Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Always Busiest Before a Vacation!

Tomorrow is the day. Wait, let me say that again. TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!!!! My husband and I are leaving for a vacation, and we are so excited about the prospect of resting and relaxing on a quiet beach all week. But why are things busiest just before a vacation? The planning, packing, and preparing to travel are only a few things that have been on our list this week. Not to mention working extra hard in both our jobs trying to help things continue running smoothly while we are gone so we don't have to worry so much about what might be happening while we are away. It's not that we won't be checking in (we both finally upgraded to smartphones this year, and unless we turn them off, we are still in touch with the world around us), we will just be checking in much less frequently and actively.



Things in my corner of the world have been exceptionally busy this week. What have I been doing lately? Here goes!

I absolutely LOVE being organized, so I created “The Ultimate Piano Teacher’s Organization Binder” – 78 downloadable and reproducible PDF pages of animal print binder covers and divider pages! If you want to be the most organized teacher on the block, this is the tool for you. Six different animal prints are included. The pages are labeled with topics every piano teacher deals with on a daily basis: Recitals, Studio Wish List, Favorite Apps, Group Classes, Lesson Plans, Music to Purchase, and many, many others, as well as pages labeled with the months of the year plus a set of pages without labels that you can customize to suit your studio needs. Click here to view a complete list of the contents. Also available in other colors. Happy organizing!

Introducing Staff Wars 4: This set contains SIX reproducible PDF note drills (Bass C to Treble C) with a Star Wars theme. This set of  note identification pages is perfect for elementary students who love Star Wars, elementary students who need a review of the notes from Low G to High G, and for students who love the challenge of speed drills. Each page is offered with a colorful background suitable for iPad, and without the colorful background. Star Wars characters decorate each page. The first three drills are warm-ups containing fewer notes on those pages. The next three drills are speed drills and contain approximately 25 notes on each page. Be sure to check out the entire Staff Wars series!

Introducing Staff Wars 3: reproducible PDF note drills (Bass C to Treble C) with a Star Wars theme. This set of four note identification pages are perfect for elementary students who love Star Wars, elementary students who need a review of the notes from Bass C to Treble C, and for students who love the challenge of speed drills. Each page is offered with a colorful background suitable for iPad, and without the colorful background. Star Wars characters decorate each page. The first two drills are warm-ups containing fewer notes on those pages. The next two drills are speed drills and contain approximately 25 notes on each page. Be sure to check out the entire Staff Wars series!

Would you like a pre-made product personalized for your students or studio? Are you looking for a specific theme? Are you looking for a specific item, but cannot find exactly what you are looking for? Purchase this listing to request a custom order, and have something made just for you! After your purchase has been verified, I will contact you to discuss the details of the custom order. 

{My husband and I enjoy the antics of this duck-loving family, and I just couldn't help myself!} If your students are fans of one of America’s favorite dynasty families, they will adore these dynasty themed giant music symbol flash cards. 42 symbols on camouflage backgrounds are included in this set, and each symbol is on a separate 8.5 x 11 page. Each page features one of your favorite cast members. For a colorful and non-dynasty themed version of these flash cards, check out the 42 Giant Music Symbol Flash Cards.
Contents: sharp, flat, natural, treble clef, bass clef, grand staff, brace, barline, double bar, treble staff, bass staff, pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo, crescendo, decrescendo, eighth notes, single eighth note, eighth rest, sixteenth notes, single sixteenth note, sixteenth rest, half note, half rest, dotted half note, whole note, whole rest, dotted quarter note, quarter note, quarter rest, triplet, accent, fermata, repeat sign, time signatures, and a piano keyboard. 

Students will love these colorful giant music symbol flash cards. 42 symbols on yellow, orange, green, multi-color chevron, multi-color stripes, and multi-color polka dots are included in this set, and each symbol is on a separate 8.5 x 11 page. Each page features Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven. For a version of these flash cards with the name of each symbol on the page, check out the Music Symbol Wall Signs!
Contents: sharp, flat, natural, treble clef, bass clef, grand staff, brace, barline, double bar, treble staff, bass staff, pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo, crescendo, decrescendo, eighth notes, single eighth note, eighth rest, sixteenth notes, single sixteenth note, sixteenth rest, half note, half rest, dotted half note, whole note, whole rest, dotted quarter note, quarter note, quarter rest, triplet, accent, fermata, repeat sign, time signatures, and a piano keyboard.

