks, Susan. I’m not sure I understand how these can be used on the iPad. Can you explain?
Linnea, please check out this tutorial that I wrote a while back for an app that has both a free and paid version. https://www.susanparadis.com/metamoji-note-an-app-for-writing-on-the-ipad-and-other-tablets/
Unfortunately I can’t get the link to open. Any suggestions? It opens part way then stops. 🙁 Thanks for all your free materials Susan!
I’m glad that my email reply was able to help you!
Thank you so much for your time!
Do you know when this will be available in the US? I’ve been looking for it and haven’t been able to find it yet.
Melanie is expecting it to be out soon. Try emailing Alfred music and maybe they will know by now.
Sounds great! I haven’t found any Ipad apps I love. Do you have any you recommend?
Have you tried Note Race Derby? That is probably the one used by the most teachers, in my experience giving presentations.
Staff Wars is a great note naming app. Especially appeals to boys but girls also love the action. Note Squish is fun too.
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
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!
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?
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!
Thanks! I couldn’t find an explanation for the junior one minute club using search. What is the difference between junior and regular?
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!
Would love to hear some reviews of this…anyone out there using these? Thanks!
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!
Thank you SO much for sharing this. I used this in private and shared lesson time this week and last, leading up to Valentines’ Day. Such a good review, with simple rules. The kids really enjoyed it. (PS. I found it better to cut the little hearts around their heart shapes, not the dotted lines.)
Love these! I don’t see a link to download them. Am I missing something?
Thanks to letting me know I left off the link. I’ll go back and try to fix that. This should be the correct link: https://www.susanparadis.com/music-valentines-day-card/
I have a quick suggestion for extending this game. It would be great if you had a page of the heart cards that were blank so teachers could put in other music elements along with the notes. Let me know if you decide to offer that:) But my students are having a blast with it just being notes, too. Thanks
That’s a great idea, Barbara. I’ll try to remember that next year!
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I enjoyed your games! Thank you so much, Susan.
You’re welcome, Hulda!
Such a cute game, Susan. The students will love playing this even in a private lesson where they will get to “steal” from the teacher! Thanks so much for this.
What a cute handout! And Stars Wars seems to be all the rage with the kids right now. I’ll definitely be using these with my students.
I would love to download some of your worksheets to use with kids on my iPad. How do I do so? Will it go into iBooks or somewhere else? Excited to have found your site. Thanks!
Karen, you can open read PDF files in iBooks, but you can write or draw on them. There are many apps that you can open the worksheets in and draw on. MetaMoji Note and Notability are easy to use. Last year I wrote a tutorial on MetaMoji. https://www.susanparadis.com/metamoji-note-an-app-for-writing-on-the-ipad-and-other-tablets/
You just spared my sanity as I am just starting to teach music as a volunteer and don’t have enough time to create everything from scratch. THANK YOU for all you have provided!!! Plus, your stuff is ADORABLE!
How fantastic! Star Wars is definitely a winner!
Love everything you do for us. You are so appreciated! Is there a link so that I can print out the games please
How do you play this pumpkin patch game? On the board of the game i dont know where to start this game?
You can find the directions on this page: https://www.susanparadis.com/pumpkin-patch-file-folder-game/
It’s a matching game. Student’s draw a pumpkin card and put it on their board.
Wonderful as always!!!
Thank you so much! Perfect!
Perfect! Thank You!!
Glad you like them! They were fun to make!
You’re welcome. I hope your students like them!
Thanks, I was just planning a group lesson with Star Wars theme! And happy creative New Year to you!
That would be a fun group lesson. You should post some photos!
These look so fun! Thank you!
I hope your students think they are fun. It’s kind of hard to make key signatures fun, but I always try!
This was a very special part of our Christmas recital this year. We have a few families that have 3 siblings taking lessons, and all of them have an itty-bitty for the youngest. This piece was perfect, and brought the parents to tears! Thank you for this gorgeous and helpful arrangement; it was a HUGE hit.
I had three siblings – ages 6, 9, & 11 – play it at our Christmas recital this year, and it was a huge hit! Even the 6 year old who just started lessons in August was able to play his part well, and they all had fun getting to play together!
The worksheet only prints in color when I ask for black and white.
Dorothy, check your printer manual on how to change the setting at the printer level. I know on my printer, I have to change it in several places.
Hi Susan. FYI There’s an error on the sixth example. Maybe someone already mentioned it.
Thanks, Lynda. I’ll fix that right away.
