Saturday, September 10, 2016

Festival Music Samples

I'm feeling invigorated after attending my first Music Teacher's Association in my new city of Rexburg.  I'm excited to join UVMTA and learn from so many talented teachers and workshops planned this year including Jason Lyle Black!  It was nice to hear a few samples of potential festival pieces played by different teachers in our area.  It reminded me of the Piano Listening Lab Assignment I made several years ago to help my students select pieces that they enjoy to prepare for festival while also honing their listening skills.
Another excellent resource for selecting festival pieces

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Preschool Staff Awareness Game

Sometimes my kids are lacking motivation for music practice when the sledding on the dirt hill outside or riding bikes in the vacant lot seem so much more appealing.

So after my son's Let's Play Music Class today I ramped up the motivation a bit by letting him pick out a little treat at the Dollar Store to play this tasty music game at home that I came up with. 
Materials Needed:
Small Edible Objects (golfish, m&ms, skittles, etc, marshmallows, fruit snackes, etc.)
Paper Music Staff (free printable staff from  Colorinmypiano) or (Susan

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Movement and Music with Traditional Songs

I am completely loving the Let's Play Music Class that my son is enrolled in and am excited to train to become a teacher in the future.  The order of concepts introduced is age appropriate and so many musical elements are couched into quick fun activities.  I love how his teacher layered so many concepts [bubble hand (hand position), finger taps (finger #s) and echoing rhythms] as she introduced the class rules.  In addition to his at home activities we've tried a few more music and movement songs on youtube.  Here are a few video activities that are fun for preschoolers that can be used to reinforce musical concepts through play and movement.
Going on a Bear Hunt
Concepts: (Steady Beat, Rhythm Fast and Slow, Pitch High and Low)

Five Little Speckled Frogs
Concepts: Matching Beat, Descending Scale, Melodic Direction, Finger #s)
Feel the Beat: Strum to the Beat Like Your Playing Guitar
At the end of each verse:
Hop hands down as you sing "Five green speckled Frogs" at the end of each verse.
Play So Fa Mi Re Do on xylophone or keys
Point to Lily Pads Stepping Down on the Staff that match the descending scale

Challenge: Tap Right Hand Fingers 5,4,3,2,1  or Left Hand Fingers 1,2,3,4,5 as you sing Now we are "stepping down the keys"

Do Re- Mi
Concept: Solfeg, Staff Awareness, Pitch direction
Move hands up and down to match direction of pitches
Make solfeg hand signs

Animal Scale
Concepts: Major/minor Pentascale, Staff Awareness
Sing along and move your hands or body up and down to match the pitch of the moving animals on  the staff.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer K-6 Piano Camp Game Links

In addition to all of the hands on activities and games at piano camp, Piano Campers get to increase their skills using some fun online games and iPad laps during a portion of our music camp.  
If you want to extend the fun and learning from piano camp at home, check out some of these fun online activities that reinforce the concepts we are learning. Most of them work best on a pc.  If you want a challenge select the starred activities.

Piano Camp Game Links
Piano Keys
·         *Quizlet Piano Keys Scatter
·          *Quackin’ Rhythms

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer K-6 Piano Camp: Games Galore

Our upcoming Rexburg Summer Piano Camp  will be filled with Hands on Fun, Edible Engagement, Creative Melody Making, Technology Tools and Games Galore!

The hardest part is picking the perfect games and activities from my list to squeeze into just one short week!

Friday, June 24, 2016

My First Piano Adventures Teaching Tips

My "Monster Bus Fan" with his Favorite Pal
I love the excitement and playfulness of young children.  So far I have used the Faber My First Piano Adventures Books to "play" with my children and introduce them to piano concepts from a very young age.  I attended a Faber workshop last summer with my teenage daughter who has now joined the ranks with me as a piano teacher.  These are just a couple of tools that I have used to go along with some of the songs in this method.
Instead of using "paper wads" to mark the key colors

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quest for Virtues Monthly Quotes

I created 12 posters as studio decor to go along with the monthly Piano Quest for Virtues Themes in my Studio last year.  My blog posts have been a bit sparse this year with the stress of relocating,  but I'm excited for fresh start in my Rexburg Piano Studio and an added bonus is I can utilize this program again soon with all new students.  
As I was growing up I like how my dad loved to post inspiring quotes