Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Halloween Themed Free Piano Resources
It's a treat to pull the seasonal games and music and rediscover a few I've forgotten. I organized this list of free Halloween themed music and activities posted by creative bloggers that I've enjoyed using in my studio the past several years and added a few of my own as well.
HPN Trick or Treat Composing Activity
Free printable song for beginners using the C pentascale and candy bar rhythm patterns of the student's choice.
Susan Paradis Pre-Reading Pieces & Primer Staff Songs
Free printable songs have a small range of notes perfect for beginners or for sight reading practice.
FPS (Jennifer Foxx) Primer Halloween Pieces
These simple early elementary pieces in a minor are great for reviewing note reading on the staff near Middle C.
Making Music Fun Toccata Theme
My students love this simplified version of this familiar Bach piece that is often associated with Halloween even though more difficult rhythms require some rote teaching for some.
Teach Piano Today Halloween Improv
This simple teacher/student duet improv using notes from the c minor pentascale helps students reviews rhythm while expanding improvisation skills.
Julie Lind Halloween Piano Song Download
Some easy original pieces composed by Julie (Mummy Escape, Creepy Footsteps, etc.) and simplified versions of traditional spooky favorites (Toccata and Fugue, Snake Dance, Funeral March, etc.)
Layton Music Trick or Treat Rhythm Pumpkin Patterns
My daughter begs to play this rhythm activity all year long even though it is simply rhythm clapping practice paired with some treats. One year I posted a pumpkin rhythm card to the front door that students had to knock before entering for their lesson. I've also used this as a fun introduction to composition and improvisation.
Susan Paradis Bats & Cats Rhythm Game, Halloween Note Game
I love the Bats and Cats rhythm game that is easily adapted for beginner to intermediate levels while the Note Game reinforces note names on the staff for beginners.
Pianimation Halloween Activities
Jen Fink's fun group games, composition starters and quick games cover a variety of topics including rhythm, intervals, improvisation, major/minor and steps/skips.
Don't Eat the Poison Pumpkin Staff Notes
You can't go wrong with "Don't Eat Pete." Kids love it at classroom Halloween parties, so I came up with this variation for piano lessons.
Teach Piano Today Trick or Treat Note Values
This primer level game is just one of many Wunderkeys holiday games for young beginners.
Witch's Brew Sing a New Song
I love the more challenging rhythm patterns in this game for students who need more of a challenge.
Colourful Keys Pumpkin Patch Match
This group bingo-style game helps students review note names on the staff.
Fun Piano Studio Games and Worksheets
Kristin Yost has a collection of games for both individual and group settings to review note stem placement, note names, rhythm and worksheets for theory concepts. I save ink and paper by slipping them in sheet protectors so multiple students can do them with dry erase markers during lab time.
Halloween Listening Lab
I posted this a few years ago for my students to learn a little about musical form and the organ as they watch a YouTube video with Bach's Toccata and Fugue.
Classics for Kids - Halloween podcast
The classics for kids short podcasts are a great way to expose students to a variety of music as they learn about various composers.
Check out this Halloween Group Lesson post for more fun Halloween teaching fun!
Thanksgiving Free Piano Music
Christmas Themed Free Piano Resources