I found a new marker to use, Expo Vis-a-Vis Wet Erase. It’s not just for overhead projectors anymore! It says you can use it on Laminated items. I love them, much easier and comes completely clean. If you have your item sealed around the edges, I just put under the faucet and it washes right off, then dry it. So easy!
Thanks for the suggestion!
Thanks for these worksheets~ This was very helpful for my students! =)
You’re welcome. I’m so glad they were helpful.
Thanks, Susan! What a cute worksheet. And thanks for the laminating tip–I don’t know why I never thought of that before!
what a beautiful worksheet! Do you think you´d have the time to make a German edition? I could help with the words…
I can make a German version. Just send me the correct German wording!
Thanks for the printable! I’ve started using the dry-erase crayons rather than the markers as they don’t stain my laminated worksheets.
Thank you so much, Susan! I use Mr. Clean sponges on my laminates, but sometimes I still have to wet them to make it work.
I love your games and ideas and your support! Thanks so much for sharing so much!
I am unable to get the Pumpkin Patch Matching Game to open or print or anything. Whenever I click on anything on this page, it takes me to the Kandy Game, which I’ve been using for years. Can you please tell me how to get this matching game to print.
Thanks so much.
Try this link. https://www.susanparadis.com/catalog.php?ID=SP681
I will try to fix the link you mentioned, but I can’t seem to figure out what I did wrong! So use the above link from my old site until I can get it fixed.
Thank you so much! It worked great! Will be using it this afternoon!
Thanks, Susan. This is so cute; quick and seasonal!
Also thanks so much for the tip about the Magic Eraser. I have a laminated page that I used a red marker on and now it’s permanently pink! I can’t wait to try Mr. Clean on it:)
Thank you so much for your wonderful work! These visuals are so great for the students, as they show the relationship between the notes. I love that you have them pertaining to the different seasons, It is so important to keep reinforcing this, until it clicks, and you are keeping it fun and fresh for my students! You are a blessing.
You’re welcome, Mary. Thanks for your nice comments!
Thx Susan for another wonderful worksheet !! Love it 🙂
Wonderful back-to-back printing: precision work. Makes laminating sooooo much easier. Thanks so much, Susan!!
Thank you for another great worksheet. I love your work and the beautiful graphics and appreciate that you are kind enough to share them.
Thank you, Ann! I’m glad you like my acorns!
Hi Susan! I’m another huge fan! I saw your post in my email yesterday and started using the concept today with some students who still struggle with notereading. The worksheet will be a fun reinforcement, so I just got to print it.
Thank for always inspiring me and others to make lessons fun and creative.
You’re welcome, Lezlie. It makes me feel good to think that students besides my own are enjoying my material!
Thank you Susan for ALL that you share!!Not a lesson goes by that I am not using one of your worksheets, music or games! Thank you!
Thank you, Tanalyn, that is really motivating for me to finish some of the things in my files!
Thanks for everything that you share. Besides knowing the notes, sightreading involves knowing well the “geography” of the keyboard and eye-hand coordination. So, just knowing the notes is not enough. I would love the suggestions on how to develop these two skills. Thanks again.
Milla, you are so correct about the geography of the keyboard. Sight-reading is a skill that starts at the very beginning of learning notes of the staff. Students need to recognize notes are either steps, skips, or repeats. It is innate to some students, while others struggle. Learning to sight read patterns is important as well as learning scale fingerings and playing in different positions. Practicing sight reading is very helpful, and there are a lot of sight-reading cards out there. I even have some on my website. I’ve discussed many of these topics in my blog over the years. I’ll try to address it some more.
Thanks for the resource, I’ll be printing this off for some of my students!
Allysia, you’re welcome, and I appreciate you leaving a comment!
Wonderful! This will be fun and so helpful for my first year students! Thank you!
You’re welcome, Sara. I’ll be posting some more to help learn A C E on the staves.
Thanks Susan for your comments on sight reading. I agree completely with your comments.
Barbara, you must have discovered this in your teaching, too!
I have 3 new transfer students (siblings) that are looking forward to playing Christmas music. This will be perfect for them. I made a title page using a Christmas Bells and Holly Border from LeeHansen.com which came out great. Thanks so much for making this available!
Oh, I had only printed the first 11 pages. Now I see you have a title page at the end:) The holiday season isn’t even here yet, and I’m in too much of a rush.
Thank you, Susan! I can’t wait to try this with my students!!
Oh how wonderful! ‘just purchased 🙂
(fyi, it may just be my computer, but couldn’t hear the audio sample)
oops! just fixed computer speakers! audio sample loud and clear!