If your students loved Sharp Week, they’ll enjoy “Fall”-ing for Flats too! The autumn-themed activities lead students through the same steps they encounter in Sharp Week, using flats instead of sharps. There are four separate activity pages, and copies with colorful backgrounds are included, as well as copies with white backgrounds. Sheet 1: Find and circle all the flats. Sheet 2: Use different colors to circle all the flats on a piano keyboard. Sheet 3: Draw line and space flats on each staff. Sheet 4: Draw a flat in front of each line or space note on each staff. 
Help your students become Note Ninjas! These four downloadable and reproducible sheets lead students through several note recognition and notation activities including: locating specific notes on the staff, identifying notes on the staff to spell words, writing notes on a staff, and making up their own words on the staff by thinking of words that use only the letters of the music alphabet and then notating those notes on the staff. This set contains four separate worksheets, one copy of each page with a colored background and one without. Visit my Plucky Pianista Facebook page and click the Free Stuff tab for a sample page.

Decorate your studio or classroom with these fun musical instrument signs. 43 instruments on white and chevron backgrounds are included in this set, and each instrument is on a separate 8.5 x 11 page.
Contents: accordion, bagpipes, banjo, bass drum, bassoon, bongo, bugle, castanets, cello, Celtic harp, clarinet, conga, cymbals, djembe, double bass, drum set, electric guitar, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, hand drum, harmonica, harp, kazoo, lute, maracas, mountain dulcimer, oboe, piano, pocket trumpet, recorder, saxophone, taiko drum, tambourine, timpani, triangle, trombone, trumpet, ukulele, viola, violin, xylophone. 

Decorate your studio or classroom with these fun musical instrument signs. 43 instruments on chalkboard and chevron backgrounds are included in this set, and each instrument is on a separate 8.5 x 11 page.
Contents: accordion, bagpipes, banjo, bass drum, bassoon, bongo, bugle, castanets, cello, Celtic harp, clarinet, conga, cymbals, djembe, double bass, drum set, electric guitar, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, hand drum, harmonica, harp, kazoo, lute, maracas, mountain dulcimer, oboe, piano, pocket trumpet, recorder, saxophone, taiko drum, tambourine, timpani, triangle, trombone, trumpet, ukulele, viola, violin, xylophone. 

Decorate your studio or classroom with these colorful music symbol signs. 42 symbols on yellow, orange, green, multi-color chevron, multi-color stripes, and multi-color polka dots are included in this set, and each symbol is on a separate 8.5 x 11 page. Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven decorates each page. For a version of these signs without the words, check out the Giant Music Symbol Flash Cards!
Contents: sharp, flat, natural, treble clef, bass clef, grand staff, brace, barline, double bar, treble staff, bass staff, pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo, crescendo, decrescendo, eighth notes, single eighth note, eighth rest, sixteenth notes, single sixteenth note, sixteenth rest, half note, half rest, dotted half note, whole note, whole rest, dotted quarter note, quarter note, quarter rest, triplet, accent, fermata, repeat sign, time signatures, and a piano keyboard.

New & Improved: This downloadable PDF set of colorful and vibrant musical instrument flash cards contains 43 different musical instruments for you to print to use with your students! Each instrument is presented in two ways: once with the name of the instrument on the card, and once without the name of the instrument on the card. These cards can be used in many ways: To give students multiple ways to review musical instruments, to help students learn to spell the names of musical instruments, to help students recognize musical instruments by their pictures, to review musical instrument families by organizing the cards into correct family groups. All you need are white card stock and a printer. Print the cards and cut out. Shuffle the cards and enjoy! You may also like: Musical instrument poster set: images of each flash card on an 8.5 x 11 page.

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Have a wonderful week, and I'll be back after September 8th!





2 comments:

  1. Is it at all possible to still obtain the chevron music instruments posters? My classroom is done in all chevron and these posters would be perfect!!!

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  2. Hi Lauren, the chevron posters aren't available at the moment because they're getting a huge makeover and getting an additional 40 instruments added to them. Since you're needing them, I'll do my best to have them up in the store by early next week. If you follow my TPT store (click the "follow" button on the store's homepage), you'll receive an email letting you know when they're ready :)
    Thanks so much for giving me the little push I needed to finish up the makeover!
    Melody

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