So a while back, I got the great idea of making a crossword puzzle using words from the music alphabet. After all, I have a full set of music word flash cards and a lot of St. Patrick’s Day illustrations I’ve already made. It would be fun, I thought! So in the time I could have lost 10 pounds in the gym, I made this.
I showed it to my student. “Mrs. Paradis”, my student kindly said, “I think you’ve done something wrong here.” One of the things with being a nice piano teacher is that the students are usually so kind and helpful. Not only had I spelled a word wrong, but I had the numbers wrong, too. Otherwise, he thought it was fun because he said he like word puzzles.
So I went back to the drawing board thinking how I could spell a three-letter word wrong. But then, spelling is not my best talent.
This is for older students because it has ledger lines. Using notes for words can be a little tricky for little ones. But for those of you who want something a little more challenging for the week of St. Patrick’s Day, you can try this.
Don’t forget you can save ink by putting this in a sheet protector and using an erasable marker. For those of you who download material to you iPad, I think it will work, because the squares for the letters are fairly large. I haven’t had time to try it yet.
Now that I know how to make crosswords, I want to make one for every holiday! I’ll use spell check next time.
I hope you didn’t give up on me posting the final set in the Fun With Frogs series. I was out-of-town several days, meeting all the wonderful teachers at the Texas Music Teachers Convention. The Texas convention is huge and there was so much going on. I lost my iPad containing my presentations, found it, lost my iPhone, found it, and walked and talked a lot.
It was so exciting that my friend and teaching colleague Elizabeth Gutierrez won the TMTA pre-collegiate teacher of the year!
Speaking of Elizabeth, my next presentation is in San Antonio where I will speak at her Piano Camp for Piano Teachers. I’m going to open the iPad on-screen and show you how to use it. Elizabeth has some great sessions planned, like how to teach technique after the elementary level, the best classical pieces, and how to teach secure rhythm. Her students play so beautifully and polished, so I am looking forward to that.
Today’s post has piano worksheets for the notes around middle C position for young beginners. Print these sheets or open them in your iPad.
If you like these, you will probably like the others in the Frog series. These are all free downloads, because I just like to share!
Not too long ago one of my younger students was watching his older brother do some theory work on the iPad. Like most little brothers, he wanted to try it too, but it was a little too hard for him. I asked if he wanted me to make something just for him, and he was pretty excited about that!
One mistake that teachers often make when using an iPad with young children is that the screen is too small for the young hand to navigate. If you use worksheets and apps with your students, they have to be age appropriate. I made this one nice and big and students only need to draw short lines. Because it is so big, you can also use it on your mobile phone with older students.
Sometimes in our rush to use new technology, we forget that children learn better with old-fashioned hands on activities. As a music educator, I’ve always been concerned about child centered teaching. My advice to teachers is to keep that in mind and not over-do worksheets and mobile devices with our elementary piano students. After all, piano lessons are a hands on activity! Moderation in all things is always a good thing to remember.
If using a lot of ink is not a problem for you and you don’t have an iPad or some other tablet, these sheets are high quality PDFs and can be printed.
Use the MTNA discount and print them at Office Depot.
Check for a color print sale at office stores, drug stores, or big box stores.
Place in clear sheet protectors or laminate to use with dry or wet erase markers.
Black dry erase markers erase better than the colored ones.
Wet erase markers are a lot easier to use, but if you teach in your living room like I do, that is not an option, unless you cover everything in painter’s drop cloth! 🙂
If you are looking for a good, free app to use, I recommend MetaMoji Note Lite also called Note Anytime Lite. You can find my tutorial here. This app can be used on most mobile devices including iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows, and your mobile phone. [Disclosure: I am not affiliated with this company. I found this app on my own, and I think it is very teacher friendly.] Email me if you have trouble figuring out how to use it.