Note reading struggles are something that teachers commonly equate with young piano students. But the truth is, many kids will struggle with note reading into their tweens and teens.
As little kids, students struggle with notes in the treble staff. Once these are mastered, they run into bass staff headaches. And once the bass staff is mastered… ledger line notes come on the scene to make life difficult again 😉
Note reading struggles are more frustrating for older students than they are for younger students. When kids are young, games are usually employed to take the sting out of note reading. But as kids get older and teachers play fewer games, learning new notes (like ledger line notes) becomes more frustrating and less fun.
So today, to put the fun back into note reading, we are sharing a ledger line printable that will thrill your teens and tweens!
A Ledger Line Note Reading Game For Tweens And Teens
Today’s game reinforces visual recognition of ledger line notes. While great as a standalone activity it has been themed to correlate with our NEW tween piano book series, The Adventures Of Fearless Fortissimo (learn more about these books here).
The Chase is based after an Easter game we created last March. The game is best explained with a video. So, download the printable here or click on the image and then watch the video to learn how to play.
Important Note: The video below is demonstrating our Easter game (which reinforced recognition of intervals). Here are the changes you will have to make to play today’s game:
- instead of the Easter printable you will be using the printable found here. Unlike the Easter printable which contains images of intervals, today’s printable contains images of ledger line notes.
- Instead of labelling each egg with an interval name, you are going to want to label each egg with one of the following ledger line notes: A, A, B, C, C, D, D, E.
- To correlate with The Adventures Of Fearless Fortissimo, use only eggs that are green and white. This isn’t really necessary… but it looks cool!
Okay, now on to the video instructions:
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The Adventures of Fearless Fortissimo is the Bam, the Zzzwap, and the Kapow for teaching children who crave action to love piano lessons! Each book in the collection turns original piano pieces into the backdrop for a thrilling comic adventure.
You can listen to some samples from all three episodes below. If you like what you hear, you can buy them here on Amazon.