Robot Wars Bass Notes
If you enjoyed the Robot Key Signature Worksheets I recently posted, then you will want to save today’s post, Robot Wars Bass Notes. You can use this one with students who are not advanced enough to know key signatures and are still trying to learn note names. In this worksheet, students simply check the correct bass note. If they know the notes, it will go really fast. But if they struggle, you will know they need more review.
The directions state that the droids were sabotaged by the evil empire. The student will have to reprogram the droids with the correct note names. As I worked on this fun project, I thought that there is also a subtle message for our students: you can use computers to write music without having to read music. But what if something happens to your computer? To be a musician you don’t have to be the greatest sight reader or the greatest performer, but a musician should know note names. If you spend 5 minutes in each lesson working on note names in some fun way, as long as it doesn’t turn into drudgery you will see progress in just 6 weeks. One way to keep it light-hearted is humor and/or games.
Yes, I do play to make the Robots a series, like some of my other themes such as the Frog Series and the Summer Fun series. Thursday I will post the treble clef version, unless the evil empire takes control of my computer!
Rhythm Review 1-3
Rhythm Review Levels 4-6
I’ve mentioned before that a lot of the theory worksheets I post are for the Texas MTA theory exams. These exams are in twelve levels, one for each grade. The early grades are not hard and they are a great way for teachers to discover if their students are really remembering all the theory we teach in lessons. If you are in an area that offers theory exams, consider them!
Last year, after several years of hard work, the TMTA theory tests were revised. In my studio, that means I need to revise all my theory worksheets. It is a daunting challenge, but I’ve been slowly trying.
Today’s post contains rhythm questions for grades one through six and up to about level 4 in most method books. In the top left corner of each page, I numbered the tests with the TMTA level to keep them straight, but teachers can certainly use these sheets to reinforce rhythm concepts at any grade. You all know I love silly cartoons, but I tried really hard to make these pages friendly looking, and not cartoony. They use less ink than the originals, and they can be used with any age.
See any mistakes? Let me know!
St Patrick’s Day Composing
In my never-ending quest to change everything on my website to portrait orientation, I have updated these two St. Patrick’s Day composing pages and put them together into one PDF file. It’s time-consuming, which is why it is taking me so long!
The first page is for composing on the staff. I wrote a little poem and put the rhythm above the staff. The student can write a melody with bass notes, or just the melody.
The pre-reading page has the rhythm written above shamrocks, and they write the finger numbers of their melody on the shamrocks.
I always suggest to my students to start and end on the same note if they want a singable melody and I suggest D using only white keys for an Irish sounding melody. It is always amazing to me that some students have an innate ability to come up with a good melody! Other students write notes willy-nilly here and there and it sounds rather like me composing 12-tone music for a theory class. 🙂
Some students want to compose melody and accompaniment, so I suggest they start with fifths in the left hand and use D minor and C parallel fifths. If they get carried away and want to expand their composition, check out the staff paper I’ve posted that has a braced grand staff, measures, and bar lines. It’s one of the pages in this bundle. Staff Paper Variety Pack
If you don’t know how to print only one page in a PDF bundle, there is a tutorial in my FAQ.
Frog Notes on the Staff
Frog Treble and Bass Notes
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!
Learning Piano Keys
Finger Numbers and Left/Right Hands
Frogs in Flip Flops – This 12-measure song uses only two notes, F and C. There are words and a teacher duet.
Below is something I did with my student to help him remember treble F. We had a lot of fun with Mr. Frog!