Blog Treasure Trove!

Just tonight I came across several other music-related blogs that look wonderful! I’ve added them to my feedreader and my blogroll and look forward to keeping up with them. If you have a blog or know of any other good ones I should add to my list, be sure to let me know!

The Collaborative Piano Blog
– The piano in ensemble. The piano in real life.
From the Bench – Notes on Piano and Music
Music Practice Tips – Your daily source of practice tips and inspiration
Graham English: Blogging Musician – Tips, news and thoughts on the world of songwriting, ear training and music theory from Graham English
Musings at Musespeak – A Blog belonging to Calgary Piano & Theory Teacher, Pianist and Writer Rhona-Mae Arca and Musespeak(tm) to muse about music, from teaching piano to playing piano and from writing music to performing. Basically, all things musical.

Web Challenges – Music Websites for Students

This year my students can earn extra points by completing web challenges. (I got this idea from Wendy and her Web Rewards.) I included this list in the front of each student’s assignment book: – Click on Free Theory Drills in left sidebar. Select a drill from the list. Wait for loading to finish, then click Start Drill. (You can adjust the settings for each drill by clicking the Settings button in the upper left hand corner.) Record the following information: Name of Drill, Completed, Errors, Score, Time, Average Time – Click on the arrow beside the Trainers option. Select a trainer from the list. Wait for loading to finish, adjust the settings and begin completing the drills. Record the following information: Name of Trainer, Number Correct, Number Incorrect, Percent – Click on Exercises. Select one of the exercises from the list in the left sidebar. Select the desired options and click OK. Record the following information: Name of Exercise, Time, Percent – Click on Games and Quizzes in the left sidebar. Select one of the games or quizzes. Play the game or take the quiz. Record the following information: Name of game or quiz, Score – Click on the orange section that says Visit Our Website. Click on one of the links under Free Tools and Resources. Complete one of the on-line drills or print off and complete a worksheet. Record the following information: Name of drill, Number of points possible, Number of points correct, (bring in completed worksheet) – Click on Learning Center in the left sidebar. Click on the Just for Fun icon. Select and play one of the games listed. Record the following information: Name of Game, Words used (hangman), Time (concentration and puzzle), Bring in completed work (word search and origami) – Click on Free Games in the left sidebar. Click any of the red underlined Play links from the list of games. Play the game and record the following information: Name of Game, Score

My students have loved playing these games – coming in with as many as 100 recorded in one week! So far, Music Learning Community is the favorite. Does anyone know of any other sites that have music games for students that I can add to the list? I’d especially love to know of games geared toward young beginning students.

Music Games and Worksheets Galore!

If you have not been to D’Net’s site lately, you have got to head right over there! She has been working up a storm designing a bunch of new games and worksheets and has them all posted and available for free download on her games page! I’ve been printing like crazy (now my printer is having issues, so I’m sending the rest to our local printer to have them printed for me) and can hardly wait to use these great new teaching materials.

I’m really excited about these Finger Number Cards that are designed as a pre-reading sight-reading sort-of worksheet. I’m getting ready to start a big sight-reading challenge and have just been wondering what to use for my students that aren’t playing on the staff yet. These will be perfect!

You’ll also want to print all 30 of these wonderful Interval Cards to help reinforce intervallic reading with your students.

And definitely don’t miss these Tic-Tac-Toe Cards that you can use to help your students get really good at identifying notes on the staff. She has different variations of the cards for different ranges of notes.

What a treasure trove D’Net has made available!