Do you teach a musical instrument? Try this inexpensive and easy-to-make magnetic learning resource to teach note names and positions to your pupils!
Like all the best ideas, this one is pinched from someone else. My friend Sandie (herself a piano teacher) showed me a similar magnetic board she bought some years ago with movable note heads. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one anywhere – so I decided to make one. It’s quick and easy, and all the materials are really inexpensive. Give it a try! Continue reading
For those who want it, here’s the sheet music to go with the teaching video of the “Superman” theme:
Sheet music – “Superman theme”
I’ve included all the finger numbers from the video and the note names for those who prefer these.
The original video is here.
Can you play this yet? Let me know in the comments below…
Don’t have a piano? Want to try something out anyway? Check out this Flash implementation of a piano keyboard. You can play it either with your keyboard keys or your mouse – great fun!
Remember to turn up your speakers…
Yes, I know this is just a bit of fun – you’ll need a proper piano or keyboard to really learn to play. But you can certainly start to learn your notes on this, as well as just mess around for a bit! Experimentation often helps with piano learning, too.
What other piano resources would you like me to find or create for you?
In case you haven’t found it yet, here’s a great website for downloading and printing free sheet music for piano: MakingMusicFun. I visit it from time to time to supplement the teaching books I use, particularly when a pupil needs more practice at the current level before progressing to the next page or section.
They have a good selection of scores from beginner to intermediate. Although the music is organised into levels, there is no actual piece-by-piece progression so I wouldn’t recommend using it in place of a progressive course. If you want to learn to play the piano and make steady progress in a clear and logical manner, I would recommend something like the Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course. But the Making Music Fun website is a very useful additional resource.
Take a look – what do you think?