With a creative mindset, The Dollar Tree can be a piano teacher’s greatest resource! Here is my latest find and how you can use it to make your piano teaching life easier – and more fun!
With 5 minutes and a sharpie, you can transform this simple wooden puzzle into a visual tool for:
1. Teaching Whole Note, Half Note and Quarter Note recognition and their matching rests.
2. Help students understand the concept of REST in music by asking – What side of the house is quite?
3. Help students understand the concept of Symbols representing sound in music by asking – What side of the house do you think is noisy?
4. Reinforce the concepts above by sending an unopened puzzle home with your student (You can afford it – remember it only costs $1). Have your student draw the symbols on the puzzle and take a picture of it at home to show you their creation at the next lesson.
Bonus: Use the back of the puzzle to write steps 1-4 down (with a sharpie) to help you remember for the next time you use this!
Here is what your final creation will look like –
I found a few other cool things at my last trip to The Dollar Tree which I’ll be sharing in my next post! In the meantime, what everyday things have you transformed into piano teaching tools? Share in a comment below to help other teachers make piano lessons fun!