DIY music notes reading mat
Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work…” ― Albert Einstein
This is especially true when it comes to learning a new music instrument. Recently, I have signed my daughter for piano lessons at Seimpi Music.
In order to help her revise music notes reading at home, I have created a similar learning aid that is being used in the class. The child can visually see where each note on the music staff goes as well as placing each Letter on the Grand staff.
This is definitely a great hands-on activity for group and individual use especially this is being taught with a catchy tune in class. Check out the video at the bottom of this post
- A4 Foam board
- Bottle caps / glass pebbles / round counters
- Black permanent marker
1) Draw 5 straight lines using pencil / markers on the A4 foam board. Approximately 24 cm long will be ideal. The advantage of using foam board is it does not shift around easily as it is heavy unlike paper. You can also consider using felt as a backing too.
2) Leave at least 3 cm gap between each line. The height of the gap depends on the diameter of your counter. I used both magnolia milk and soft drink caps.
3) I use pencil to draw on the foam board first to make sure that they are proportion. Then use marker to trace over the lines
4) Then, i use a pencil to draw the treble cleff , then trace it with black marker.
5) Lastly, erase off all pencil markings and you are done
There are several ways to play this game:
1) As you sing the song, invite the child and place the counters on the mat accordingly.
2) You can also call or write out the note, E.g. : Note G and D and get the child to place the counter on the mat accordingly.
3) Add a dice for extra fun factor and have a little competition. Use self-adhesive label / post stick notes and write C, D, E, F , G, Free play on each side of the dice. The child and the parents will roll the dice and place the counter on the mat accordingly.
If anyone rolls the same note during their turns, miss a turn. This is to increase the difficulty of this game.
The person who first completes C-G wins the game.
Despite I have no music background, I will learn together with my child when she attends weekly music lesson at Seimpi music school.
I hope you will find this post useful in helping your child to do music theory revision at home.
To find out my trial class experience at Seimpi music school, please CLICK HERE