This might work great because we had SO many students who wanted to play Carol of the Bells last year. Any videos by chance of 3 students at a piano playing this? Trying to consider the logistics. Thanks!
Love, love this trio. My students will be crazy for it. Most of them like this song for it’s simple melody, and now, for them to be able to have fun by playing it with two other students will make it magical this year. I HAD to order it…even before breakfast:)
I would love to see you add your other trios to the store. I’m always looking for ways to make piano more social for the students and trios are a wonderful option for that.
Thanks and have a wonderful day!
I was referred to your website after posting a question on the piano pedagogy group on Facebook. I am THRILLED to find what you have! Your creativity is amazing, and I’m extremely thankful that you share these resources with other teachers. Thank you for what you do!
Thank you so much, Susan! I’m getting ready for my Fall Piano Party, and this helps a lot!
So, so cute, Susan. And can be used for several months. Thanks a bunch!
Hi Susan – THANK YOU for this excellent rhythm game! I think the graphics are so cute. I can see it will be very useful this Autumn season. It is nice to have an Autumn game for my students who do not celebrate Halloween. All your rhythm games have been so helpful to my students! I will have to get back to you on a suggestion for a year round theme. 🙂 Thank you again for such great resources.
Dana, we are so diverse, it’s nice to have something for everyone. Plus, I hope this one will be good from August to December! When I make another one, I’ll try to change it up and give it more of a year-round theme. Also, that’s for the comments on the graphics. You probably notice I made them for some previous music and just I just recycled them. It takes me a long time to draw something!
Susan: I LOVE your Animal Alphabet songs and have printed them out one at a time successfully. My students of all ages love your songs and especially your games. The first thing they ask when they come for a lesson is : “Did you bring any games from Susan?”….Thanks so much for what you do.
Marilynn, thank you so much for the feedback and I’m thrilled your students like them!
This is just fantastic! The arrangement within in the pumpkin is perfect!
LOVE these animal alphabet songs! THANKS!
Thank you, Carol. I honestly tried to come up with a German version for the B, but I had no luck.
I love using “Hey diddle, diddle, D’s in the Middle – C’s on the bottom and E’s on the top. The we have the three black key house – we go in theFront door and inside live 2 little girls Amy and GIna – then go out the Back door. So easy.
Great ideas, Mary! Thanks for sharing.
I’m sorry to report that I am having the same problem with the links redirecting to another set of sheet music.
Susan, after trying to fix that link several times, I decided the best thing to do was create a new post with a completely new link. So please try again and I think this time you will be able to download all the songs.
Darling Susan….love everything you so creatively do with your generous mind and fingers.
Wonderful! How fun this will be for my after-school music club! Thank you!!
Hi Susan! For some reason I can’t access the PDF file for these. When I click on the picture, it brings me to something else, and I don’t see any other links. I am interested in downloading these though, I have a student or two they’d be perfect for.
Oh no! This looks awesome but the link takes me to another post titled “Beginners music set 2,” but when I click on that one it takes me back to this page! Not sure how to open the pdf?
Jessica and Erinn, I fixed the link. Thank you for letting me know.
Thanks a lot Susan. This is a wonderful piece of work 🙂
These look great! Thanks so much.
You’re welcome, Peggy!
Susan, I love your great ideas. Thank you so much! Today I was checking out your post and on the first page of the rhythm cards for more advanced students (2nd card down on the right side), I think the 2-8th notes should be 16ths. Or have I missed something? Thanks once again – I am fairly new to your website.
Marylee, yes, you are correct. I did make a mistake on the teacher calling cards. I fixed it and reposted the new PDF file. Maybe teachers who have printed this out already can take a black pen and fix it. Thanks for letting me know!
Thank you Susan, this is beautiful! 🙂
Thank you, Alice!
I would love to make use of the last resource you made available “Rhythm Bingo” but I am finding it difficult to download the document. Any suggestions? Thank you for the awesome work you do for music teachers all around the world!
Teachers who have updated to Windows 10 and using Window’s Edge as a browser will not be able to download my PDF’s. Instead, try Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.
Thank you so much for the game. This will be perfect for my up coming group lessons. Thanks for sharing.
This may be just what I need for my 12 year old daughter who is teaching piano lessons to preschoolers.
Thank you for the Rhythm Bingo game. I appreciate your creativity, your artwork and sharing that you provide for teachers. Rhythm Bingo will be a quick and fun game. Your games are always so educational. Thank you !!!
