Saturday, April 9, 2011

Theory Terms Clothesline

   Over at Pianoantics, Anne has developed a clothesline for teaching theory terms. I decided to make one for myself, and so far my students love it! I tweaked it a bit to fit my own studio needs, but it still follows the original plan pretty well.

     You know me, and my love for I had that ready, and  my color ink ran out- go figure!! So here's what I did:  I printed the basic design off on blue cardstock (for the blue sky part) and then printed off some extra sock pages in several other colors of cardstock. Then I cut out the socks and glued them right on the slots on the blue paper. Although it was more work, it turned out so well, and I love having those brightly colored socks hanging on my studio line. :) Here are the pics:
I used the clothesline right on my piano, but I plan to hang them on some easily removable cording for future use.

I added terms like "double flat" and "double sharp" to challenge my beginners and refresh my intermediates

...and even the "breve rest" for when we get into compound time

I checked Michael's for the clothespins- they were over $4 a pack. Then I found the same pack at the Dollar Store for....$1! 
     I added this project to my "box of tricks" and am looking forward to using such a colorful and creative teaching aid! I still have two rows of clothesline with blank socks on them so that I can add to and develop them as my students move into different areas of theory. Thanks, Anne,  for sharing it with us!


Anne Crosby Gaudet said...

Your little socks are adorable! I can't believe you cut them out one by one. Great find on the clothespins too.

Leah said...

I made more than I needed because I knew I wouldn't want to cut more out later...haha! :)