Resources for Teachers
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Lesson Plans & Teaching Tools
2013 Van Cliburn Competition - Musical Awakenings Education Program - Download PDF program and teacher's guides, including some about how the piano works.
Preparing for a Performance - Use the book "Henry the Steinway and the Piano Recital" along with other tips to help your students get ready for a piano recital. Elementary age level.
The Music Box: The Story of Cristofori – Learn about the history of pianos by reading about the creator of the first modern piano. Elementary age level.
Pianos Through the Ages - Learn about the history of pianos by exploring the PTG Learning Center site and completing a word search puzzle. Middle school age and up.
How Does A Piano Work? – Identify the parts of a piano and see how they all work together. Includes a fact sheet, a piano facts quiz and diagrams of the inside of a piano.
What’s the Difference? – Learn about the unique characteristics of an acoustic piano and how the different parts of a piano allow you to “express” yourself. Includes a student fact sheet, discussion questions and piano exercises. Middle school age and up.
Express Yourself - Activities to help your students learn and practice working with tempo, dynamics and articulation terms, symbols and marks.
Piano Science – Help kids connect music and science with experiments and activities that help them explore the concept of sound waves and how the different parts of a piano work together to create the sounds we call music. Elementary and middle school age level.
Vibrating String – Visit a site where you can learn more about how a piano makes its sound and learn how string length affects pitch with an easy experiment.
Piano Baseball – Turn learning into fun when students compete to see who knows the most about the piano.
Write A Book Review - Enhance lesson time or integrate music and reading. Includes a review form, suggested books and sample.
The Piano In Children’s Literature Reading List - Read aloud to your child or class, assign book reports or incorporate these stories into your lesson plans.
Grand Action in Motion - see a YouTube video of a grand action moving in real-time and slow motion.
How Piano Actions Work - A link to a video clip of a demonstration by Clarence Zeches, RPT.
MTNA 2006 Presentation Notes – Mary Smith, RPT
Recreational Music Making (RMM) - Learn about an innovative program that reaches adult learners through group-based music-making activities. See a video about the benefits of RMM and find out about teacher training opportunities.
Music Research & Advocacy - Information on the benefits of music education and how you can support music education programs.
Tuning Forks - Learn how a tuning fork is used to tune a piano.
Piano Activity Place Mat - Print out your own on 8-1/2" x 14" paper, reproducible.
Play It, Don't Say It Card Game - Put your knowledge of tempo, dynamics and articulation terms, symbols and marks to work.
Piano Parts Word Search – Puzzles for elementary and middle school levels, reproducible
Student Reward Bookmarks - Print these colorful bookmarks on cardstock and cut apart for a fun reward at the end of a lesson, reproducible.
Test Your Piano IQ Worksheet – Elementary and middle school levels, reproducible.
Origami Piano – Fold your own 3-D vertical piano, reproducible.
Grand Piano Art - Cut, fold and glue your own miniature grand piano. PDF includes full-color, detailed pieces and instructions. From Accoutrements.
Coloring Pages –Sample pages from the PTG coloring book; preschool and early elementary levels, reproducible.
Piano History Fact Sheet - See how the piano has changed over the last 300 years.
Acoustic Pianos Fact Sheet - Compare the advantages and disadvantages of acoustic and digital pianos.
About Your Piano Fact Sheet - Learn about the different parts of a piano and how they work together to produce sound. Reproducible.
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