Envelope For Valentine Card
I had some requests for the envelope to match the Valentine’s card I posted recently, so I decided to post the template with a tutorial in case you want to make one. You can find the Valentine’s card here.
Now if you have a very large music studio, cutting out a bunch of envelopes is probably not something you want to do. But if you have a child or grandchild who takes piano, or if you only have a few students, it really doesn’t take much time to cut this out. And with an envelope, you can even insert a special treat!
This template is for standard 8.5″ x 11″ US letter size paper. I’m not sure if it will work with UK size paper since I don’t have access to that size paper. But some of you on the other side of the pond might know how to do it.
When you print, it is important to select “Actual Size” or some words like that. If you choose “Fit Paper” or “Scale Paper” it is not going to fit the card. Also, it is a lot easier to fold the envelope and card if you don’t use card stock! I used 24# pound paper, which is not that much more expensive. It is good for printing both sides because it doesn’t see-through as much.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Will You Be My Valentine
Today I am posting a new Valentine’s piece that I wrote just for young children. It is in middle C position, (both thumbs on middle C) and it has no skips, just stepping notes in each hand. If you’re not an experienced piano teacher, but like to work with your young child at the piano, you may be interested to know that notes that move from one finger to the next are much easier for beginners. Most piano teachers wait until students have mastered stepping notes before they move into notes that skip fingers. That is not something I knew when I was a young teacher. Back before there was such a thing as piano pedagogy, we learned on the job! I’m sure a lot of my readers can identify with that!
This will be good piece for sight-reading or just something fun the week of Valentine’s Day.
In case you’re looking for some more easy Valentine’s Day music for beginners, go to my Valentine’s Music page here. There are also some that are a little harder, including one that is late elementary. I’ve written several levels of this one, because it used to be a favorite of mine when I had a classroom.
There’s a Little wheel A-Turning in My Heart
Here is one of my favorite preschool songs that I’ve made in both pre-reading and on-the-staff versions.
Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading
I hope some of your young students will enjoy my little Valentine ditties!
Valentine Composing Activity
This Valentine composing activity is a great way to promote composition in your studio. If you have been using my materials for a long time, you know that I have posted a lot of composing sheets like this for younger students. I have already posted a pre-reading Valentine composing sheet, (see graphic below) but I’ve never posted an “on-the-staff” version, so I’m doing that today. If you have beginning young children, try the pre-reading version. All they have to use are finger numbers, and they love writing their own music.
To print, click on the links, open the file and print all you need for your students.
With the rhythm already written, students only have to do is decide on the melody notes. On today’s staff version, they can write a melody divided between the hands, or a melody for one hand. Some even like to try an accompaniment. It depends on the level the student is comfortable with writing.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you can speed the process along by helping the students write the notes. I suggest when writing notes, use whole notes and then later go back and correct the rhythm, because it seems to take young ones a long time to draw and fill in quarter notes, if you know what I mean!
There is nothing like writing music to know how much students are learning!