Is your cat looking to expand his/her musical experience? Has (s)he already mastered the harp? It's time to get your "Kitten On The Keys"!
Follow these steps to make your own piano scratching pad for your favorite musical feline!
glue (hot glue gun & craft glue)
Paint your board white. It doesn't have to be perfect; this is just to help the wood that peeks through blend in.
Cut your old towel(s) into strips and braid or make rope.
Use a hot glue gun to glue your "rope" into the board, snaking it back & forth in a tight zigzag pattern,
Cut the foam strips to a size that fits well as the black keys of the piano. I didn't paint this foam black, but I'd recommend painting it first or using black foam.
Now it's time to wrap the black keys! First wrap the black yarn around the foam length-wise, then wrap width-wise. You can coat the foam in craft glue before wrapping, or glue as you go using craft glue or hot glue.
Glue your black keys onto your rope-covered board, imitating the pattern of a piano keyboard.
Once it's dry, sprinkle some catnip on the keys, & watch your cat enjoy this new toy!
Feel free to use this as inspiration for your own version. How do you think you'll make it? Be sure to show me on social media by tagging me &/or using #Fischarper!
The Fischarper Fall Activity packet has arrived! It has 11 printable music activity sheets:
1. Fall Music Cryptogram
2. Autumn Leaf Practice Chart
3. Autumn Leaf Note Matching (treble clef)
4. Autumn Leaf Note Matching (bass clef)
5. Hidden Accidentals Pilgrim Picture
6. Place the Pumpkins on the Spaces (Treble Clef)
7. Place the Pumpkins on the Lines (Treble Clef)
8. Place the Pumpkins on the Spaces (Bass Clef)
9. Place the Pumpkins on the Lines (Bass Clef)
10. Fall Leaf Music Composition Activity
11. Fall Staff Paper
Keep reading below for some ideas on how to use this resource in your lessons!
By the way, I finally figured out how to blend mockups with images in Photoshop (thanks to this video)! It's easier than trying to erase parts of it!
Try using the scarecrow staff paper with an easy activity like this. You could use Fall-themed erasers or some small autumn leaf cutouts.
Or you could have your student color the picture of the scarecrow & write a (very short) composition about it.
How about some "Tape the Leaf on the Staff"? Make it similar to pin the tail on the donkey, but the student tapes a leaf to the staff (blindfolded) and then names that note. You could even do this sitting at the instrument, a table, or on the floor to make sure no one run into the wall. :)
Instead of having the student cut out the leaves on the leaf composition activity, use real fallen leaves! This could be a fun activity to get your student out in the fresh air with a parent.
How do you think you'll use these worksheets? Be sure to snap a picture and share your ideas with #Fischarper on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments!
From the archives...
Do you have any of those little ready-to-decorate papier mache boxes laying around? Well, let's get to decorating one! I just used things that were on-hand. Just use the directions below as ideas, and see what you come up with!
papier mache box
acrylic paint (lime green, black)
music washi tape (or try making your own!)
[let me know in the comments if you'd like more specifics on the products]
The first main step will probably take a small few steps. Paint your box and lid your desired colors. (I have white on the outside and lime green on the inside [added later].) Make sure to let dry thoroughly.
Next, Add your music washi tape & trim it to size. Leave enough room at the top for the lid to comfortable fit. You might need to add glue to hold the tape down.
Seal the tape on my brushing glue over the box and lid. Allow to dry separately.
And here it is with the inside painted!
What color would you paint the inside?
Be sure to show me your version on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments section below!
In “At the Movies” I link to TV shows and/or movies that have music in them…often harps (of course!). These might (or might not) be resources you’d like to add to your lending library or assign for students to find as some fun, away-from-the-instrument homework!
Today's installment features an episode of The Munsters. You can see the harp in many episodes of this series. In "Munster Masquerade," the babysitter (Mrs. Morton) does a sort of descending glissando, then the harp play an ascending glissando itself. Here are a few questions you might ask your students if they watch this:
By the way, did you see my video of The Munsters theme on harp?
What have you been enjoying on the tube lately? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. See past “At the Movies” posts here.
A few strings broke on my harp not too long ago (thanks, Irma! [maybe?]), and I do not enjoy changing strings! So, I thought I'd put together a little roundup of some resources that might be helpful!
This string octave chart with the staff from Sylvia Woods Harp Center could be really helpful!
So are you a string replacing wiz? Or not? Or somewhere in between?
Are there any great resources out there that I missed?
It's time for a roundup of Halloween Music Activities on the blog! (In case you couldn't tell by the title...)
Share this Music Monday with your students!
Did you have a Fall Performance Party?
Here's a past roundup of Halloween music activities.
And don't forget to pick up your printable Halloween packet from the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store!
What are some Halloween or Fall themes music activities you'd like to try in your studio?
Skeleton picture from Pixabay.
I accidentally posted this week's post early (oops!), so just click the link below to read it!
Easy Halloween Music Activity
Enjoy and let me know what you think!
Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!
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Hello lovely readers! This week, I'll be highlighting a few of the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers resources available. Andddddd the profits from sales from the Fischarper TpT store (i.e. what I would get after fees, etc. are taken out; only purchases from the TpT store) through 10/7/17 (it's extended!) go to Samaritan's Purse Hurricane Relief. As I mentioned here, I've recently had the honor of volunteering with Samaritan's Purse. My family also received from post-Irma assistance from SP, and they did an AWESOME job! It is a great organization, helping many people through several different ministries (they do Operation Christmas Child), so be sure to check it out! You can also donate directly to Samaritan's Purse Hurricane Relief.
Ok, on to some Fischarper TpT highlights!
Which resources from the Fischarper TpT store are your favorite? Also, let me know your favorite volunteer experience (or where you would like to volunteer) in the comments below!
Today I have a quick & very adaptable Halloween activity to share with you! (Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway!)
Large staff paper (there are some that are Halloween themed in this Fischarper Halloween packet)
Halloween erasers (or plastic spiders, candies, googly eyes, etc.)
Page protector (optional)
All you do is place the staff paper in the sheet protector, and make a game of where your student should place the erasers!
Here are some ideas of what you can practice:
If you'd rather not use Halloween activities, you could easily use these sheets with plastic spider and include it in a spider unit!
How would you use this activity?
And don't forget to enter the giveaway linked above!
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