Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Kodaly!

Kodaly was a passionate man, apart from his Great Compositions, he was also very interested in the problems of music education, he laid down a set of principles for music education, evolving into the "Kodaly Method"!
Being passionate about birthdays as well as music :) I teamed up with my tribe (how cool is having a tribe?! ;)) and made this freebie to celebrate Kodaly's Birthday!

 Happy Birthday Kodaly!

Click on the Picture to download the full worksheets from my TPT store!

 I was more passionate about his birthday because it is so close to mine! So Happy Birthday to both Kodaly and I!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

10 interesting facts about the piano

1- The Piano was invented in 1698 by an Italian called Bartolomeo Cristofori.

The piano as built by Cristofori boasted almost all of the features of the modern instrument. It differed in being of very light construction, lacking a metal frame; this meant that it could not produce an especially loud tone. This continued to be the rule for pianos until around 1820, when iron bracing was first introduced.

2- Three of the original Pianos built by Cristofori survive till this day.

- A 1720 instrument is located in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. 
- A 1722 instrument is in the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali in Rome.
- A 1726 instrument is in the Musikinstrumenten-Museum of Leipzig University.

3- The name "piano" is an abbreviation of Cristofori's original name for the instrument: "piano et forte" meaning soft and loud

4- There are over 12,000 parts in a piano, 10,000 which are moving

5- the piano is known as "The King of Instruments"

The piano earned this title for a number of reasons including it's tonal range ( the piano covers the full spectrum of any instrument in the orchestra from below the lowest note of the double bassoon to above the top note of the piccolo), it's ability to produce melody and accompaniment at the same time, and it's broad dynamic range. It is also the largest musical instrument (excluding the pipe organ), most versatile and one of the most interesting.

6- A grand piano action is faster than a vertical (spinet, console, upright) because it has a repetition lever.

This allows the pianist to repeat the note when the key is only half way up. A vertical action requires letting the key all the way up to reset the hammer action.

7-The term "Tickle the Ivorys" refers to playing the ivory keys of the piano

Older piano keys were made from the Ivory from elephant tusks, however, ivory has not been used to make piano keys since about the 1950's (they are plastic now).


8- The worlds largest piano is a Challen Concert Grand.


This piano is 11 feet long, has a total string tension of over 30 tons and weighs more than a ton!

 In 2002, this monster stringed instrument was said to be located at a French estate.

9- The exact middle of the keyboard is not middle C, it is actually the space between E and F above "middle" C.

10- The final fact about pianos is that, even though it's a stringed instrument, it's placed in the Percussion section in a symphony orchestra.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tchaikovsky's Birthday!

Today marks one of my very favorite composers birthday! 
Tchaikovsky would have turned 175 years... He composed some of the most beautiful ballets, but he lived a tormented life. 
He was sent to boarding school at a young age, and he missed his mother so dearly, and her untimely death affected him through the rest of his life! 
He had to hide a secret all his life, he got married to please his family, and to please his society but he could not live in that lie, and separated from his wife after 6 weeks (yes weeks!) but never got a real divorce! 
He had a patron that he confined in and sent letters to regularly, but he never met her as that was her wish! 
He lived in that conflict all his life.. yet left us with the most beautiful pieces ever composed!

The very first duet I learned to play on the piano accompanying my sister was Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Ballet! ( I still remember all the notes and sing the in my head whenever I hear it!) 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Making May Musical!

May have started off really well this year... and now with the help of TPT all of us teachers are getting the appreciation we deserve! They have announced this huge sale on May 5-6 ....

So what better time than this to take part in this virtual :) party with you guys!

I just finished uploading the HUGEST document on TPT!

I couldn't have done it without the help of a 9 year old and a 13 year old ;) 

Basically it is not a new idea... It is an End of Year Award Certificate..
 Last time instead of award certificates, I gave out medals from crownawards.com (You're Welcome Crown Awards... now all of my 4 followers will read about your website) but that was in Dubai... where 11 year olds get invited to birthday parties in Atlantis the Palm and receive iPads as party favors... 

I tried to make the document as user friendly as possible, all you need to do is:

1- click on the category you want
2- choose the clipart that resembles your student the most. 
3- you find yourself in the award page.. 

Now you can follow the instructions in this video I made with the help of my 9 year old :) 

Each certificate has a unique poem written by my (oh so cool) 13 year old daughter.. (and double checked by me 
no need to worry ;))She talks to me in poems... I took away their electronics the other day and she stood there and complained by writing this (in almost 20 seconds) 

You're beautiful.. You're pretty..
You're funny... You're witty 
Your eyebrows are on fleek 
you do them every week

you're amazing when you want to 
and you do what you want to do 
you're only a bore when you raise your tone,
so, is that good enough to get back our iPad and phone?! 

well don't worry I didn't fall for the poem, and they didn't get their electronics back at least for that day.. (besides the only good thing about me is my eyebrows! )

I have been thinking lately of the multi national students I've had through the years.. students from: South Africa, Turkey, India, US, UK, Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore, China, Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia...and even a country I heared of for the very first time when my student said she is from Moldova (I thought she is from the Maldives hehe) 

 All those countries and I never had a great idea like Cori Bloom did... 

I was browsing through her store and found this amazing product   

A world of music and starter kit.. 

 Private piano teachers can choose a day to celebrate as international day... Each student can choose a piece from their country to perform for the rest of the group... and you can further listen to music from around the world and fill the passports while doing so... 
Such a terrific idea for getting students to learn how music is truly a language that connects everyone around the world!

