Grace is my very first member of the 2014 One Minute Club! She’s been working really hard at playing all 36 flashcards when given in random order in under 60 seconds three times consecutively– and she did it! Grace was admitted to the club with scores of 57, 54, and 53 seconds.
One Minute Club members will enter into their own contest to see who can get the lowest score- the winner will receive their very own Bonus Game Day and another very special prize.
—Deal 10 cards off of a flashcard deck.
—Place them in the shape of bowling pins.
—Set the metronome to 40, 50, or 60 (or higher!). As the metronome clicks, touch or point to each card and have the student name one card per beat.
—If they get them all without missing a beat, its a STRIKE!
—If they miss some, leave them on the table (but clear away the others) so the student can try again for a SPARE.
—Then clear away all the cards and set up for the next “frame”.
—Repeat this for 10 frames.
Flashcard Frenzy is another fun way my students drill their flashcards as they practice for January’s One Minute Club Initiations. This is also really fun flashcard play for my 1st year students. Students choose 1 card each from 2 piles titled “At the Piano” and “Away from the piano”. Each card will direct the student to drill their flashcards ways that are fun and far more interesting than simply sitting down with a hand full of cards.
Here are a few examples:
At the Piano
-at the piano, set up 1 treble clef card and 1 bass clef card– then play both together at the same time!
-at the piano, play all the ABC flashcards, then all the DEF flashcards, and finally all the F and G flashcards.
Away from the Piano
-away from the piano, use a table top keyboard and take a stone away from each key for each flashcard you pick from the pile.
-away from the piano, set the metronome to ___ and play “Flashcard Bowling”!
Free Printable Cards: Flash Card Frenzy Cards
……more on Flashcard Bowling next time…..
This week my students all made a new “Piano Key” Chain. They keep their key chain in their new tote bags and use them in lessons. The key chain itself has the student’s name and another cool piano design on the back chosen by the student. I picked the Circle of Keys for my key chain. The punch cards are fun because they are the same size and shape as the grocery store membership cards on Mom’s key chain.
Also on the key chain are:
- A memorization BONUS bead punch chard
- Our Fall Book Bash Punch card
- A full set of mini Travel Flashcards
- 14 Practice Strategy “chips”
This week my students are beginning to learn important practice strategies one by one. These strategies not only help them practice a regular lesson book piece, but can get them through the tough technical passages in their music that could stump any pianist.
Two of my students will be traveling this Labor Day weekend and will already be using their travel flashcards in the car. Two students will be taking on the challenge of memorizing a piece for next week for an extra 3 bonus beads on their practice chain. And one student has already completed a “Fall Book Bash” activity. Fall book bash activities take place when a student has completed a lesson book song and is ready to do something fun and crazy with that piece. They do this by randomly choosing a card from a a deck of cards each with a crazy musical instruction on how to play that song. What ever the card says the student has to do!
It’s been a great first week of lessons- everyone is hard at work and 3 students even received the highest lesson rating this week of 5+1 (thats 5 regular beads plus 1 bonus bead on their practice chains). Boy, we are going to have really long practice chains this year!!
I have the best students ever and these key chains are really shaping up already to be a wonderful learning aid for them all.
Some of my students have really been enjoying this creepy Halloween game of skeletons where I show them a music flashcard and they pick a skull from the tree to place it on the corresponding piano key. The flashcards use only sharps, flats, double sharps, and double flats. When all the skulls are on the piano keys, the student must finally name each key using ONLY enharmonic names for each in order to become the Skull Master!