Valentine Note Match

Valentine Note Match

This is the time of the year I want to make sure my students are learning the names of their notes. I have a One Minute Club contest (the idea is from Jane Bastien) the last 6 weeks of lessons, and I want everyone to be prepared. I also have a lot of students who wait for siblings during their lessons. I’m going to laminate this and let them practice the Valentine Note Match  while they wait. Then I’ll time them with the stop watch on my phone at the start of their lesson. For students who don’t have to wait on siblings, I’ll do this with them.

Students are really liking the laminated worksheets that they can erase if they make a mistake. It is saving me a lot of ink, too. Plus I don’t run out of worksheets!

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2 thoughts to “Valentine Note Hunt

  • Laura

    Thank you SO much!!!

    I found your blog after searching the Internet for ways to make piano fun. I’ve been teaching my 6 year old daughter for a little over a year now. She’s doing well, and I haven’t really needed any games to motivate her. A couple of months ago a friend asked if I would be willing to teach his 10 year old grandson who had expressed an interest in learning to play the piano. I’ve never really formally taught lessons before, but I said I could give it a try. He said that it might not last long because he often loses interest in something quickly (he has pretty severe ADHD), and they found that it’s best to just back off if that’s the case. (I’ve learned this for myself because I’m also his Cub Scout Leader, and if there’s something he doesn’t want to do, it’s impossible to get him to do it.) Anyway, after less than a month, I could tell he was already starting to lose interest. He really seems to have a natural talent, and I sure would hate for him to waste it, so I decided I needed to do somthing to make it more fun. I desperately racked my brain, but I’m not creative at all, and I couldn’t come up with anything. I finally decided to see if, by any chance, there was anything on the Internet that could help. I searched and searched for a long time and couldn’t find any games or fun ideas. I kept changing my search key words, and I finally found your blog. Wow!!! It’s exactly what I need! I can’t even tell you how excited I am! The bonus to this is that I will be able to use them with my daughter (and my younger kids when they’re old enough to start). Like I said before, she’s doing fine now, but I would hate for her to reach a point where it’s just something that Mom’s making her do. This will make our “lessons” more fun and less stressful.

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your ideas and your work and time. You’ve probably just saved one talented boy from giving up on piano before he really even starts. Thank you!!!


  • Pamela

    Hi Susan,
    You have such terrific ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them. I know my students will love playing the games!


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