Joanne, thank you so much for your encouragement and taking the time to comment!
Thanks for this great resource! I did not see the calling card file. Did I miss it somehow?
I just posted it. Refresh your screen and you should see it!
Susan ~ I am downloading these like crazy for my students this Halloween! Thanks so much! Everyone don’t forget that Susan has a beautiful hard-copy Halloween piece available from Alfred entitled: Just Because It’s Halloween seen here: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/just-because-it-s-halloween-sheet-music/19971217
I’m using this one from my Level 1 students. They LOVE it!
I’ve used your materials for quite a while now. They are wonderful! My son teaches guitar and finds the materials for beginning guitar so dull and dry. Do you know if there are similar materials as yours for beginning guitar?
Barbara, I’m glad you can use my material. I don’t know any website that has fun resources for guitar teachers, but I would tell him to try to make some himself! They don’t have to be fancy, just use colorful markers!
Wow! Thanks these pieces are great!
Thank you so much for all the great work you do to make us better teachers!
Thanks for taking the time to do that. These pieces are so fun for early beginners! 🙂
This is amazing, especially for all the new starts in September! 🙂
Well done on a very useful website indeed!
SUSAN–this is PERFECT! I have a 6 year old child who has broken her right arm. She just started last year and LOVES piano–she was also diagnosed with alopecia so has lost all her hair –she is so spunky she is just out there in your face, most of the time without her wig. She was SO disappointed that she might have to miss some lessons but now is SO excited that we have loads of stuff to do–left hand scales, cadences, arps, and sight reading, and lots of games to build up her skills–and this game is JUST what the doctor ordered! Thank you SO MUCH!!!
Love the colorful memory game cards and the beginner songs are great. Thanks for these wonderful resources. You are a blessing!
I LOVE the editable format!!!!!! Such a time saver and I just printed one for each student in my studio. You are my “go to site” for keeping my studio running perfectly. Thank you, Susan!!
I don’t have a color printer. Your black and white assignment pages are a big help. thanks.
Nice calendar. I tried typing in the text in the middle. Is it that you can only print out?
What do you write in the Key line and reminder line? Do you tie it in with the lesson or the scales or arpeggios? Do you write C for the key and then mark the keys on the keyboard?
Chris, I usually write the name of the scale for that week if I also add finger numbers o the tiny keyboard. I often leave this blank for older students. I use the reminder for anything I want to remember to check or ask them about the next week. It doesn’t have anything to do with the scale.
Thank you so much for making this available!
You’re welcome, Cindy!
Just fabulous. You have all the bases covered. Thanks so much!
This is excellent! Do you use these sheets when a student begins a new piece, as a way to study it first? Thanks for another great resource. 🙂
Allysia, these are my student’s weekly assignment sheets. I write what they need to practice and the goals for the week. We also check off scales and other technique that they have learned.
Hi Susan! I love these assignment sheets. I’ve opened this pdf in Adobe Reader, but am not finding the “Highlight Existing Fields” box, nor do I get a cursor. Any suggestions? Many thanks!!
I sent you an email with suggestions. I hope it helps.
Susan thank you so much for this. I will love being able to write my own words/instructions here, but have your beautiful design. Thanks again!
I love your editable forms! However, “the filling of forms is not supported”. Do I need to upgrade? Not sure how this works.
This is just beautiful Susan! I currently use scrapbooks and paste things in but I’m seriously considering moving to music binders like you use. Maybe for next year! It has everything I could want on one page! AND plenty of space to get kids to write things down themselves!
Thanks for another inspiring idea 🙂
Amber, you’re welcome. This assignment page is the work of years of tweaking! If you print a lot of things, I think you will enjoy the ease of binders.
this is a great page! thanks so much for sharing.
Thank you Gilda. Glad you like it and I hope you will be able to edit it the way you want it!
Another winner Susan! Thank you so much for designing and sharing it with us.
You’re welcome, Diane. Thanks for your comment!
Very cute! I’ve printed one for each of my students.
I used “My Piano Notes” at the bottom. Thanks, Susan.
Kay, I like that! I may “borrow” it for my students!
I LOVE these editable PDF’s, Susan. I hope to see many more.
Such a great cover, Susan. They have a reference for notes right on the front of their binder!! Thanks so much!
Thanks, Barbara. I have actually seen the study the notes while they wait, so I hope it does a little bit of good!
You’re right, I think the more visuals students have in front of them, the more quickly they learn their notes. Thank-you for all of your printouts: you have some excellent ideas. I would really like to see more editable forms.
