Ever wonder how to keep child engaged for the entire lesson?
How to give choices and ownership?
Piano Puzzle Card can do all that and more.
Last blog, I explored how to use Piano puzzle as a visual lesson plan tool. It is great for older students who understand the concept of completing a task and earning the matching puzzle. As for young students, because they lack the concept of time and tend to just want to finish the puzzle “right now” and make the piano looks pretty. Asking preschoolers to wait until completing seven or more tasks before they can finally see the finished puzzle can be really challenging. So….the solution is …… Piano Puzzle Card.
Piano Puzzle Card is a friendly version of the piano puzzle for preschoolers. Each card corresponds to the lesson activities in the puzzle.
What lesson activity does the puzzle card represent?
ABC: Music Theory
5-line Staff: Sightreading or Tonal pattern
Heart: Favorite piece(s) or Improvisation
Star: New piece(s)
Rhythm cards: Rhythm pattern
?: Surprise (My students’ favorites!)
MM: Music Making (Making your own music, Improvisation, Composition)
How I Use it:
Show all the Piano Cards on Pocket Chart. I got mine from Lakeshore Learning. Since it is nearly impossible to cover all the cards in one lesson, I place the extra cards at the bottom of the chart for future lessons.
Student completes the task and earns Stars, Apples, or Music Notes to place on the card. My students love to count how many apples they get at the end of the lesson.
Piano Puzzle Card helps with Home Practice. I like to use the card image in student’s Home Assignment Sheet.
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Simultaneous learning theory & Piano Puzzle Cards
Can students earn multiple cards simultaneously? Absolutely. When introducing a new song, we may also chant the rhythm, work on technique, sing solfege or sightread patterns. In the process of learning the new song, students earn multiple cards (the new song card, the sightreading card, the rhythm card, the technique card).
For intermediate to advanced students, the puzzle can be used as a visual tool to show Paul Harris’s famous simultaneous learning theory.
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