I created this particular sheet music to introduce playing a simple and familiar piece requested by one of my young students. It uses notes (without the staff) and quarter and half notes. It is also color coded to aid in the student in quickly seeing which note is to be played. I haven’t decided if that was a bad call on my part, but I’m interested to know what any of you think. I suppose time will tell.
If you use it for your students, please provide comments below on how it went!
Download here – Mary Had a Little Lamb
Hey everyone. It’s been awhile – things have been SUPER busy for me these last few weeks. However, I had time to create a simple version of Good King Wenceslas per a student request last night, so I thought I’d pass it along to you.
This version is meant to complete the excerpted version included in Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1.
It involves simple rhythm (quarter notes, half notes) and requires students to be able to read flats and be able to move positions.
Available in full on my site
You can find the full .pdf version on my website.
Hi everyone! Happy Friday!
Today, I’ve decided to share another one of my Czerny rewrites. This one is similar to the last one – it’s all in bass clef to help intermediate students focus on bass clef reading.
Again, let me know what your strategies are for dealing with bass clef reading. I have several students who have come to me as intermediate students but with weak reading skills. These students are particular unhappy with doing easy pieces that would better match their reading level so my solution is to give them these as quick study pieces – students spend no more than a month on them.
An incomplete picture – if you want the full piece, you’ll have to follow my link
Here’s the link to the whole piece. Czerny No. 7 for bass clef.
I have a few students that struggle with reading bass clef despite being at an intermediate level of proficiency technically. To help the boost their bass clef reading skills, I’ve rewritten this Czerny etude from the Little Pianist in only bass clef. It seems to be helping.
Here is a copy of the original etude and here is a link to my adaptation. It’s just a straightforward rewrite but is time-saving for those who are looking for something like this.
You can download the .PDF of this rewrite here.
Other strategies I’ve adopted are having these students learn only the left hand parts of various easier Bach pieces (one is working on Invention No. 13 in a minor, but it is proving a little harder than I’d like).
Do you have any pieces you like to use with intermediate students to focus on bass clef reading? I like them to be easy for them to learn and play (taking no more than a few lessons to master) because the goal is to have them reading often (doing more pieces) rather than getting bogged down in trying to learn something difficult. Any suggestions? For now, I’ll probably stick with rewriting Czerny.
New free sheet music!. It’s available for download on my website here. Hopefully, I’ll have time to do an instructional video to accompany it soon too.
Here’s my second stab at drafting music using nothing but MS Word and the Musiqwik font. No too bad really.
This is great for students who need to read notes in the higher register and who haven’t learned complicated rhythms yet. However, it also uses tied notes, so you’ll have to introduce that concept to use it.
With the movie in theaters again these days, I figure this song will be great for those who’d like to remember the 90s and for those who are just discovering them. I enjoyed writing it – I barely had to google any of the lyrics it is so engrained in my memories. Enjoy!
Find it on my website here.