Rosemarie, I will make some more editable forms. I just have to think of something to make!
Thank you. This binder cover is cute. You always have such helpful ideas.
Glad you like it, Lori.
Thanks, Susan – very useful and colourful!
Good to hear from you Carol. Hope everything is ok over there!
Wow – you are helping me get organized in spite of myself!!! My parents will wonder how I did it! Thank you so very much!
This makes me happy! So glad to help!!
Thanks Susan for making these each year. I look forward to them each time. I was wondering if there was an easier way for me to add “highlights” on the numbers on the calendar part. I like to highlight the days that I have lessons and when our recital is and other important dates. It doesn’t let me do anything except the text in the middle. Thanks!
Karla, unfortunately, that is the way my PDF’s are limited. A lot of teachers use a highlighter mark each date. My Photoshop files are editable, but I only post PDF files because most teachers do not have Photoshop or the particular fonts I use.
What would we do without your great ideas! Thanks again for generosity.
Thank you Diane for your encouragement!
I love your calendar template!!! I use it every year! I love how colorful it is, too! Thanks for always sharing it with us.
Leigh, I’m glad you like it! I look forward each year creating one with a little color that will work for all ages!
Hi Susan. I would love to make my own calendar. What program did you use to get the small monthly calendars on the sides? I’d like to customize my own calendar if possible. Thanks for all of your great ideas!
Jill, I made the whole page including the calendar in Photoshop.
Thank You. I only have Photo shop Elements. I don’t know if that will work, but I’ll check. Thanks!
Hooray, thanks Susan–I use your template every year 🙂
Really, Leila? Thanks for telling me. Bye the way, a lot of teachers bought your bestselling book at my iPad workshop in San Antonio. For those of you who want to learn more about using an iPad in piano, Leila has written the book: The iPad Piano Studio. She has a website: http://88pianokeys.me
Thanks for the cute game, but how do you play it??
Thank you! 🙂
Julia, I updated the page with a direct link to the post with the instructions for the game. The search engine on the right is pretty good, too, if you know the name of the material you are looking for. https://www.susanparadis.com/celebrate-a-birthday-game/
Hope you’re well and enjoying a good summer. Thank you for posting another adorable and useful resource.
Thank you for sharing all your amazing resources. God bless you.
Lovely materials, and thank you for sharing.
Thanks for the information about the Piano Adventures app. I would love to be able to hear your session about this. I wish I lived closer so I could come. Is there any chance that you will be recording it?
You’re welcome, Ann. We’re not recording our session this time. Maybe in the future we can do that! Of course, when I come to NZ I’ll do a session for you! 🙂
Susan, Your frog series is just adorable. I love the progression. I just wish I had some beginners !! Thank you for your beautiful work. I’ll know where to find it if I need it.
Thank you, Joanne. I keep thinking of things to add, so once I get enough new things made, I can add to the set!
I always love your stuff, Susan! Thanks, as always, for sharing!
Question: in the “Frog Treble and Bass Notes” pages, what would be the “missing notes”? I’ll probably figure it out later and realize that was a dumb question, but for now, I think I missed something.
Diane, I fixed it with what I hope is better directions.
These are great, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing!
I am preparing to teach some beginner mini-sessions this summer and just stumbled across your website. I was excited before, but now I am doubly excited to start these lessons! Thank you for offering a wonderful, free resource! It will be perfect for these sessions- much nicer than just my writing in a notebook! 🙂
Thanks, Emily. I’m glad you found it!
These worksheets are delightful and very helpful for students who need the key support. I have a student who has completed the baseball keyboard race and related worksheet but needs something else to reinforce the keys. Thank you so much! We can always count on you for productive and fun materials that our student’s love!
Thank you, Diane. Sometimes we just have to keep coming up with different activities until they finally get it!
Thank you for these! (Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Froggie is not consistently spelled the same. At least one sheet I see drops a G.)
Thank you. I don’t have an editor and I make a lot of mistakes and I really appreciate being told so I can fix it! [Ed: I went back and changed the spelling of Froggie. You will need to refresh your cache to get the newer versions, most likely.]
So how do you use this with an iPad?
Julie, there are many PDF annotators on the app store. There is a free on I recommend called MetaMoji Lite, and it is one of the easier ones to use. I wrote a tutorial on how to to use it in February of this year. Here is the link. https://www.susanparadis.com/metamoji-note-an-app-for-writing-on-the-ipad-and-other-tablets/
Where do you get the special pen for the iPads?
