Category Archives for Free Printables

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

My son requested this song, so I’m sharing it with you.  It was designed to use with the Movable “Do” Piano Insert We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Movable “Do” Piano Insert

This insert will help you play in any key, reminding you where the sharps and flats are.  My 3-year-old can transpose simple melodies into any key with it!  If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth much more. Here is the printable: Movable “Do” Piano Insert Here is a simple melody […]

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Egyptian Pyramid

This is a fun little printable to teach your student/child the rhythm pyramid.  The rhythm pyramid shows several notes in layers that all have the same time value.  A whole note has the same time value as two half notes.  Two half notes have the same time value as four quarter notes, and four quarter […]

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Ring around the Rosies rhythm printable

Today was to be the day that I released my revised e-book, “Beginning Rhythm”.  It was a great deadline and I put a lot of work into meeting that goal, but it’s just not polished up the way I want it to be yet.  The manipulatives are done, and you can expect the release by […]

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Rhythm Sorting page

Summer vacation is over!  I’m still not exactly sure where it went, but I’m excited to get back to school with my little ones. I have recently been focusing all of my “computer time” updating my e-book, “Rhythm for Preschoolers”, and it is almost finished.  Thank you to everyone who has given me feedback- it […]

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Rhythm Blocks

Here is a manipulative that you can cut out and use with your students or children.  I like to use rhythm solfege as outlined in the video to demonstrate counting, but you can also simply count to 4.  This is just one hands-on approach that you can add to your toolbox.  I colored the squares […]

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Using color to teach music

I have found many different programs that use color to help teach music reading to children, especially on the piano. Piano Wizard, and Piano for Preschoolers come to mind, but there are many others. Some have even used color to teach singing and perfect pitch, such as the Taneda method. I think that using color […]

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Piano Chord Wheel

This is a tool that I created for my piano students to help them to learn their primary chords.  Here is the printable: piano-chord-wheel.pdf Directions:Print on card-stock, cut out the circles, and then optionally laminate.  Poke holes in the center with a needle, then poke a paper brad through the smaller circle then the larger.  […]

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The importance of ear training

Unfortunately, I was not introduced to aural skills through independent study until I was in college. I wanted better for my students, and have regularly included 2-5 minutes of aural training in my lessons with them. Here is an ear training manipulative that I created for my students.  It is simply two large measures for […]

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Practice time logs

That which can be monitored can be improved. I have found in my teaching that when my students have been struggling with a song for a few weeks, we always come to the inevitable question: “How much have you been practicing?” Yes, that’s what I thought.I am so grateful that my piano teacher consistently asked […]

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