I wish learning to read music wasn’t so hard for some students. But for many different reasons it can be a frustrating experience. Rather than get discouraged, I try to think of one more thing I can do to help out.
Seasonal activities can lighten up the process, so I have made a lot of seasonal worksheets like this to make it more fun. If you are a regular reader, you have seen my turkey, egg, ornament, heart, and now, shamrock notes.
There are more ways to use this than just a worksheet to write in note names.
- Have the students place music alphabet cards in order on the table before starting. This is a big help for students who are struggling. (The cards in the picture are from the Shamrock Keyboard game but you can use any set you happen to have.)
- You can work on learning what comes before each note by starting at the top note and working backwards.
- Play a type of bingo game where the teacher calls out note names and the student put a chip over it, using the magnetic wand and chip set.
- Place a chip on a note and let the student run over to the piano and play it.
- Use the bingo chips to place notes on steps and then skips.
- Place a paper keyboard on the table and match the note with the key.
- Students just starting piano lessons can circle notes on lines or spaces, or number the notes going up and down on the lines and spaces.
I really believe that if students have fun, they learn faster. I am amazed at all the creative ideas from teachers who email me. Even some students write me about the music clubs they have started that use material from my website and other websites. I especially love it when you send pictures!