Friday, July 20, 2012

"Shiver Me Technique!" and "Technique is Sweet!" Pirate-Themed and Cupcake-Themed Technique Packs

Getting ready for lessons to begin in August has been so much fun this week! I have been thinking about what to do regarding a bulletin board/visible incentive of some kind for my beginners, and decided that this year, technique is the way to go! These two printables, "Shiver Me Technique!" and "Technique is Sweet!" include some elementary technical demands that beginning students need to conquer. The idea for this project came from Wendy Chan's RCM Grades 1 and 2 Technique sheets at Piano Escapades, so thanks to Wendy for the inspiration!

**Updated 6/17/13 to include 16 pages per set! Click here to purchase.

  • To give young beginners a visual aid of the technical requirements they will be studying during the coming months
  • To give students a visual means of keeping track of their technical progress
  • To create a bit of healthy competition among the students in my studio :)
  • Beginners
  • Elementary students because the images and themes used on the pages are for younger kids
  • These printable sheets
  • White card stock
  • Crayons or markers
  • A place where you can display the sheets

  • Print the cover page to use as the heading or focus of your wall or bulletin board.
  • Print enough Part 1 pages of each set onto card stock to accommodate the number of beginners in your studio
  • Have students write their names in the appropriate place on each page. Girls' sheets will say something like "Ally's Technique is Sweet!" Boys' sheets might say "Shiver Me Technique, Caleb!"
  • Hang the Part 1 pages on your wall or bulletin board.
  • As students learn the various 5-note scales, arpeggios, and broken and block chords, they are allowed to color the picture that corresponds to the letter name of the key they learned. For example, if a student learned a RH C 5-note scale, the girls would color in the piece of candy below the C, and the boys would color in the anchor below the C. Musicality is implied, of course! :)
  • When everything on one page is colored in, indicating the student has learned all technical demands listed on that page, then Part 2 should be printed. 
  • After the student completes a page, they could be celebrated by being named "Student of the Week," or have their photo added to your website or Wall of Fame, etc. 
  • The pages of these technique sheets do not correspond to any particular series, exam, or other test, so they could be used by anyone. Each page contains few enough items that students should complete them fairly quickly once they begin learning 5-note scales. 
  • By the time students complete all 4 levels, I hope to have more levels to share!
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  1. Melody, these are fantastic! I love how kid-friendly these are, and that there's both a girl and boy version. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Thanks, Jen! Putting them together was SO much fun :) Hope you and your little ones can enjoy using them!

  3. These look great, Melody, but I'm having a difficult time finding the pages to print for each student. Are they in your Printables section?

  4. Thanks, Beth! If you'll click the "Click Here to Download... " link within the post just above the cupcake and pirate pages, it will take you to Google Docs and you can print them from there. Likewise, on the Printables page, scroll down and click the title above the picture of the cupcake or pirate, you will be directed to Google Docs, and you can print them from there.

  5. Your Shiver Me Technique couldn't have come at a better time! I'm doing a pirate theme this year and these are perfect. Thanks so much!

  6. You're so welcome, Jennifer! I'm glad you'll be able to use them this year!