I keep a private Pinterest board of blog project inspo, & this paint stir stick activity was one of the pins I saved. Similar to the swipe painting project, I didn’t click through to the original project before working on a music version for the blog.
This is a great activity for pre-reading students. It’s not meant to get students to perfect or even identify notes. It’s more so that students are exposed to the types of notes & their names. It’s similar to the bunny music matching game if you made it so it matched by color.
Now, I don't have the world's largest music studio by any means. I don't think I really want that. I'm learning that bigger isn't necessarily better, but bills have gotta be paid, amiright? Plus, there are some really cool potential students out there, & you probably want to spread your love of music!
Are you looking to build your studio? Here are 5 tips/ideas for building your music studio.
Looking for some resources to use with your students while working on rests? Well, look no further!
Take A Rest is a printable packet now available in the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
Reinforce eighth, quarter, half, & whole rests with this resource.
Activities in the packet include:
Have any questions? Let me know or show me how you use the packet on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Need something to help yourself or your students plan practice sessions? Then try this easy upcycle of a photo frame! (For more on practice, check out some Reflections on Harp Column's #30DayPractice Challenge, or what's more important than practice)
Want to listen to the pieces on the example frame? Chariots, Close to You (also watch the blindfolded version!), Improv on Sonate en Ré (and another), We 3 Kings, I Have Decided, 24 Hours Without A Sail...it isn't safe, The Munsters theme song
dry erase marker
Just decorate your frame with duct tape, print the template linked above, & pop it into the frame (trim if needed),
The template has lines to write goals for the sessions & boxes to check each off, but you could also just put plain paper in the frame. If you want to keep the marker with it, add a large rubber band across the frame to hold the marker when not in use.
I came across this cute pin the tail on the bunny activity on Pinterest, & was inspired to make a bunny music matching game. Continue reading for some ideas & the first page free!
clipboard image from Pixabay
Delight your students with this versatile musical symbol matching game! This makes a great take-home game, off the bench activity, or music party game.
Students might not even know they’re improving their musical knowledge!
Ideas for using this packet
Grab the first sheet of 6 of these bunny sets for free here. Then pick up the complete packet of 18 bunny sets & a pdf of the above ideas in the Fischarper TpT store!
Be sure to share your ideas for this game with me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
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...
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?
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!
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!
One of the last posts over at my old blog site (Practice Your Lasagnos) compared & contrasted lever & pedal harps. Thought I'd brush it off (figuratively, of course) & update/edit it a little to post over in this space. So, here it is!
There are different types of harps, but the most common in the U.S. are pedal harps and lever harps (even harps with no levers or pedals). Both pedal and pedal-free harps follow the same basic idea. Lever harps are not necessarily beginner harps and can be used by beginners and professionals alike. There are professional harpers (lever harp players) and professional harpists. Some people can move levers very impressively! Whether or not a student plans eventually like to add the pedal harp to his/her repertoire, a lever harp will be beneficial and a good basis. Both types of harps can be used to play a variety of genres. Lever harps tend to be more affordable and generally more portable. :)
Some websites I'd recommend perusing for harps and harp information are Virginia Harp Center, Lyon and Healy, Salvi, Camac, Sylvia Woods Harp Center, Harp Spectrum, and Harp Column. These sites should be a good start. :)
Exploring the music that is played on the various models can be useful and fun. Some harpists/harpers you might like to check out are Jakez François, Louise Trotter, Greg Buchanan, Deborah Hensen-Conant, Park Stickney, and Susann McDonald, and, of course, Harpo Marx. :)
If you're a harpist/harper, do you prefer playing pedal or pedal-free harps? Let me know in the comments! Or do you have any questions? Just leave 'em below!
P.S. The www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/FischarperHalloween printable music activity packet is available in the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store!
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