Piano Practice: Success Begins with Mom and Dad

You’d like to think that you can hand a piano book to your child and their life would be forever enriched from the experience you’ve just provided them.


The truth is the day you sign up for piano lessons is that day the student, mom, and dad get committed to practicing. It’s the only way it really works. If you’re ready to take on the challenge, here are a few ideas to get you pointed in the right direction.

1) Ask Questions – Ask your teacher what your child should be doing that week at the end of every lesson. Ask for a demonstration if you don’t understand. Maybe even sit at the piano yourself and try things out.

2) Set a Practice Goal – I like to ask students to practice 20 minutes a day for 5 day each week. Some days get busy, so every day might not be realistic. Five days a week should be.

3) Flash Cards – Help drill note names and rhythms with flash cards. Not knowing the note names and rhythms can be the most challenging part of playing the piano in the beginning.

4) Suppliment – Look for great pieces to suppliment your child’s music book. This can often stimulate an interest in practicing.

5) Praise – Let your kids know how much you enjoy it when they play the piano. A little praise goes a long way!




Suck It Up! (Straws) | Music Terms Review Game

Here’s a fun game for your music lab time or music camp. Suck It Up! divides groups of students in two teams, racing against each other to answer 10 unit review questions. The teams use straws to carry answers from the answer square table the game board table. The first team to get all 10 answers correct wins the game.

Review anything you like – Music Terms, Music Composers, Note Names, etc. The game is totally flexible.

Download and Print Music Lesson Game

Suck It Up! | Music Lesson Review Game


The game instructions, game board and answer squares are all included in the printable packet.


Note Name & Rhythm Relay | Music Theory Game

Activity and learning always work well together, so this game is sure to be a hit with your young piano students.

I’ve included ideas for a Note Name Relay and a Rhythm Relay below.

Note Name Relay

Step 1 – Teacher calls out note and a clef.

Step 2 – Student in position #1 select correct note and runs to position #2.

Step 3 – Student in position #2 select “Right Hand” or “Left Hand” card and runs to position #3.

Step 4 – Student in position #3 reads the fingering above the note, selects the card with the correct finger circled and runs to the finish line.


Teacher calls out “Treble Clef – G”

Suzie selects the Treble Clef – G, and runs to Julie.

Julie sees that it’s a note in the treble clef. She selects “Right Hand”, card and runs to Mandy.

Mandy reads the fingering above the note, selects the correct number card and runs to the finish line.


Rhythm Relay

Step 1 – Teacher calls out rhythm.

Step 2 – Students in position #1 select rhythm and runs to position #2.

Step 3 – Students in position #2 select the note’s rhythmic value and run to the finish line.

Teacher calls out “Half Note.”

Suzie selects the half note, and runs to Julie.

Julie sees that it’s a half note. She selects “2 Beats”, and runs to the finish line.



Treble Clef Kids | iPad App Review

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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Music iPad App Review

While the graphics fall a bit short, the value of 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.

Download iPad App

Treble Clef Kids | iPad App


Free Music Theory Worksheet – The Staff/Treble Clef

Here’s a music theory worksheet from OpusMusicWorksheets.com that you might be interested in.

It begins with the introduction of the treble clef, and provides students with an opportunity to draw it several times. The rest of the worksheet is devoted to identifying and writing notes in the treble clef.

Download and Print Free Music Theory Worksheet

Music Theory Worksheet – Lesson 3: The Staff – Treble Clef | PDF Format

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