Category Archives: Free Printables

Free winter scale game

Did you miss the caterpillar scale freebie?  Though you can’t use this game all year, this is a great winter game to teach or review scales. Student’s draw cards to fill in the key name and scale they are making (or you can assign the scale they are to create). Players then take turns drawing cards until they have completed their scale. The first player to have all cards wins.

You can download the game here.

Penguin scale board


Theory Games for the Christmas Season Part 1

I enjoy adding Christmas games into my lesson plans for December. Each week until Christmas I will pass along a Christmas themed game.

This first game works on middle C bass clef notes. This game is easily accessible for your elementary students.

You can download the free game here.

To play mitten match up print and cut out the resources. Place the cut out mittens in a pile. Players take turns drawing mittens and matching them to the correct mitten on their board. The player to match all their mittens first wins. 

mitten match up bass cleff f-c

Search and Find for Preschool Piano Students

Simple and fun Preschool Piano GameRecently I started teaching a preschool boy. In the past I have always had a small handful of preschool piano students. When I first started teaching children ages 4-5 there were very few resources for teaching preschoolersso I always had to start from scratch. Since then I have found a few resources to use as guides.  Andrea and Trevor Dow over at Teach Piano Today have created WunderKeys, an excellent resource for preschoolers which I am currently usuing. I am enjoying using this program  and as always I enjoy adding to excellent resources with my own games.  This week I created a search and find for my preschooler. The game way huge hit, and since we played it before the lesson it helped get the after school jitters out.  I printed cards with treble clef, bass, clef, quarter notes, whole notes, and half notes. I then hid them around the room. I then instructed him to find 3 quarter notes etc until all the notes/symbols were found. (I do not call the notes by their proper names with this age. Instead I use One, Too-oo and No no won’t go. More on this later)


Download the search and find cards here.

8 tips for Scheduling Piano Lessons This Fall

8 Tips for Scheduling Piano Lessons This FallAt the beginning of every fall semester there is always a week or two full of the hassles and worries of scheduling students.  Somehow things always seem to workout in the end and everyone finds a time that works, but until that point most private teachers find that stress is running high.

Here are some tips they may not eliminate all stress but help reduce some of the pressure.

1. Although there are always those last minute changes I try to make a mock schedule in July.  This helps me not over fill my studio. Though I will still take one or two students if I appear full I do not guarantee a weekday time, thus these families are aware they may need to come on Saturday once school starts.

2. Offer your parents Saturday for lessons. You may be surprise who is willing or even eager to come on Saturday. For best results be willing to teach Saturday morning.

3. Families who have taken from me for a while usually know I will reserve the same general time for them. Make it easy for yourself and put these students in your schedule first.

4. Schedule families with siblings taking first. Try to make it easy on parents. They are busy enough as it is. Try to keep their trips to your studio to one a week if possible. They will greatly appreciate this.

4. Usually I do younger students first and older students later. So much better for the little ones. Also try to put longer lessons later in the day. If you fill up 3:14 to 4:00 with a 45min and have an open slot at 4:00 instead of 3:45 you might deter a new family with a young child. Schedule wisely.

5. A few ears ago I started scheduling students who had taken longest first. When necessary, I kindly explained to newer families that the longer you take the more ‘seniority’ you have in requesting lessons times. Every single family I have ever had has completely understood this policy and has actually been grateful to know that the longer they take they may very likely get a lesson time they like better. 

6. What to do if a family wants a different lesson time than you can offer. I simply have them tell me 2 or 3 preferred times and let them know that as soon as one of those times open up they may take it.  You never know when someone else is going to suddenly move away or simply need to change times.

7. Worried about loosing students over scheduling? Don’t. Instead make yourself such an enthusiastic teacher with unique opportunities that everyone wants to be in your studio!

8. Be flexible. Realize these are not set and fast rules. There are sometimes you may need to bend.


Over the years I have wanted a calendar system that worked well for scheduling lessons but never could find anything. I tried office supply stores, online, and using the computer. In the end, I found nothing I liked. The computer was easy to edit, but I wanted something I could easily grab and cute! So this year I made my own. I am currently working on corresponding materials to help with the business side of teaching and organization so check back soon for more.

Scheduling Students- 8 tips for making it easier

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