I think I got it at Walgreens. I have several, but I like to use the less expensive one with my younger students because they tend to really press hard. Somewhere recently I saw 3 for $10.00 but I can’t remember where it was. Try the big box stores or a dollar store. Be sure it is a stylus for an iPad or iPhone.
Where do you get that special pen for the iPad? : )
Thanks! I will check out Walgreens. : )
Thank you so much for the non-US version. There are so many US-created resources around on the web, but it’s not so easy to find resources with standard terminology. I really appreciate you creating both versions.
(PS semibreve doesn’t usually have a hyphen – it’s just one word).
You are AWESOME, Susan!!! Thank you for your generosity and kindness!
Thx so much!
You are welcome, Jess!
I have tried to print the fly swatter cards, only the first two would print, I could not even get the rest to download or the small ones, the word cards would not load either.
Thank you so much for the new Fun With Frogs worksheets. I don’t have any beginners to use them with at the moment but have filed them away to use when I do. I really appreciate that you are willing to share your wonderful resources with other teachers and think the art work is fantastic. My only problem is that my computer keeps stopping when it downloads the sheets so I have to restart several times to get them, but the time spent is well worth it for such great resources. Maybe it’s because I’m a long way away in New Zealand 🙂 Just wondered if you had ever thought of sharing them through Dropbox? Thanks again for all your outstanding work.
Ann, I’m sorry you are having trouble with the download. Several teachers in New Zealand have told me they also have the same kind of trouble. I think it is the speed of your internet connection, so I don’t think putting it in Dropbox will make a difference. I could try, however, when I am not so busy. Will you send me an email in July when I will be finished with my presentations for the summer?
Hi Susan, I have noted in my diary to send you an email in July. I thought it must have been “operator error” so I’m pleased to know I’m not the only one in New Zealand having this problem.
So cute as always! You are very good at creating these helpful things!!! 🙂
Thank you Julie!
These are great, but I think all the hands should have fingernails, and on the last sheet the frog could be smiling over his shoulder, holding his hands up. That would maintain the perspective throughout the exercise that a student has when they look at their hands on the piano. Just my humble opinion. I have a lot of dyslexic students and this would blow them out of the water.
You are amazing! We think alike, and I homeschool and have church ministries in addition to teaching piano lessons, so you do my work for me when you make fun worksheets for piano. Thank you so much.
I just love teaching piano, and you are one of the reasons why!
God Bless You,
Thank you Patti. I am SO glad you can use them. My goal is for students to love piano and have good feeling about theory!
I do not see how to download matching notes to your website iPad downloads.
I have downloaded some of your others to metamoji note lite.
Hi Chris. Which device as you using? Have you tried the tutorial? I will try to contact you by email.
I open your PDF on my iPad. When I go to “Open in Note”, nothing happens.when I press the three lines or on the name. I have downloaded the app on my iPad and done the confirmation
Carolyn, I would love to help you. I’ll try to contact you by email.
Susan, You always seem to come up with just the worksheets I need at the moment. Dotted Quarter Notes are a tricky concept for some students. This, and the previous materials are such a help. Thank you again and again.
Thank you for your thorough review of Piano Safari. I bought a copy of the first two levels and flashcards at the MTNA National Conference last year, and it has sat on my shelf in the ‘study this in depth’ pile ever since. Tsk tsk. Now that summer is almost here, I am looking forward to getting through that pile, and Piano Safari is at the top of the list. Good to know the website has more info. And I seem to remember there are cool new cards available as well: a practice deck and a deck of ‘piece cards’ (an idea I absolutely love, and am thinking of stealing for my current main course — Music Tree).
Thank you for the great activity. This will work well at group lessons too.
I love your ideas and your resources! I haven’t been able to download anything lately from this site. Is it a glitch on your end or mine?
Kathy, will you try again, and if you still can’t download things, send me an email with what you are trying to download and what bowser you are using.
Thanks Susan for this reminder! There are soo many good things out there but I know I must study this….
This is a fabulous method! I use it exclusively for all beginners (5 – 8 years old). Just finished up our Guild auditions this past weekend, and the Piano Safari students were commended across the board for their beautiful phrasing and lovely hand position. This method sparks creativity, and allows students to really develop a solid technique that translates to ease of playing. Can’t wait for Level 3!
