Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaching Note Stem Direction : Poppin' P's and Down- Low D's

I was playing Simple Stems with 2 of my children to review note stem placement.  A few turns into the game after I had explained that notes look like p's or d's (They can paddle and dive but never bbq) my son was still making a few mistakes. My daughter excitedly exclaimed, "Hey, I know... Poppin' Ps and Down low d's."  She explained that all of the notes above the middle line look like ps, and popcorn pops up, and all of the the notes down low (below the middle line) look like ds.  This little analogy worked really well for both of them and they whizzed through the game after that.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Musical Storytime: "Flight of the Bumblebee" and "Berlioz the Bear"

After reading the delightful story of a bear with a buzzing bass ("Berlioz the  Bear" by Jan Brett) with my preschooler we decided to listen to his performance song, "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov

Boogie Style

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Piano Lab Online Activities Level 1

Left/Right & Finger Numbers
  Tonic Tutor Finger Puppets
Hearing High/Low
  SFS Pitch
Hearing Up/Down
  Tonic Tutor Stick People
  MLC Storm Chasers (Pitch and Melody Aural) 
Playing Rhythms QHW
  Quackin' Rhythms
Note/Rest Names QHW
    MLC Meteor Match (Rhythm Visual)
   Tonic Tutor Piggybank
Rhythm Review
  SFS Rhythm
Tempo Adagio/Andante/Allegro
  SFS Tempo
Music Alphabet
     White Keys Frog Video
White Key Names
  MLC Letter Fly CDE (Keyboard Elements) 
  Tonic Tutor Piano Keys
  emusictheory.com Piano keys quiz
  Quizlet Piano Keys Scatter Game
Aural Memory
  Music Tech Teacher Flash Piano
  PT Sequencing with Simon
  Forte/Piano Mootoob Video
Counting by Measure - 4/4 Time Signature
  Quarter Note Song 
  Classics for Kids Composing Game
  PT Unifix Drums
  PT Counting Music
Lines/Spaces on Staff
  Freddie the Frog Note Matching Games
High/Low on Staff
  High/Low Mootoob video
Steps on Staff
Landmark Notes
  Tonic Tutor Lasers
Bass and Treble Clefs
 Pianoanne Barnyard Friends
  MooToob Very Cool Bass Clef
Grand Staff
  Pianoanne Barnyard Friends
  FACE Mootoob Video
Echo Rhythms
  Tonic Tutor Dancing Jellybeans 
  Classics for Kids Rockin Rhythm Master
Hearing Steps and Skips
  Theta Paddle Tones (requires login)
Steps and Skips on Piano
 Tonic Tutor Jungle Journey Pre-A
Steps and Skips on Staff 
  Theoria Interval Id M2(step) or M3(skip)
3/4 Time Signature
 Half Steps and Whole Steps
  Tonic Tutor Jungle Journey Pre-B 
Theory Term/Symbol Review
  Tonic Tutor Boxing Glove
  DSO Music Match 
  Brain Pop Symbol Memory

Music Protection: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

The dog ate my music (or at least that's what it looks like)! Fortunately I don't have any pets to destroy my music, but children can be pretty rough on it. 

Contact Paper has become one of my most purchased supplies as a piano teacher other than music of course.  I've gone through many rolls "laminating" cards and game boards for printable games.  It also comes in handy for

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Festival Gold Star Choice Piece Listening Assignment

Click on the link of your festival level below.  Listen to the Instrumental and Piano Samples of each song and answer the following questions

1. Write 2 or more words to describe the mood of this piece.
2. What is the tempo (speed) of this piece (Adagio, Andante, Allegro, Presto, etc.)?
3. What articulation do you hear in this piece (staccato, legato, accents, pedaling etc.)?
4. Choose your personal rating for this piece from the following:

  1. 1- I have no interest in learning to play this.
    2 - This piece is okay
    3 - Nice, but not my favorite
    4 - I would like to play this piece.
    5. I would love to learn to play this.

PP Faber Primer(Blue/Black) 
Select the Purple Primer Book at the top of the link page 
I Found a Penny
Pony Express
French Cathedrals
Chugging Choo-Choo
Eternally Music

P1 Faber Level 1 (Purple/Pink)
 Select the Red  Book 1 at the top of the link page
Most of all I Like Rainbows
Colorful Sonatina - Happy Red
Canoe Song
Chinese Painting
Three Pirates

P2 Faber Level2A (Yellow/Orange)
 Select the Blue 2A Book at the top of the link page
There's Nothing Like a Circus
Concert Sonatina -Andante
Home Run Harry
Toy Town
Grandpa Leprechaun

P3 Faber Level2B (Green/White)
 Select the Orange 2B book at the top of the link page
Festive Sonatina
Tijuana Tambourine
Gypsy Dance by Firelight
Rainbow Sister

Friday, April 4, 2014

Joplin The Entertainer Lab Assignment

Divide your music into small sections and add a label above each section that fits the "act" of the entertainer. 

For example during the first few phrases, I imagine...
Grand Entrance Cart Wheels
Juggling - "Toss-up, Toss-up, Toss-up"
Tumbler - and then he's "Tumbling around on the floor"
Juggling - "Toss-up, Toss-up, Toss-up"
Tumbler - Now he's "Tumbling around a little more"

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Rhythm Trainer Online Flash Game

Thanks to pinterest, I discovered another useful resource today for practicing rhythmic dictation skills during piano lab.  At http://www.therhythmtrainer.com/ .  I like how there are options for fast and slow speed.  You can also customize what combination of note values to practice with including different combinations of eighth and sixteenth notes and rests.
Another useful feature is the 2 mode options.  For mode A, students listen to a one measure rhythm pattern (in 4/4 Time) and then construct it by clicking on rhythm values in the correct order.  In Mode B you can see the rhythm pattern and then select from multiple choice audio samples to select the pattern that matches the rhythm that you see. This will definitely be added to my link list of online piano lab activities.