Chords on the piano are the foundation for playing playing often requires you to to play several chords to create a rhythm pattern.
Pattern Piano and Keyboard claims to teach anyone to play the piano by ear using “rhythmic patterns”.
Pattern Piano and Keyboard claims to teach anyone to play the piano by ear using “rhythmic patterns”. Sight reading is the act of reading and playing a piece of music before having ever seen it: on sight. Good news, scroll down to the bottom to learn about some GIVEAWAYS you won’t want to miss. Over a hundred years ago musical pioneers created a phenomenally popular musical style – jazz!  And the toes of children and adults have been tapping to its rhythms ever since! The idea was that within a certain musical structure, and for a certain amount of time, there was a place in the music where players could be creative and show their thoughts, ideas, harmonies and so on. Judging by the number of children entering the classical exams each year, it’s clear that children can be interested in whatever kind of music their teachers recommend. Of course, classically trained teachers do have the advantage that they can tell pupils how to play each piece appropriately for the chosen composition style to make sure no marks are lost, and this works well for how current exams are structured, but what about the one, very important element of jazz which is different from the elements of classical music – improvisation? Improvisation is believed to be a spontaneous moment of sudden inventiveness and, in reality, it has been around for as long as music exists. Not wanting my pupils to miss out on such an important musical experience I felt that as a modern classically trained teacher, I should be able to cross boundaries to provide a balanced education to my pupils.
If you’re a classically trained teacher and you find yourself confused as to whether to introduce improvisation to your pupils or not, you could find the following improvisation exercises very useful as a start. Remembering that every crotchet consists of two quavers and we are getting ready to ‘swing’ them, tap rhythms on your thighs and count aloud one and, two and, three and, four and.  Get your pupil to start slowly and repeat exercises with different rhythms in the right hand while the left hand always taps crotchets until they are ready to move on to playing.
The blues scale is very special and if you play the notes from it you create a ‘blues sound’. Transpose the exercises into any key and let your pupils use them for different pieces or just for enjoyable practice.
Get your pupil to start practicing by playing the entire solo, repeating one bar from the notation exercise in the right hand. Certainly, jazz improvisation can be a little tricky initially and not everything will come easily. Thank you Elena for sharing your approach to teaching jazz here at 88pianokeys.me and in your books. Your students are lucky to have you, Elena! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign up to receive free eBookYou will receive an email confirming your subscription, before you are redirected to the download page.
Designed for those who seek to integrate the iPad and powerful apps into daily lesson instruction. Devoted to developing lifetime musicians at the bench with dynamic, customized, tech savvy, creative-based instruction. December 1, 2015 : By AndreaIn a post last week we discussed the benefits of a hosting piano studio holiday party.
Depending on your studio, a multi-age piano party is most likely a necessity… and therefore multi-age piano games are a necessity as well. But of course, the problem teachers face is how to make the activities work for all ages and all levels of piano students. Previously we’ve shared Keyboard Krazies and Keyzie Relay and now you can add Rhythm Telephone to your group piano party repertoire. When it comes to set-up, this game is about as easy as it gets (did you just sigh with relief?!). Instruct your piano students to sit in a row, one behind the other, with their eyes closed. To begin, show a two-measure rhythm to the oldest piano student (who is allowed to open her eyes) at the back of the line.