I have been using this method for almost 2 years now and I love, love, LOVE it! I use it with all my younger students, and have ALL of my students, regardless of age or level go through the sight-reading cards, they are so fabulous. They get to pick from my big prize box when they pass off a level (16 cards, usually takes 1-3 months) so that motivates them to do it. This method may feel like it is slow-moving at first, but it is fast moving by the time they get to the 2nd book and 8th notes don’t scare them. The first book really lays the groundwork and I love how the technique book on Level 2 gets them really familiar with 5-finger scales that transfers over to the Sight-reading cards. I also love the rote songs and the kids get so excited when they walk away from their first lessons with awesome songs to play. Anyway, I can’t say enough good things about it. I love it!!!!
Is there any way to see a few pages from the Piano Safari method book?
Or, could we just buy one copy of the method book and study it so we can make an informed decision as to whether or not we would like to buy more of the program?
Jane, go to the website where you can see all about their method. You email them and ask for help.
You are an amazing woman with a great gift for sharing. In a world of profit you show us what love is all about. I mean that in the way of creating community and sharing our gifts.
I have recently been diagnoses with cancer and have decided to step out of teaching for a time for treatment. I hope to return. Spending time with students is my treasure.
Thanks for all the great ideas and hands on tools you provide for us. I will send you a small donation. I hope to have a need for your many great ideas soon.
Marilyn, thank you so much for the kind words. I am so sorry for your health problems and I wish you the very best! Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing. Don’t send a donation now, that is not necessary! You need to have your mind on getting better!
Thank you for all you do for us! These are great and very helpful.
Cute pieces and activities. Thank you for sending.
This was great fun! Jr K/K found them and we spoke the rhythm that everyone had found (Kodaly). Gr 1-3: I held up a note and anyone who had it in their hand stood up and spoke the rhythm. Gr 4-5: We made up rhythm songs. Thanks, Susan!
I am so sad I missed seeing you at the conference! I am such a fan of yours 🙂
Thanks for all you share!!
I love the egg hunt! Thank you so much! This came just in time for today’s lessons.
These are great!
I was wondering, do you have any games for aural training by any chance? Like recognising intervals, both harmonic and melodic, and other such things? I have a singing student who needs aural training and I have to figure out a way to make it fun for her. Just wondering if you might know of anything, or if you were planning on making any aural training games 🙂
I love Elena Cobb’s music! A couple of my young students have parents who also take lessons. I am pairing them up to use the duets from My Piano Trip for our next concert! I also love her intermediate/advanced music like Blue River and Arabia.
Can I just say your resources and website are awesome and a great help to me as I am just starting out teaching piano. You have some great ideas which I woud love to use. I would like to use some of your resources for my students who I teach in a school. Am I able to hand them sheets to complete as homework? I am presuming this would be ok as I am not employed by the school but am a private peripatetic teacher doing 1-2-1 tuition?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Melanie, you may use them with your students in your school, but printed out. Please do not share PDF files with other teachers or parents. You may send them a link. Please leave the copyright visible. Thank you for your interest.
Thank you for sharing these ideas for presenting the shapes and values of the notes. Very practical!
What a creative lady you are! Thank you for sharing your many talents.
This is fantastic Susan! THANK YOU so much! My kids will love earning their cards!
You’re very welcome, Amber!
Hello Miss Susan, I’m so new in piano teaching and your site helps me a lot for younger student that I have. I have 3 years old students and I have no idea what should I them (Private piano lesson). Can you please help me? Thank you so much
Stephanie, I would do a general music program with them. If they are like the average 3 year old, they will struggle trying to play the keys! But there are many things you can teach them. I would get a book on early childhood music education and engage them with age appropriate musical activities, with a focus on the piano! I’m sorry I don’t have names of books I can give you, but maybe go to the library or do an internet search. Music education teachers spend several years learning how to teach young children general music, so it is too involved for me to try to help you here.I wish you the best of luck! With your desire to learn, I know you will do great!
I’ve taught a three-year-old with the Wunderkeys program which you can find on Amazon. I highly recommend looking up the website first. Andrea and Trevor Dow, the creators of the program, are amazingly helpful and will guide you through. They always answer any questions I have! The Wunderkeys program teaches basic music skills such as high/low sounds, fast/slow, individual finger motions, etc. in a very fun and easy program! Kids really love it, and never lose interest with the 5 different activities in each lesson. Check it out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! Have fun!!!
Susan! This is such a delightful post! Thank you! In fact I immediately went to Amazon and found a copy of “The Berry Basket” to order. Elizabeth Gutierrez also turned me on to “Pixie Piano Playbook”, “A First Book for Jack and Jills”, and “Songs and Silhouettes for the Piano Forte”. I love these old piano methods, still in print, as fun supplemental music!
