Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
I started by telling a silly story about a caterpillar doing his workout activities at the gym to introduce her to flexible wrist motions necessary for piano playing. We listened to Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca and simultaneously discovered some elements of the form of the music as each section repeats.
I came up with these lyrics to sing and made a musical map of pictures as a reminder of the motions for each melodic theme.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I recently was inspired by a post by Andrea and Trevor Dow on "Teach Piano Today" about making this simple "amazing fingercise cup" to help improve finger strength. I promptly constructed one with the tools I had on hand, and my curious kids were anxious to get there hands on this new "toy." They love the sound and were intrigued by the different pitch of the sounds of varying sized cups. My mind started spinning with additional uses. At our last group lesson we changed "Don't Clap This One Back" to "Don't Pluck this one Back."
|Don't "pluck this one back|
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
|Bass Clef Pop and Drop - heidispianonotes.blogspot.com|
· I inserted a piece of candy inside each balloon before blowing them up and then taped them to the wall in the shape of a bass clef. Students took turns popping balloons on the Bass Clef by finding the symbol written on the balloon that answers the clue. Darts might be more fun, but somehow the image of hurling darts in my home full of energetic children seemed a little disconcerting and I'm not much of a risk taker, so opted for a safe toothpick!
o “___s” the first letter of the music alphabet
o “____s” the last letter of the music alphabet
o It has a head and a stem and its all colored in.
o It has a head and a stem but its not colored in.
o Don’t fall in the the ______note
o F F F Forte
o P p p piano
o Fingers in ears (line note)
o Hand above and under head (space note)
I had plans to make a treble clef with more advanced signs, but discovered that I had a balloon shortage
because some of my children decided to make water balloon babies after the birthday party the day before :( so maybe we can do a little "Treble Trouble" version next month.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Right now my 4 year old daughter's favorite piano game is Trick or Treat, a fun rhythm activity which I found on Layton Music website several years ago. She wants to play it every day she practices. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the fruit snacks or goldfish treats that she gets to eat when she picks a treat card:) I love how the repetition has helped her to even understand the concept of eighth notes at such a young age.
To introduce the concept of counting by measure I had her construct