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Along with printable piano music, free vocal music, and free guitar tabs, this site offers scales and other music education resources.
Look for singing warmups (vocalises), and piano and guitar chord theory and technique sheets.
These pages have been student-tested; I use all these pages myself in my teaching.
All the major keys, with one and two-octave scales, arpeggios, chord inversions, & primary chords
These pages are organized just like the major keys, above, but are minor.
Like the regular scales page for the key of C, but with lettered notes for beginners
Not a long list, this page discusses the method books and supplementary music that I keep coming back to, and even rely on
With dashed lines to help you cut the cards out; treble and bass clef cards
Perfect for game-time for your younger musicians!
You will have to cut each page in half after printing...
A guest post on how best to use Hanon piano exercises, and some cautions to beware of.
Sounding like real music, this chord pattern is FUN and teaches kids the relationships spatially and aurally of "the three main chords".
These pages of actual music with names in the note heads will be very encouraging to your beginning players, and increase their repertoire!
These pages are large grand staffs and single staffs with note-heads placed on them for reference, or for guessing!
A page of little circles, white and black, that give a visual representation of how the chords LOOK.
All white notes? A "snowman" chord. Black note in the middle? A "hamburger" chord, with white buns and a burger in the middle.
Then we have Oreo cookies, or ice cream sandwiches...
Several different keyboards to print and keep for your brand-new students., and to write all over!
The letters inside the note heads of these scales make understanding so much easier. These scales help little beginners shape their hands correctly.
Ideas for when your students don't seem to understand
Tips for teaching a challenging child, especially a young one.
It's OKAY sometimes to show kids how to play a song bit by bit, without reading a piece of music - it can even be an EXCITING BREAK from routine!
Lots of different kinds of staffs for writing on, including some GIANT-SIZED ones for little hands
Yes, currently! This changes from time to time...
Dear me, I must say that at the most recent recital, we had THREE renditions of this piece, all played by boys (and spaced as far apart as I could manage).
The audience had just about learned the song themselves by the time the recital was over!
Some of Aloys Schmitt's exercises - see some creative ways to use these finger exercises. These are great for finger technique and transposing!
These are all in treble clef.
The flashcards go all the way down to open string 6, a ledger line note.
Small chords, just 3 or 4 strings.
Perfect for small hands.
This page may be all the chords you need for several months.
VERY LARGE, just 2 chords shown per page.
These really help beginners grasp fret-boards.
Make your own with Excel - tips from an alert reader
Lots of charts showing the chords that "go together"!
Print out the keys from A major to G major.
These are what you need if you want to make custom chords for your students - or maybe test their understanding by having them draw chords in!
These two charts show guitar tablature below the corresponding treble clef staff notes.
One chart is just "white keys"; the other chart shows the sharps & flats as well.
Lots of different size tablature papers for your own melodies or exercises.
You and your students will find some that you can use!
Tips for a challenging child
Using the resonance found in puppy dog whimpers, a cat's meow, a mosquito's whine, and the very different feelings and sounds of a gorilla hoot and a panting dog, these warmups are highly useful for beginning singers.
Easy warm-ups that move mostly by small steps.
Gentle for the morning.
Help your students learn how to pass through the "danger zone" where abrupt sounds disrupt the smoothness of a vocal line.
Get that sound up in "the mask"!
Using intervals of thirds and fourths, and harmony, help students memorize the sounds of moving up and down by half steps.
Getting started; a lesson sheet to give you ideas if you are new to teaching voice.
A question-and-answer page, with a list of specific techniques
What do you DO with little ones who want to sing, but can't read notes or even their own language yet?
Feed children's longings for Truth & Beauty
In my experience, these books & music sheets reliably pull students along, offering satisfying and even beautiful music.
Students with one hand may need music written just for them
Assist needy students through this fund
Different ways to approach reading notes, when your students are stuck
Tips for a challenging child
It's OKAY sometimes to show kids how to play a song bit by bit, without reading a piece of music. Help them look for patterns.
Many sizes and kinds of staff paper.
Big and little; with clef symbols and without.
Thanks, Dana, for your excellent customer service.
Thank you! THANK YOU!!! For keeping the beautiful art of Opera alive! I stumbled upon this site and I'm so happy I did!
Kim in Washington:
My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much.
That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me! Thanks for writing, Kim!
THIS SITE IS AMAZING!!
I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years now, and I've only just found your website! (I could really have used it 5 years ago) :-)
I teach at primary schools every week day for about 4 hours, so the beginner tabs you have are ideal. Thank you so much for your hard work getting these on the web, you have made many children very happy!!
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