Useful Websites

The Practice Shoppe  This site contains numerous free downloads.  There are games, song specific charts and repetition sheets galore.

eMusic Theory  A site with “free music theory drills.”  There are matching games for strings finger position/pitch name; naming notes on a staff, or grand staff; rhythm performance and more.

Blank Sheet Music   Here one can design and print your own staff paper.  Change the number and kind of staves on the page, the clef, key and time signature before printing. Free

MES English  A fantastic collection of free game boards with and without printable cards.  These can be readapted for music lessons.  Free

Classics for Kids  Interactive games for pitch ID on the staff, rhythm recognition, composers, and the ability to compose and hear one's own music in a appealing presentation. Free

Board games:

Using these codes you can quickly scan through the following games to find a suggested game for your particular need.

= general games

= listening games

T = especially for Pre-Twinks and Twinklers  

= review games

X = repetition games

T X Playing with game boards is a fun for kids and parents, if you keep the atmosphere light and even, the rules flexible.  Above all be playful.  These games are especially useful in the early stages of Talent Education.  It is easy to play games with your practicing child using game boards that you already own.  But one can also find many free, printable game boards online both completely blank or with some design already in them.  If you search for “free printable game boards” or “free game templates” you will find many useful sites.  Some of them are listed to the side of this category.

One can easily adapt games you already own to practice using dice, cards, or just tokens to move around the board.  My favorite on-hand game board is Sorry®.  My grandson and I played this game with each of us having one token at the Start.  We made something that had to happen to for him to get out of Start, say a Twinkle bread with a great bow hold.  If not so great, I got out.  For each task either my grandson or I moved five spaces towards home, depending on the quality of the effort…he would decide although rarely I had to overrule him.  (The board is long enough that five spaces allowed for plenty of practice time.)  

I have found that once you start playing a game, the students are much more attentive to their efforts, and critically judge them better.