This year’s One Minute Club is shaping up like no other. Never before have my students run through all the flashcards so quickly!! Here are the Members of the 2015 One Minute Club and their unbelievable scores:
And yes, those scores are in SECONDS!
Members of the One Minute Club receive a special treat (for members only) at the June recital. When they complete their third consecutive time at the flashcards in under 60 seconds, they receive the special package shown below.
One Minute Club previous blog links below:
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.
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…..
It’s January and that means its time for our 2014 Annual One Minute Club Initiations to begin!
(Finger numbers shown on some cards are not used for the One Minute Club and should be ignored here)
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
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!
- 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.
It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the 2013 One Minute Club! Several of my students are already practicing their flashcards and becoming faster and faster at them in order to pass all 6 levels. Each level must be played on the piano in under 1 minute to move forward to the next level. But it’s not just one level at a time….no way! That would be too easy…
Level 1- C’s
Level 2- C’s and F’s
Level 3- C’s, F’s, D’s
Level 4- C’s, F’s, D’s, G’s
Level 5- C’s, F’s, D’s, G’s, B’s
Level 6- C’s, F’s, D’s, G’s, B’s, E’s, A’s
To become a member of the One Minute Club, each student has to play Level 6 on the piano 3 times in succession in under 60 seconds. Once they do, they receive the following:
- One Minute Club Membership Card
- $3.00 Gift Card to Menchies
- A special treat at the Double Scoop Recital
- A special treat at the Award’s Recital
Our reigning champion is Vangi with 42 seconds …….will someone beat the record this year?