I have some old one’s I’d love to look up…what is the name of the site?
I recently received all of my mother in laws old music when she passed away, so much fun to go through. She was a singer besides a pianist so she even had some old barber shop quartet stuff for women. That was fun. Hope to use it someday my self.
I will have to keep my eye out for the ones you’ve mentioned.
I love this! I have an old method book called “The Rhyme Road to Music Land” that I found at a used music sale. It was published in 1911 and all the instruction in the book is written in rhyming verse. I can’t imagine actually teaching with this, but it has some good points, and some of the rhymes are just very funny. A couple of examples…
“When notes are found upon a line,
Like beads upon a thread,
That is: when line goes thru them
They’re ‘On a line,’ ’tis said.”
“From Middle C two octaves go,
Just seven notes up or seven below;
And two more C’s you’ll surely find,
Unless to spaces you are blind.”
Oh, I love that! Thanks for sending. I sure wish I had a copy of that book!
I love this post, and the fact that the music was in different 5-finger patterns and keys! Hard to find these days!
As for myself, I was lovingly reunited with my “Teaching Little Fingers to Play” a couple of years ago after 50 years of separation! A cousin in Colorado discovered it in her stash and kindly sent it to me, thus allowing me to use it with my own grandchildren. They are just puzzled by all of the “stickers”…….!
I loved Teaching Little Fingers to Play, because the music was so appealing. It’s a lot of fun to re-visit those books! The only problem with that series is that there are so many finger numbers. A lot of teachers white them out. It also progresses very quickly, but the many of us from that generation loved the music, no doubt!
I started in 1960 “Off We Go” and “Off We Go Again”. I still have those books. My favorite though was “Masters and Their Melodies” which you can still get on-line.
When I read Mary’s post it reminded me that my first book in 1964 was also “Off We Go” which I still have but I lost track of “Scenes at a Farm”. I have just looked it up and found it is still available. I remember playing the duets at the back of this book. I wonder if our pupils will remember their first (or favourite) book 50 years later (maybe it will be a Susan Paradis one), but just hope that some of them will still be enjoying playing the piano.
Walter Carroll was a master at composing for children ( composed “Scenes at a Farm”). I loved playing his “Forest Fantasies” over and over again. Maybe for the next Piano Play-Along I’ll do a retrospective look at Walter Carroll’s fabulous contributions.
Elizabeth and Ann,
Thanks for telling me about this. I will have to get Scenes at a Farm. I have a thing for farms because I spent so many happy hours at my grandmother’s farm.
Ann, Elizabeth Gutierrez has written some wonderful children’s music. If your students haven’t played any of it, check it out.
Your post warms my heart, Susan. What a delightful find. I know I have some “old” books but have never heard of this one. Thank you for sharing, and again, for your creativity and dedication!
Thanks, Alice. What a nice comment and I really appreciate it.
OMG! I used this book as child and just LOVED it! I need to dig around for my copy. I recall a cute little “Kitten” piece that I played for a children’s TV show and another piece I played over and over — “Silver Bells?” This book was so motivating and I’m sure it was due to the imaginative B&W artwork, the titles, lyrics, etc. I WISH it was still in print. I’ll investigate the copyright holder. Thanks, Susan, for bringing back great memories for me!
Elizabeth, I just can’t believe that! I knew we thought alike!
Adorable find and such a delightful post! I too love old things. It would be so fun to share your treasure with students. I am inspired to be on the look out for such things. Thank you for sharing Susan!
I love this story! People talk about rescuing pets…which I have done myself. But I’m soo glad you rescued “The Berry Basket” 🙂
Yes, I’ve rescued pets, too! Piano books are a lot less expensive!
Very charming! I love vintage stuff…. This is definitely a treasure!
Glad to know there are some like-minded readers!
Thanks so much! These are great activities for the iPad!
Well, it was on this page: https://www.susanparadis.com/new_free_resources/ipad/ but now they are working 🙂
Ha, I feel like Garfield who’s being brought to the dentist and suddenly his teeth no longer hurt.
You are not going crazy. I had accidentally not activated all the links on that particular page. Thanks for alerting me!
Love these! As I love your games!
Just a quick note to let you know that I couldn’t access the PDFs of a few of these (dotted half notes, 8th notes, 16th notes). I don’t know of other people have the same issue. I tried on several different platforms.
Lorraine, which page? Can you send me a link to the page the files that don’t work are on? I’ve posted them several places. Thanks!