Now while browsing the TPT store something else has caught my eye...

I am a big fan of educlips, Her clip art is overloaded with cuteness... and I love fun fairs and cotton candy ... everything in this set makes me want to go try every ride and eat every snack till I am so sick and I have to go home and eat pickles... 
Oh how I miss the olden days ;)

I hope you can see the rest of the posts in this linky party...  I haven't partied for a long time I had so much fun today! teehee  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Currently May 2015

I have been looking forward to doing this currently again! I celebrate my month of blogging, and currently is the only post i got comments on :) 

so here it goes....

so it was my daughter's birthday yesterday 1st of May.. and she turned one.. I wanted to make her a (you are my sunshine birthday) that's why I listened to this song so much!

Did you guys know how hard it is to find a good cheap yellow dress?! so I ended up making her this birthday instead :) 

I got this idea from pinterest, and taking pictures is not as easy as it looks! She was moving around so excited swimming among those balloons, pulling that flower off her head.. but I managed to take this one  

Last month I wanted to get those wall decals (golden polka dot ones) I ended up cutting circles our of wrapping paper and sticking them on the wall with double sided tape.. 

My three year old daughter was happy to assist opening the gifts ;) 

the year passed by too quickly... kids get cuter... mothers get older.. I need to freeze time somehow! any tips? DIYs? other than becoming a vampire?!

so this summer is my brother's wedding... and as someone born and raised in the middle east, castles are a big deal to me! sure we have ruins of Old Roman Empires but this is different a castle of a king or queen ,,, Yay! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Note Value falp-book

This Note Value Tree was my best friend during music exams, as it was the key to solving all the rhythm and note value related questions.... 

I made this flap-book to replace that tree ( or at least to do what it does in terms of teaching students the values of notes) 

This is the cute cover, you also have the ink friendly version and your students will just color it in.

This is a peak to the inside of the flap-book, you can print it out on colored paper.

As mentioned on the description there are 4 versions where you can either print out the one that has already all the notes and their values on. Or you can just choose what you want your students to fill in. 

I hope your students will enjoy flip flapping through their books! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Itsy Bitsy Spider Music Book (Incy Wincy Spider)

Nursery Rhymes are lyrics to songs that have survived the test of time! Some reflect events in history (that might be a bit creepy)... Nevertheless Nursery Rhymes are very appealing to children and they love to sing them and play them on the piano.

In this document you will find:

Sheet music for 
The recorder 
Five finger position arrangement for the piano 
Very easy arrangement for 2 hands piano with chords in the left hand

2 Mini books with the above arrangements
One for the recorder 
One for the Piano 

2 Theory of music worksheet 

Hope your students will enjoy playing the pieces and solving the worksheets! 

Happy teaching and playing everyone! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2 Worksheets that turn into a mother's day card!

Mother's day is a great time for kids to get crafty! They spend hours at school, preparing hand made cards for their mothers, who may or may not actually prefer to get real gifts for a change :p

This mother's day card is for all the music teachers who want to take part in the celebrations! It can be found in my TPT store.

You only need to print out two papers: 

#1 is color by Rest Value's worksheet 
#2 is Mystery Picture worksheet (to be colored by note values)

With a glue stick you will stick both sheets and fold them in half to make a card... and your students will write their names under the special musical message for their moms. 

Hope  kids will enjoy making them and  mothers will appreciate them :) 
Happy playing and teaching everyone! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

MineCraft themed music worksheets

My son (like every other 9 year old boy) is a big fan of games! He wanted to be a Pizza maker when he grows up, but recently he has turned to a more professional career and wants to be a Game maker :)
He is the one who originally gave me the idea of making MineCraft worksheets and sat with me telling me all about the creeper and enderman and the sheep and how you tame wild animals... etc

If anyone of you has students into MineCraft you can try out this Freebie I made a while back...
Here is my son, solving a minecraft theme worksheet, he wasn't too happy because he had to leave his Roblox game and pose for the pictures :D

Here you will find the full version if you are interested in it, it has 35 worksheets. 

 This one is a mine craft mystery picture pack, it is so much fun especially because the students don't know what they will get when they color it in!

Happy playing everyone! Please leave a comment if you download the Freebie... 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Learning musical note (the fun way)

I first started to learn musical notes as part of a choir in school, where we had to sight sing the notes... that was years before I started to take piano lessons. Thus when the time came to learn the piano, it was very easy to just start playing.  

I made these worksheets for the very young beginners to learn the notes. You can check out this Freebie to see how the actual worksheets are. 

 Treble Clef Notes- Play, Spot and Wear Freebie

What the students will learn is the following:  

1- Play it three times: As you introduce the note C, you teach your students where it is written and where it is on the piano or recorder. each time they play it the color in a smiley! 

2- Write it: Students learn on which line or space this note should be. 

3- Circle it:  Students are asked to circle the note they are learning, so they can differentiate it among other notes. 

4- Paste it: To teach fine motor skills, they can cut the treble clef and the note and paste them in the correct place. 

5- Spot it: Your students will learn to recognize where the note is on the piano or recorder and they have to mark the spot with a circle or a dot or a small sticker (whatever works for you) 

6- Wear it: I just love the idea of the sight word watches so I thought it would be wonderful to make it for the piano, and my students love using them!

This is my daughter Malika wearing her watch :)  

If you like this freebie, you can buy the full packs here