This past year, I challenged myself to have my Level 1 piano students playing every major scale hands together, in “contrary motion” and from memory. Knowing that scales are not always a lesson favorite, I turned this process into a game and a personal challenge for each of my students.
To complete the challenge I needed a fun, visual resource that would help my students correctly practice scales at home while also keeping track of their progress. So I created one!
And what do you know? Mission accomplished! By the time we reached summer holidays, my Level 1 students and I had conquered our challenge. They had all learned to play their major scales from memory, in contrary motion and hands together… and they LOVED it!
So… whenever something works particularly well for me, we share it with you! Today’s printable will get you started on the path to scale success with your Level 1 piano students.
A Printable Pack For Setting “Scale Goals”
The pack of printables we are sharing today (see download instruction below) will inspire your students to “shoot for the stars”… I mean scales. It includes three printables for reinforcing the C Major scale, the G Major scale, and the D Major scale. Follow the instructions below to get started…
- Print out a Major Scale Package for each student.
- Choose a Scale Sheet and send it home to guide effective practice.
- As your students learn each scale, challenge them to learn the scale in contrary motion, learn to play the scale hands together and learn to play the scale from memory.
- Each time your students accomplish one of the tasks above have them color in the star above the corresponding label at the bottom of the Scale Sheet.
- Once the three tasks in Step 4 are completed, your students are ready to move on to the next scale.
- Review often! Review each scale page at the beginning of every lesson, requesting “hands together”, “from memory” or “in contrary motion”.
Notes About Today’s Printable Pack
This printable package provides a visual representation of major scales and the suggested fingering (ascending fingering – reading left to right, descending fingering – reading right to left). The first printable pack we’re sharing today includes C, G, and D Major. Stay tuned for further packages!
Unfamiliar with contrary motion? To play a scale in contrary motion your student begins with both of his thumbs on the tonic of the scale. He then plays the one octave scale (hands together) – LH descending while RH is ascending. Once he reaches the tonic with his “5 fingers” he reverses direction (LH plays an ascending scale and RH plays a descending scale) until his thumbs once again meet on the tonic. This way of playing scales helps to reinforce both fingering and accidentals.
Where To Find This Printable?
Click here or on the image above to access today’s printable. While you’re happily printing, be sure to take a look at our completely re-vamped WunderKeys Piano for Preschoolers books and remember…
We’re in the final stages of prepping our very first WunderKeys Primer-Level method book to be released later this summer! If you haven’t already checked out our three-book preschool piano program, be sure to take a look. The upcoming Primer Book will work as a continuation from WunderKeys Piano For Preschoolers OR as a beginner method book for students ages 5-10.
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