In the last blog, I shared all about hosting a Piano Teacher Pinterest Party. Today, I am sharing the resources that each teacher brought including two original resources, Music Bingo and Colored Scale Charts.
Thanks to two awesome teachers who are willing to share what they’ve created with Fun Key Music readers, I have not one, but two freebies for you today!
A huge thank you to Julie, who is a piano teacher in St. Louis. Julie is not afraid to try new methods and expand her teaching style and skills from the way that she was taught. She’s willing to leave the norm and dive into techniques she feels will best serve her students as they develop into lifelong musicians.
Julie created this Music Bingo to help students solidify their knowledge of music symbols and their meanings.
Another huge thank you to Christy who you may remember from my interview with her about her studio incentive, the iMusic Challenge. She is an amazingly dedicated and caring teacher who loves her students both in her private studio and her parochial school with all her heart.
COLORED SCALE CHARTS
She created some fabulous colored scale charts…one for sharp keys and one for flat keys. I love the look of these!
Lisa is a rock star teacher who connects and engages with every student. She specializes in making music come alive through student-driven repertoire selection. She believes when students love what they’re playing, learning is at it’s best. She runs a successful business traveling to her students homes in St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri.
You can connect with Lisa at her studio Facebook page: Fun Piano Lessons from Bach to Rock.
A fun way for students to grasp on to technique away from the piano! By making a finger impression in the dough, this VISUAL tool helps students FEEL what legato should feel like in their fingertips. Bounce off with no impression in the dough for a staccato touch.
1,000 Minute Club
Set a big practice goal with the 1,000 Minute Club. Students work towards consistent practice. For every 10 minutes of practice, one box on the chart gets filled in. Students can see a visual representation of how far they’ve come and how much further they need to go to reach their goal of 1,000 minutes of piano practice.
Here’s how Lisa incentivized the 1,000 Minute Club in her studio: She put out a challenge to all of her students–the first to reach 1,000 minutes would receive a $20 gift card to a store of their choosing. The race was on….and students loved it! Students who still reached one thousand minutes, but weren’t first to complete their chart, received a large prize.
Since our Piano Teacher Pinterest Party, the 1,000 Minute Club printable is no longer accessible online. No worries, though! Any 100’s chart will work just fine and there’s plenty of those to be found.
Here’s one I found on Teachers Pay Teachers:
Composer Trading Cards
Incorporate music history into piano lessons easily while student collect composer trading cards. Check out the blog and resource from Teach Piano Today for ideas on how to use these cards in your lessons.
Hint: When you click on the link to download the card sets, you’ll be brought to ALL of the Wunderkeys resources. There’s a menu at the top and if you click on “Music History” and all of the composer trading cards will be there, without having to search through all the other resources.
NOTES -N- CASH
Students practice note values and money skills in this game. The student with the most cash at the end of this game of chance wins.
Notes -n- Cash can be found in The Big Book of Music Games. (non-affiliate link)
Carla Younger runs the Passion for Piano studio in Chesterfield, Missouri. Carla holds her degree in Piano Performance from Webster University in St. Louis. She enjoys composing and she really connects with the stories in music and attaches visual imagery to bring songs to life for her students. If you know Carla, you know that passion is the perfect word for her business. She has a passion for music and life that exudes from her!
See who’s fastest at matching the classical composers using trivia and interesting facts on the cards. Collect the most pairs to win the game.
Finally, here are the items I shared with everyone at the Pinterest Party:
MINI CONNECT 4 GAMES
I use these games for practicing with repetitions. Read more about how to use the Connect 4 game in this blog post.
My favorite way to use dice is as a practice tool. Divide a piece into six sections. Roll the first die once to determine which section to play. Roll the second die to determine how many times you will play the section. For lots of my younger students, their pieces are pretty short and only have four lines, which makes it easy just to assign each line as it’s own section. If students roll a 5 they’d practice lines 1 & 2, if they roll a 6, practice lines 3 & 4.
Oh the MANY ways to use drink carriers! I wrote 10 different ways to use these in lessons over at 88 Piano Keys. Check out the blog post and download your free printable here.
We all went home with LOTS of new ideas and tools to take back to our teaching studios. After we shared our resources, we shared which apps we enjoy and also shared some of our favorite repertoire (both for teaching and for playing for our own personal enjoyment.) Some teachers even shared their own compositions.
Such a fun time! If you decide to throw a Piano Teacher Pinterest Party, or use some of the freebies or resources in today’s post, give us a shoutout in the comments!