For the first part of term we are all going to brush up on note recognition. Good reading skills are so important and help to develop independent, confident learners. What could be better than being able to pick up a piece of music you'd love to learn and feeling confident enough to play it? With this is mind, I've been busy creating a rather colourful magnetic note board and printing different resources for pupils to use at home. The board will allow us to work on quick note recognition as well as shape reading.
As well as using the board in the lesson pupils will also be practising at home. Each week they will have a note strip strategically pegged to the front of their notebook or folder! They will need to read and play all of the notes in their practice time and then play them to me in the lesson. A good knowledge of where these notes are on the piano keyboard is just as important as knowing their names.
For extra practice, there are also plenty of apps to encourage quick note recognition - here are a couple of my favourites, but let me know if you find any good ones!
note squish (itunes)
flash note derby (itunes)
flash note derby (android)
rainbow music notes (itunes)
Alison is a classical pianist, teacher, and composer running a thriving piano studio in Surrey, South East of England.