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!
Here's a fun activity to help with music literacy, fine motor skills, and color identification. If this is something you'd like to try with your students, pick up your own printable Treble Clef Play Dough Worksheets from the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers store. There's a stop-motion video toward the end of this post, too!
Once you've purchased the activity sheets, just download them, print, and slip into page protectors or laminate. One thing nice about the page protectors is you can easily keep them in a 3-ring binder.
I made red, blue, & white play dough based on this recipe. Store bought play dough would certainly work too (I used Play-Doh brand in the video)! It looks like we'd already experimented with mixing the colors (that was another learning activity!) when the E worksheet picture below was taken.
You can use this activity for part of a lesson (make sure students wash their hands before touching the instrument again), as homework, or for a music camp activity.
Before your students start this activity, make sure to set some rules. I asked the students questions to go over expectations. Here were some of mine:
Do you mix the play dough colors? (No. Later we did mix some, but that was a directed activity.)
Does the play dough go off your box/lid? (No.)
Use rules & guidelines that you see fit, and phrase them in your own way. It might be more effective to use positive phrasing, such as "the colors stay separate" & "the play dough stays on the box/lid." Then you don't risk the student(s) just hearing/processing "mix the play dough" & "off your box/lid."
You can use a box/lid, or a place mat to keep the surface clean and to give visual boundaries for the students.
This activity is great for a variety of ages. I worked with for a small group of preschool through about mid-elementary school age for this project. But I think it could be fun for about any age! You can also make it more or less difficult for different age groups and/or music levels.
How would you use these printable worksheets?
This post originally appeared on my old blog, Practice Your Lasagnos, on 8/8/14. See an updated version below.
Do you have students who just don't listen to you? It can be really frustrating when students are disrespectful. Younger students especially need boundaries. Behavior is very important to me, and I believe that it is very important for students to learn respect (teachers also need to show respect to students, but in a bit of a different way). I'm not saying that teachers need to be total control freaks, but if there isn't order in your lessons, it is frustrating, less productive, and potentially dangerous.
Students should certainly be encouraged to ask questions and explore music; but they should learn to do so in an appropriate way. This is helpful not only for their success in music lessons, but also in school, future employment, and social life.
Here are some suggestions for helping young students listen:
What are your experiences with student behavior? How do you handle it?
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And you can sign up to receive Fischarper updates by joining the email list.
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