Winter themed chord building (Do you wanna build a snowman?)

“Major or Minor?” cards   Print and cut out.

Laminate each card or place one page in a page protector, then have students use dry erase markers to write the letters needed to complete the chord.

Theory Activity

Build upon the base note given, make it a major or minor chord.

Bottom snowball, given base note: A.  

Middle snowball, + Add middle note: C.

Top snowball, +Add top note E.  

Complete snowman = Making an “A minor” chord.

snowman major or minor copy 2

Printable version below… (5 pages)

Refresh Those Plans (add lemon, please)

The holidays are over...  
The time to relax and to wind down from 
Christmas concerts 
and excited children awaiting Santa is over.  
The NEW YEAR is here!

Add lemons!  Lemons help with pH balance, contributes vitamin C and more, helps with digestion, detoxifies, gives your skin a glow, and so much more. I want these wonderful things in my lesson plans. :0)

I enjoyed Christmas day with my husband and son, sharing gifts, playing games, watching movies and eating delicious food.  I then traveled to see my Dad, who is in rehab, needing a bit of encouragement.  He spends every day lifting small weights, PT and OT games, and lifting himself out of his wheelchair and onto his feet holding tightly to the parallel bars, counting the seconds until he can sit down and do it again. He works hard at doing the things he has always done, but needs to relearn to strengthen from an injury.

I have been teaching for a long time.  I have a plethora of ideas; generous plans and fun activities, I just need to update them. Like my Dad, I feel I need to begin again, see the task I know well and work to make it better.  My goal is to make the lesson plans fresh in my mind so that teaching can be exciting and the result breath-taking.

The plan is routine, the execution or 'how-to' 
is what takes thought. 
Will it be: games, worksheets, movement, 
ipads or Chromebooks, 
youtube, instruments, cups, buckets, drums, 
singing, drama, circle 
dances, compositions, projects, etc...?

Right now, I am specifically incorporating themes for January: winter, New Year, and world music, musicals…  Some of the plans are there from years past, I am now in search of the right activity that will challenge and be enjoyed by the students.

Add lemon, please!15-benefits-of-drinking-lemon-water-in-morning-empty-stomach-img2 Good, better, best. Never let it rest.    ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.

~St. Jerome




A few fun ideas from the internet:

Freeze Dance

Snowball Activities

Chinese Music

The Music Man






Create a Space (with an audience)

When I was in high school, I had a cat who loved to sit on top of the piano when I played.  Of course, he probably was loving the vibrations from the piano strings, but I loved his company and I thought he loved my playing!

Encourage your child to practice their instrument!  Tips on how to ‘create a space’ below.

It is important to set up an area in the house where your child looks forward to spending time.

It is also important to be in attendance with your child, whether on the piano bench next to them or walking by often to applause their efforts.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

All the best!

Create A Space

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton