Monday, March 13, 2017

5 Free Activities and Games for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a huge celebration of Irish culture here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a brief travel article, Chloe Pantazi wrote, 
With 13.5% of the population identifying as Irish, bars everywhere, and a parade that dates back to 1869, the Steel City is as close to Dublin anyone's gonna get in the US.
I kept this in mind as I searched for some activities/games to use with my younger students in my studio this week. After we've completed theory assignments, learning and reviewing pieces, and technical exercises in the lesson, only a few minutes are left for a game. 

Every teacher has their own philosophy on the use of games during a piano lesson. I personally believe that young children learn best through play and that finishing each lesson with a lighthearted and fun activity makes all the difference in how they feel about their piano lessons each week. 

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Have your students complete this at home, perhaps using their assigned scale to establish a key, and be prepared to play it for you at their next lesson.

https://sarasmusicstudio.com

Do your students need to review keyboard topography, scales, intervals, and chord progressions? You're in luck! This game is an excellent, hands-on resource to help you review important concepts with your students this week and end the lesson in a positive way.

http://www.greensidemusic.co.uk



This coloring page subtlety encourages your students to practice their note reading skills. Hand this out to siblings to work on while they wait for their lesson!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Music-Math-FREE-download-2425636



This music math page ties in nicely with Piano Pronto method books. Use it this week in lieu of or in conjunction with your students' regular theory assignments.

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Improvising is the ultimate way to help students feel a steady beat, expand their imagination and individual style, and utilize the concepts that they have learned over time. A Foot-Tappin’ St. Patrick’s Day Improv Activity For Your Piano Students makes it easy to improvise with your students!


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