After years of brainstorming, creating, editing, and revising, the second book in the Reproducible Rhythm Explorations series is finally here! Rhythm Manipulations picks up where Rhythm Menagerie left off. Rhythm Manipulations is designed to appeal to more mature students such as pre-teens and teens as it explores more advanced rhythmic concepts. Each unit showcases original contemporary art which visually represents the rhythmic […]
At our KMTA conference this year, I was asked to present a short session about all the resources that are on the ComposeCreate blog for helping students prepare for the Kansas Music Progressions, the Washington Audition Examinations, and the North Idaho exams. I thought it would be helpful to provide a similar blog post so that you can just easily see where things are […]
A few weekends ago, my students participated in the Kansas MTA musicianship exams called Music Progressions. One of my piano teacher friends and I were in the office commenting on how difficult it is for some students to remember the correct terms for the scale skills that they play. The students are usually able to play them, but if you ask them to name […]
I was visiting Anne Crosby’s Piano Discoveries site the other day and found that she had uploaded yet more exciting games! She has now divided and organized the games into categories including:
Notes, Ledger Lines, and Accidentals
Major and Minor
The “Ledger Line Speller” game was particularly helpful to me as I have some students struggling to master these notes. The new […]
Wow, I have just discovered another incredible website with fantastic new games! I remember Anne Crosby’s name from her book In My Dreams which I used with a student ever so long ago. Her compositions were delightfully fresh and appealing to my difficult-to-please student.
I have a student who has a bit of trouble tracking rhythms, often pausing between measures. I recently introduced eighth notes to him and we worked for a number of weeks on tapping these eighth note rhythm drills.
I then developed a series of 2-handed eighth note drills to help him track rhythms between the hands. These can also be used for rhythm […]
I have a few students who are learning eighth notes for the first time. I wanted to give them a series of eighth note worksheets to tap and count at home, but realized that there was only 1 posted on the website.