Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Organizing My Teaching Tools: Piano Teaching Binders

After several years of finding a treasure trove of online piano teaching resources, I decided to compile my most often used on the bench teaching aids into a couple of binders with tabbed dividers w/ sheet protectors. It's so convenient to have my notenaming, sightreading & rhythm drills all in one place as students work to compete in the Piano Summer Olympics Events.

Notereading - Say & Play all notes on the page in less than one minute

Sightreading - Play as many measures in a row as you can with accurate notes and rhythm
  • Pre-Reading Sightreading Cards (Pianimation.com) I print multiple cards per page.
    • Partial staff cards to practice directional reading (step up, step down, repeat)
  • Sightreading Pages (Now sold as "flashcards" that you cut apart at Dianehidy.com)
    • Very gradually sequenced 2-4 measure examples starting with landmark notes on both staves, then notes within major and minor 5 finger patterns.
  • Sightreading Challenge Sets (Pianimation.com Teacher Resources)
    • Leveled sightreading challenges beginning with directional patterns, landmark notes on one staff.  They gradually increase in difficulty eventually including various key signatures, articulation and dynamic marks.

Rhythm

Ear Training

Technic

Theory

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