Happy Easter! Remember this great news!
Have a wonderful day, whether you spend it at church, with family, at a gig, or elsewhere.
I am so excited about this project! SO. EXCITED.
Here's a fun upcycle idea for t-shirts. I think this would be neat to do at a harp or music camp or as an easy diy gift. If you don't have an old t-shirt and some optional lace laying around, you could likely pick them up at your local thrift store or even dollar store. Potentially economical and eco-friendly.
Step 1: (Optional) Cut off the neckline and bottom seams of the sleeves and shirt.
Step 2: Turn your t-shirt inside out and trace this pattern (or your own!) onto the back of your shirt with chalk (make sure to reverse it!).
Step 3: Cut lines parallel to the "column" of your harp shape. Stretch them out a little when you're done.
Step 4: (Optional) Sew a cute little lace pocket on the front.
Bonus project: Make a dog or cat toy by braiding, knotting, etc. part you cut off. Just make sure your pet doesn't eat it, get tangled in it, or anything!
Easter is approaching! Check out the roundup of 5 ideas from the interwebs below.
What are your favorite Easter activities for lessons?
With Easter so quickly after St. Patrick's Day this year, I have a bonus post this week! Yay! Enjoy this versatile Easter egg sight-reading activity, suitable for many different instruments and levels.
Also, aren't these "eggs" too cute?!
Put a line of music in the Easter egg for the student to sight-read. You could do this right hand/left hand or both hands together (if applicable), rhythms, or even one note. There are many potential variations!
You can cut up old music, print some royalty-free music, or even just hand-write some.
Have your student choose an egg and take out the music. It can be tricky to get it to stay unrolled! You might consider bringing music clips or clothespins to clip it to the music stand or piano. You could also tape it to a piece of paper or a folder.
Depending on how long it takes the student, you might use multiple eggs in a lesson or just one.
I included stickers in the eggs for after the student's sight-reading, because I love stickers and it's a great way to use up some of your sticker stash (What? You don't have a stash of stickers?!). You can include a sticker, a small prize of other sorts, or just the music.
Like I said earlier, there are many variations on this that you can try! Let me know what you do!
P.S.I feel like I must've learned this from somewhere....if you know of other bloggers or teachers who have done a similar activity, please put a link in the comments.
Whoops! I guess I didn't scheduled this post, so it's going up a little late.
Remember this post? Well here's an easy little tweak. This would be a great way to salvage a try that didn't work out so well. That might or might not be how this little version came about ;).
I don't remember the exact steps/order I did this particular one in, but all you need to do is follow the steps in the previous clay charm post and then add a coat or more of nail polish on top! I think I used two coats of some green NYC polish. You should be able to omit the glaze.
I've heard you aren't actually supposed to use nail polish on this type of clay, but so far I've had no trouble with it.
How have you salvaged projects that didn't turn out quite like you wanted?
The month of March is here, bringing St. Patrick's Day! Below is a roundup of 5 activities from the interwebs that you might enjoy using with your music students. You might print them and use them in lessons, send them home as homework, or send links to one or more in your studio newsletter (maybe offer a special prize for students who complete them). Check below the picture for the ideas.
Here they are...
1. Of course, you can discuss the Irish harp! Check out this article from Harp Spectrum.
2. Ear Training and Improv offers several free St. Patrick's Day printable worksheets.
3. A fun worksheet for matching words with their rhythms from The Sweetest Melody.
4. A neat game for practicing rhythms from Sara's Music Studio.
5. About.com has a downloadable Irish harp coloring page.
What activities do you recommend for lessons around St. Patrick's Day?
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