This series starts with the simplest possible rhythmic patterns on the Landmark notes Middle C, Bass F and Treble G. Each set becomes more difficult in tiny increments. Note that each five-finger position has all up or all down stems. This is especially helpful for students with dyslexia and attentional issues. These same engraving accommodations appear in my Attention Grabber books. 

Here are just a few ways to use these cards:

  • Write in the fingering. Encouraging students to write in their own fingering paves the way for making true fingering choices later on.
  • Note-naming practice. Writing in note names and/or saying them out loud.
  • Circle the 3rds (to help the eye focus on the difference between steps and skips before they play them.)
  • Lesson tip: "My friend Diane made these flashcards. I like them, but they're kinda boring. Do you think we should add some staccatos and slurs?"
  • Help your student write in their own staccatos and slurs. Try them out. Talk to them about why they do or don't like them. Could we do something different?
  • Print out more than one copy and write in different articulations. This is an excellent way to develop a sense of ownership over one's performance. (And sneaking in a little extra theory work.)

Note: I have intentionally omitted time signatures and rests. There's plenty of time for those in the future. I also have omitted fingerings. You may wish to add starting finger numbers.Add them if you wish. For my purposes, it was best to have none.

Here are the Sets:

Use this mixed set to:

  • Work on finding new hand locations quickly.
  • Find identical measures and similar measures. 
  • Circle the thirds to help the student's eye focus on where the skips occur.
  • Use this set to work on noticing how different note values can trick the eye.

    There are many of repeated notes that change value. I have observed that many kids assume the pitch is different when the note looks different - this set has lots of chances to work on the skill of finding repeated notes of different values.

This set only includes only quarter and half notes. The focus is on reading fluidity and accuracy. This set can also be used as a theory assignment: writing in note names, counting or finding matching and/or similar measures. 

This is the first set including 8th notes, these four measure flashcards have groups of two and four 8ths. If you introduce 8th notes fairly early, as we do in Piano Town, they can be simple and fun to look for. This set has plenty of opportunity to spotting steps and skips, repeated notes and similar/different patterns.

This set is the most difficult so far. A few 4ths, some trickier minor positions (D minor, E minor.) This set requires more attention to detail and is more challenging.

15: Low G Five-Finger Position, 2nds, 3rds, 5ths, (no 4ths)

16: 6/8 Time Signature, progressing difficulty,
mixed positions, some accidentals, no key signatures

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I've found these Mini Incentive Charts extremely helpful.

"Thanks, Diane. I've been using your "Attention Grabbers"  with some students.... I will also be adding these pages to the mix as an additional resource."

I recommend these books.

Driven to Distraction is the best basic book about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I have found that a basic understanding of ADD is essential to being the best teacher I can be. This particular book was the first one I read, and it continues to be the best one I've ever found. It explains how attentional issues work, what kinds of problems they cause and how to best handle them. 

Need some help with your student's hand position? This little Ladybug Squeezie is the best hand support I've ever found.