Children know how to learn.
To play is to learn.
Watch the young of any species and you’ll notice that their playtime is directly related to the skills they’ll need to thrive and survive once they are fully grown. Baby bunnies hop in zig-zag patterns and have fun learning to get away. Kittens learn to play-fight and hunt (drag a string in front of a kitten to test this). Foals gallop and run. It’s how they play.
Children also learn through play, and that’s why it’s essential as piano teachers to incorporate play and a spirit of playfulness into our piano lessons.
One thing I enjoy doing is designing learning tools that help make your teaching easier. 2020 is a leap year, and what could be more fun for piano students to play with in a leap year than lemurs who love to leap!?
This teaching aid helps you teach essential piano skills, while keeping it playful and fun! This checks so many boxes!
- Help teach the letters on the piano keys to beginners.
- Help teach intervals on the piano keys visually.
- Help teach intervals by ear.
The lemurs are designed to hang on to the piano keys by their hands or tails. (Real lemurs don’t hang by their tails…oops!)
There are four different lemurs, and kids love to choose their favourite one(s) to play with at the piano as they learn.
There are two ways get your own set of Leapin’ Lemurs!
- On my Printables page, get the download for only $3.99 (less for US, UK and EU teachers)
- FREE! Blog Email followers can get it free!
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Easy to use!
Once you have the PDF, simply print the pages in colour on sturdy card stock (8 1/2 x 11), cut them out, and you’ll be on your way!
The design is so simple and useful that there is no limit to what you could use the lemurs for on the piano. The download comes with a few ideas to get you started!
You may opt to laminate them for durability.
After several uses the tabs will loosen a little. You may want to use a bit of double-sided tape to help them stay on the piano keys.
If they fall off the piano, my students and I laugh and say they’re just leapin’ lemurs! It actually does add to the fun!
Take the leap!
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