Next, instruct the oldest student who was shown the rhythm to tap this rhythm onto the back of the student sitting in front of her. The chain of tapping continues until it reaches the final student, who then leaps up and writes the rhythm on a white board or poster paper. When you’ve completed the group game portion of your piano party, consider adding a piano board game portion where your students split into smaller groups. The game also made me realize that I’m teaching rhythm inconsistently to my younger-than-7 students, and as a result they are confused. I had a mentor who insisted on clapping the names of each note so that students learn the terminology.
I just played this game with a family of 4 kids and their mom (all at different musical levels) They loved the game especially when we finally had a longer rhythm not make it correctly to the end. March 17, 2013 : By AndreaWe love using piano teaching games to reinforce theory concepts… and we have created a new printable game for you this week that has been a real favourite with my students!
Take turns rolling the die. Match the number on the die with the number in the upper left corner of each square on the game board and clap the rhythm within that box while counting out loud.
I wonder if you can add to the description of your games how many players they are suited for. Teaching the difference between the rhythm and the beat to kids through familiar songs and nursery rhymes is a good way to start.
Hickory Dickory Dock is a good one to begin with because the beat is the steady tick tock of the clock which you feel throughout. You can follow this same pattern for both Incy Wincy Spider and Pitter Patter Pitter Patter. We would love you to come and share your ideas for teaching preschoolers the difference between the rhythm and the beat with our readers over on our Facebook page! If you enjoyed this post, come and join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Google + or subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletter for many more musical ideas! Music theory can sometimes have a reputation for being a bit boring and difficult, but this can avoided by teaching it through games and activities that little ones enjoy.
You can use the printable below to hold up and show how each note corresponds to an action. The children can take it in turns to have a go on the tambourine, and you can call out the notes by name (Mummy Minim etc) and see if they can make the correct beat to match the notes.
Teach rhythm patterns Each rhythm pattern is a group of notes that should be seen and learned as a unit. Piano Lessons Online announces release of new iPod Video Compatible Piano Lessons podcast available on iTunes. But, however malleable the pupils might be, teachers tend to believe that you need to be a specialist to teach jazz. So I wrote and published ‘Higgledy Piggledy Jazz’ for young pianists, which, unlike normal jazzy piano books (which don’t have improvisation sections), includes elements for young pianists who have plenty of enthusiasm for improvisation.
There are both rhythm and notation exercises and you could practice them with your pupils from memory or by looking at the sheets associated in this magazine with this article.  Hopefully, you’ll find the exercises logical and easy to remember – and it will be fun for both you and your pupils.
It would be most suitable for a pupil already working on Grade 1 (and above) classical piano. I enjoy writing about this obsession—oops, I mean profession—focusing on my favorite key topics: the iPad, teaching tips, creativity and at least 88 others. Today we wanted to share three simple and fun, multi-age piano games that will make wonderful additions to your party. If you’re already a member of PianoGameClub, simply set up several games at several tables and let your students rotate through the different stations. Most teachers don’t have huge groupings of same-age children – so we though this was a good solution! I am new to teaching piano and was having difficulty being fun but not lame for my piano student. You can print off these free printables which make a fun clapping or rhythm game for Incy Wincy Spider, Hickory Dickory Dock and Pitter Patter Pitter Patter.


I would like to thank you for your resource as this has helped alot to provide our kids a full understanding of the differences from Beat and Rhythm. I teach K-5 music and the only comment or concern I have with these printables is that the beats are not evenly spaced. Children will happily accept basic theory concepts by playing games which combine the lesson with having some fun! We have both an American version (with whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes) and a European version (Semibreves, Minims, Crotchets and Quavers).
I understand the general stuff to do with music ,however i find it all quite tricky and remember the note names and how many beats is possibly the trickiest. They think that children who are eager to focus on it, need to learn sophisticated bass lines and intentional dissonances under the watchful eye of an expert and it isn’t considered to be something that an untutored teacher can offer – disappointing news for the average child. But, somehow, it didn’t make it into the books we use today and it seems that only jazz musicians carry on the tradition. Make sure your pupils memorize this color usage and when they’re playing, make sure they count the bars (as below).
From bar 15 you’ll notice that your pupil has the chance to play what they’d like with their right hands – they can play it as it is or they can use that space to improvise and make it into a solo. The first two games are from previous Teach Piano Today posts and the third is a game being shared for the first time. Younger piano students benefit by learning from older students and more advanced students enjoy the opportunity to mentor little ones. If you’re not a member of PianoGameClub, learn more here about how you can receive four incredible piano games each and every month. That is why I decided to split up my students by age and level for our Christmas group lessons. If you want to practice finding both the rhythm and the beat of a song or rhyme one person should sing or say the words while clapping along to match the sound, and another should beat or tap a tambourine to make the sound of the steady beat at the same time. In a similar way, in Pitter Patter, the rain drops represent the beat and the stars the rhythm.
I have found it is very important to have each beat be equally spaced to help them understand the concept that each beat gets the same amount of time. They love characters and giving things identities, so when teaching the note values (how many beats they are worth) I always introduce them as a family.
Tell them to remember that they are improvising and what they thought was a mistake could well be a real gem of a find! For my Spring group lessons though I will be doing a mega group lesson— printing this out right now and saving it for then! The rhythm is the actual sound of the notes, which in a song would be the same as the words.
Once you’ve got the hang of it you can swap and make sure take turns to practice both.
Having said that, I would definitely agree that if you were doing this activity with children of reading age that would be important – tricky when the words are of different lengths, but I will look in to it, thank you very much for your comment, and good luck with your class! Once they have rubbed the magic on their feet, they are really in the mood to stamp around like Daddy Semibreve, or march like Big Brother Crotchet. And finally, like a pro, get them to create a fantastic ending by adding pedal to the last chord and playing it on tremolo. When they have got the hang of each different note and the sound and action it makes, you can experiment with making them guess which one you are playing and trying to catch them out! Online Piano Lessons Demonstration Section 1: This is the beginning page for the online demonstration of Rhythmic Patterns. Piano lesson 8 covers c major scale, rhythmic patterns, new notes, tetrachord, and a melody for piano practice topics.



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