At the beginning of the summer, I challenged each of my students to name all of the notes on the grand staff in one minute. Lesson after lesson, I would set the timer and use flashcards to test them.
One of the first students to attain this goal almost didn’t try it a second time. She named them in 1 minute and 24 seconds. I encouraged her to overcome her fear of failure by being courageous. She decided to overcome her fear and try again. When she saw the timer, her eyes shined with excitement. She made it in exactly 1 minute! She almost couldn’t believe that she really attained that goal!
Sometimes it takes the extra bit of encouragement to help students move toward their goals. Teachers and parents, don’t give up! Keep on encouraging! It may be the moment that helps them reach the stars!
This week is the last week for students to fulfill this challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing how many more students will name those notes in a minute!
Do you have any great ideas to encourage students to memorize notes on the grand staff?