Level 1A is intended for students who have completed the Primer piano tutorials. In most instances only one piece will be assigned each week. If you need a bigger challenge, add next week’s piece too. If you didn’t quite master your piece in one week, work on it for another week.
Tick Tock introduces you to the musical term "staccato." Staccato is an Italian word for "short." To play a staccato note your finger should strike the key and then "pop" off it quickly like popcorn popping.
Drill your treble clef note names and rhythms this week by completing worksheets, "Color That Note! Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet" (p5) and "It All Adds Up Rhythm Worksheet" (p11) from the MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 1A.
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Drill your bass clef note names this week with the "Color That Note | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet Lesson." You'll need the "Color That Note! Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet" from the MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 1A. It's on page 9.
Let Us Sing introduces students to dynamics terms, Forte - f (loud) and Piano - p (soft). Print "Carnegie Hall Park™ | Music Theory Board Game" and play the game a few times this week to drill note names, rhythms, and dynamics terms.
Carnegie Hall Park™ can be played with younger and older students, though it will require a modification for younger players. Younger players should move from one parking space to the next, ignoring the colored cards and colored parking curbs. The player wins if they successfully move their car completely around the board to arrive at Carnegie Hall, before being awarded three parking tickets for wrong answers. Limit playing cards to note names, whole note, half note, quarter note, and dynamics terms f (loud) and Piano - p (soft). If this collection of playing cards proves to be too difficult during pre-game review, eliminate a few cards.
Cobbler Cobbler has the same rhythm every two measures. If you take the time to learn the rhyme and clap the repeated rhythm, you'll have a much better understanding of the piece and play it with greater confidence.
Are you remembering to keep your eyes on the music? Learning music is easier when you play the piano with your eyes on the music, rather than on your fingers.
I Like Bananas offers a challenge in the last two measures that's difficult for most piano students. That because it's the first time you're playing the melody in the left hand and harmony notes in the right hand. If it takes you two weeks to get the hang of this, it's okay. Just start the next lesson, and keep practicing this one.
Let's work on your note names this week with a Star Wars-themed color-by-note worksheet. Pick a space to color, match the alphabet letter to a note, and start coloring!
Mr. Botter's Cat gives you your first chance to practice hand-over-hand technique. In this piece you'll cross your left hand over your right hand to play an "A" near the end of the piece, rather than repositioning your right hand. It's easier and it looks cool!
The biggest challenge with Mr. Botter's Cat is remembering to keep a steady beat. This tutorial has helpful ideas on how to practice this piece so that you're keeping a steady beat from beginning to end. Watch it a few times this week as you work to master this piece.
Pop! Goes the Weasel gives you another chance to practice hand-over-hand technique. In this piece you will cross your left hand over your right hand to play "POP!" near the end of the song.
Are you remembering to round your fingers? Most beginning piano students play the piano with "Mummy Fingers" (super flat) or "Flamingo Fingers" (bending the opposite way like flamingo legs). Learning to play with "Ballerina Fingers" (round fingers with the finger tips on the keys) will help you to play faster and more musically.
Recording yourself playing the piano helps you see and hear things that you're doing great, and not so great. Let's do that again this week. Ask you mom or dad to record you playing Higglety, Pigglety, Pop after you've had a few days to practice. Watch the recording to figure out what you could improve, and head back to the piano to make your performance perfect.
Are you sitting up straight? Are your fingers rounded? Did you play all the notes correctly? Are you keeping a steady beat? Are you playing the rhythms and rests the perfect length? Are you keeping an eye on your music, rather than your fingers?
Little Boy Blue places your hands in a whole new position on the piano, and gives you seven new notes to play. Pull the "Color That Note!" G position worksheets from the MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 1A and complete them this week. They're on pages 20 and 21.
Are you remembering to keep your eyes on your music, rather than your fingers?
Miss O'Leary's Cow is a partner piece to Little Boy Blue because they drill many of the same skills, including your new notes.
Let's drill your new notes this week by completing the following worksheets. Print two copies of "Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Test III" and two copies of "Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Test IV." Challenge yourself to beat your time every time you test your note naming skills.
How well do you know the names of the keys on the piano keyboard? Test your skills by labeling the piano keyboard at the top of Daffydowndilly, on page 25 of the MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 1A. Then head to the piano to name the keys for mom and dad.
Let's drill your note names and rhythms this week with the "Princess-Themed Color-by-Note/Color-by-Rhythm Worksheets." Print the worksheet pack and color one page each day, with the exception of Princess Ava. You'll learn the notes on that worksheet later.
Let's drill your treble clef note names this week with the, "I Thought That I Was Crazy Note Worksheet" (Treble Clef). It's a funny poem with some of the words spelled in music notes. Figure out what they are, and then read the poem to your dad. It will make him laugh!
How many quarter notes are in Pretty Princess? _____
How many beats does a quarter note get? _____
How many beats does a half note get? _____
Let's review you're left hand finger numbers this week. Pull "Bumblebee, Bumblebee" from Piano Games for Kids | 10 Skill Building Games and test your skills. Buzz like a bumblebee, spinning your finger clockwise as you dive to touch the notes with the correct fingers. Play the song with the same fingering.
Parents: Add to the fun by buzzing like a bumblebee and spinning your fingers too! Check for correct answers.
Congratulations! This week you'll complete the MMF All-in-One Piano Lesson Book, Level 1A, and you'll be ready to start Level 1B next week.
Print a music award certificate when you can successfully perform, Snake Dance, for your mom and dad with a steady beat and no mistakes.