The 2014 “One Minute Club”

One Minute Club Treats
One Minute Club Treats

It’s January and that means its time for our 2014 Annual One Minute Club Initiations to begin!

Want to know how it works? Read on…..
The One Minute Club is not easy and should be reserved for 2nd year+ students. First year students will start strong, but quickly become frustrated when they cannot juggle all the notes in combination.
Thanks to Anne Crosby Gaudet for her flashcard photos- taken from her ipad goodies page
Thanks to Susan Paradis for her 2013  One Minute Club Membership Card
Level 1: (C’s) 
When the student practices, they should name and play each note on the piano.

Middle C
Cows
Low C
Face C
High C
When the student is timed the following week, they only play each letter without naming it. If the student can do this in under 60 seconds, they can progress to Level 2.

(Finger numbers shown on some cards are not used for the One Minute Club and should be ignored here)

Middle C

Level 2: (F’s) Follow instructions as above. When student is timed the following week- they must play BOTH level 1 and level 2 cards in order to to progress to Level 3. The cards are shuffled and presented at random.

Incidentally, I use the following sentences:
Treble Clef line notes: Empty Garbage Before Dad Flips
Treble Clef Space Notes: F A C E
Bass Clef Line Notes: Garfield Bit Dad’s Foot Again
Bass Clef Space Notes: All Cows Eat Grass

Face F
Foot
Flips
Low F

Level 3: (D’s) Follow instructions above, but when the student is timed, they must play Level 1, 2, and 3 cards combined and shuffled- in under 60 seconds in order to progress to Level 4.

Level 4: (G’s) Here is where it becomes difficult….so its a good thing to have easy G’s right about now! The student really must be reminded that they should be drilling these every day if they expect to get them in under 60 seconds! Remember, in practice they should be naming the notes while playing them.

Level 5: (B’s) The student plays all the C’s, F’s, D’s, G’s, and B’s in under 60 seconds
to progress to Level 6. If they have difficulty and are unable to do this in under 60 seconds, praise the student for what they were able to do and encourage them to just keep drilling! This really does take daily drilling to master.

Level 6: (A’s and E’s) Here is the final push to complete all 7 letters of the music alphabet. All 6 levels are shuffled together and presented at random. Completing level 6 can take several weeks. Once the student can do Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 combined in 72 seconds, I move their name to the chart that tracks their time down to 60 seconds. But they must do 60 seconds three times in succession. (This can be over several weeks). More advanced students can enjoy getting the lowest time score possible. Last year, my student’s fastest score was 42 seconds!

Club Members receive:
  • a One Minute Club Membership Card
  • a $3.00 Menchie’s Gift Card.
  • a lei or Mardi Gras beads to wear at the Double Scoop Recital
  • a very special treat of their own at the Double Scoop Recital.

3 comments

  1. Hi Suzanne, what would be the advantage of starting Level 1 with all Cs and then Level 2 all C’s and F’s, and so forth? Is this way better than the C position notes?

    • Hi Alice- I just sent you an email reply, but essentially, I use the One Minute Club to reinforce random note reading and keyboard geography only, rather than intervalic reading or reading in given positions.

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