Where we live, it is decidedly toque weather now, and this means that my studio door opens every 30 minutes with a blustery burst of cold air, jackets, scarves, gloves and… mud.
Unbundling my piano student snowmen takes a few moments, but once they’re on the bench with me we’re having a blast warming up their chilly fingers with some wintery technical exercises that improve control and execution of articulation markings.
Today we’re sharing one of our favorite wintery warm-up printables that you can use with your own piano students to focus on articulation markings and to warm up frozen piano fingers!
A Wintery Articulation Adventure
Your piano students are going to be begging to do this warm-up all winter. Simply download it, print it out, discuss the various articulation markings found in the musical excerpts, and then enjoy narrating the wintery tale as your students provide the soundtrack.
Note: On the final musical excerpt in the story you’ll notice that there are no articulation markings. This is intentional and allows your students to create their own arrangements of slurs, accents and staccatos! If you choose to laminate this and use it with multiple students, simply use a dry erase pen!
You can download your Wintery Articulation Adventure here.
If you’re having fun with story-based warm-ups then your piano students will love TEDDtales! The 72 exercises in Teach Piano Today’s much-loved technical resource are surrounded by engaging, hilarious and memorable stories that will leave your piano students not only warmed up, but smiling! It’s a great way to start your lessons and a fabulous tool for technical practice and sight-reading. Find out more here.