Despite the abundance of resources available from talented music teachers, I still find myself creating most of my own materials. To work for me, the activities must work for private lessons that more or less follow the topics as presented in the Alfred’s piano series (i.e., no eighth notes until Level 1B, five finger patterns preferred until Level 2). I also have an aversion to copious amounts of color ink, and I’m only going to spend time cutting and laminating if the activity can be used for many students and many ability levels. I like games, but I prefer card games to board games because they are easier to modify on the fly for different students.

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