Looking for an app to drill basic theory skills? This iPad app from Alfred Music is a great pick for beginning students.

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Download Music for Little Mozarts App

Review

The app provides drill and practice activities for:

  • Distinguishing between High and Low Sounds
  • Melodic Direction (Up or Down)
  • Rhythmic Identification (Simple Rhythms)
  • Notes Naming Skill Development

Other notable features for this app include a point system rewards students for correct answers, and cute watercolor animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. It would be nice to see app developed that meet the growing needs of students as they progress through the Alfred series piano books.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store

Looking for a fun way to drill note names and keyboard key names? Treble Clef kids has been a go-to solution for my students, and may be just what the doctor ordered for you and your students.

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Download Treble Clef Kids | iPad App

Review

While the graphics fall a bit short, the value of the the drill and practice activities are worth the price of the app. The cheering and the funny sounds for wrong answers add an element of fun. It would also be nice to see a  scoring system added to engage the kids a bit more.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store

Dance of the Cygnets is a dance movement from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake. The dance is from the ballet’s second act. The French translation of the original title means “Dance of the Little Swans.”

If you enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky, and have been playing the piano for a few years, this arrangement of this piece from Swan Lake will present a wonderful challenge.

Download Dance of the Cygnets by Tchaikovsky | Free Sheet Music for Piano

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Are you interested in learning how to play chords, or someday play in a band. This free printable piano chord chart help get you started. It introduces you to 28 of the most popular piano chords, and will get you playing your favorite songs in no time.

Download Free Piano Chord Chart for Beginners

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Also includes info about the basic elements of chords, inverting chords to make them easier to play, and how to make a basic chord based accompaniment.

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Do your kids say stuff like, “How does it go?” or “What’s the name of this note?” The MMF Piano Primer app is an interactive app for the iPad that provides the answers to the questions your kids ask most when they’re practicing piano. Because it provides these answers their time spent is much more productive.

Download MMF Piano Primer on the Apple App Store

 

Features

Right Hand Focus – The MMF! All-in-One Primer begins with only one note in the right hand, and expands from there. By doing so, students will be confident in their abilities every step of the way.

Limited Left Hand Chords – When students are ready, MMF! All-in-One Primer introduces limited chord combinations in the right hand, and continues drilling for success.

Limited Dynamics – Dynamics are limited to just two – mp and mf.

Limited Rhythms – With rhythm being the most challenging musical element to master, MMF! All-in-One Primer limits the number of rhythmical symbols introduced to students. With only three rhythms and two rests to master (Whole Note, Half Note, Quarter Note, Whole Rest, and Quarter Rest) students are assured a successful and rewarding experience.

Useful Interactive Tools – Students get interactive tools that provide them with the answers they need to help them practive effectively, including mp3 recordings of their piece and a note name keyboard chart.

Download MMF Piano Primer on the Apple App Store

 

Review

I really like this app. At first glace the graphics for this app really stand out. Digging in, features that I have enjoyed when teaching my students include the well written collection of songs that are introduced at just the right speed. The interactive features, including the mp3 recordings of the pieces and the drop down keyboard/note name chart, are where this app really shows its value. Kids get the questions answered that they ask most often, like, “How does it go.” If I were to change anything, it would be to add a moving cursor, so students can see where they are during playback.

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Here’s a creative resource for piano teachers who are interested in introducing music composition to their students.

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Download Composing with Kids | Five “Recipes for Success

Free Lesson Plans Included:

  • Hot Cross Buns Remix – This lesson provides you with a simple arrangement of Hot Cross Buns, and asks the students to write a variation on this melody.
  • Walk Like an Egyptian – This lesson asks the student to write a piece with the Egyptian Scale. The accompaniment is provided.
  • Surprise Inside – This lesson asks the student to write a melody that saves a note until late in the eight measure melody, offering a refreshing sound.
  • Ostinato, Ostinato, Ostinato – This lesson asks students to write a D Dorian melody over a provided ostinato accompaniment.
  • Ragtime Mix-n-Match – This lesson asks students to select pre-written musical phrases to form an eight measure ragtime melody with accompaniment. The lesson allows students to access which phrases work well together, and which phrases lend themselves to ending material verses interior material.

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Here’s a wonderful new resource from the folks at MakingMusicFun.net:
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Download MMF! Piano Primer Book

This piano primer is a graded edition for young piano students. It is designed to accelerate the learning progress by introducing students to a very limited collection of musical elements, allowing them to really learn the element well before moving on.

Right Hand Focus – The primer begins with a piece that introduces only one note in the right hand, and expands from there. By doing so, students will be confident in their abilities every step of the way.

Limited Left Hand Chords – About half way through the book, when students have mastered the notes of the right hand, the All-in-One Primer introduces limited chord combinations in the right hand, and continues drilling for success.

Limited Dynamics – The dynamic symbols that are introduced are limited to just two – mp and mf.

Limited Rhythms – With rhythm being the most challenging musical element to master for every young student, the primer limits rhythms too. There are only three rhythms and two rests to master (Whole Note, Half Note, Quarter Note, Whole Rest, and Quarter Rest).

This book provides students with a wonderful set of piece (many based on classic children’s poems), and a great plan for success!

 

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French Lyrics

Sur le pont d’Avignon,
L’on y danse, l’on y danse.
Sur le pont d’Avignon,
L’on y danse tout en rond.

Les beaux messieurs font comme ça,
Et puis encore comme ça.

Sur le pont d’Avignon,
L’on y danse, l’on y danse.
Sur le pont d’Avignon,
L’on y danse tout en rond.

Les belles dames font comme ça,
Et puis encore comme ça.

Sur le pont d’Avignon,
L’on y danse, l’on y danse.
Sur le pont d’Avignon,
L’on y danse tout en rond.

Free Sheet Music

On the Bridge of Avignon for Piano Solo

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History

Authors suggest that The Old Gray Mare is based upon the performance of Lady Suffolk, the first horse recorded as trotting a mile in less than two and a half minutes. It is most likely, however, that the song originated as a nineteenth century campaign ditty which was composed as an epithet of Baltimore mayor Ferdinand Latrobe by the Democratic Party political operative/appointee Thomas Francis McNulty.

Lyrics

The old gray mare,
She ain’t what she used to be
Ain’t what she used to be,
Ain’t what she used to be
The old gray mare,
She ain’t what she used to be
Many long years ago.

Free Sheet Music

The Old Gray Mare for Piano Solo

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Lyrics

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleep my little baby.
Blacks and bays, dapples and grays,
Coach and six-a-little horses.
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
Go to sleep my little baby.

Free Sheet Music

All the Pretty Little Horses for Piano Solo

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