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Checklist/worksheet – recital readiness

Spring recital time is around the corner! Recitals are so exciting; I wish that every piece could be polished and every student could find joy in their accomplishments. Paula Bird has an excellent podcast episode about recital preparation; go give it a listen! Some students have a particularly difficult time playing in front of others or moving on from mistakes; the least we can do as parents is ensure that they have adequate preparation. Last night my son chose the “with interruptions” playthrough where I proceeded to pretend to be a crying baby, snore, talk, and yodel! He found it incredibly funny and somehow kept playing the piece the whole time.

The upper right of the sheet contains two blank months to be used as a mini-countdown. The rest should be self-explanatory. Here’s how we’re using it:

Free to download – please link back to Triatone. Made by Sarah Holbrook.

Download recital preparation PDF.

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Poster – 10000 stars

How do you feel when you hear “ten thousand”? Ten thousand is a finite, achievable number, whether it’s repetitions or hours. The rungs of brightness correspond to thousands. Please print and share this poster; I’d love to see photos! Mention me on Instagram with @triatonemusic or #tenthousandisskill. Free to download – please link back to Triatone. Made with code by Sarah Holbrook.
Download ten thousand stars PDF.
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Practice chart – 200 ladybugs

A couple of years ago we bought hundreds of ladybugs to eat aphids off our veggies. It was incredible to see them re-animate as they warmed up from their refrigerated state. Unfortunately they had little interest in our garden box and all but a few flew away! This chart could be used to track repetitions with lovely hovering fingers, or a challenge close to my heart: a bow pinkie staying round on the bow and not flying away. Free to download and share – please link back to Triatone. Made with code by Sarah Holbrook.
Download two hundred ladybugs PDF.
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Practice chart – butterfly hearts adding to 50

Last night we were making a craft project from a magazine where we cut out hearts and made critters. I thought it would be fun to use the same approach to make some heart butterflies to count up to fifty. Free to download and share – please link back to Triatone. Made with code by Sarah Holbrook.

Download fifty count butterfly hearts PDF.