Archive for For Parents

Learn to Play the Piano E-Book

Here is another module created for the Mr. Noteman Music Is for Kids workshop. This one is for teaching small kids the basics of piano playing.

Learn to Play the Piano

Free e-book!

Piano ebook

Ukulele e-Book for Beginners

The ukulele is a fun little instrument to pick up and play, and is suitable for students of all ages and sizes. This e-book teaches kids to play using colored notes, and starts off with simple 1 chord songs before moving on to 2 chord songs and 3 chord songs.

We use colored dots on the fingerboard - easy to read for even small kids!

We use colored dots on the fingerboard – easy to read for even small kids!

1 Chord Songs:

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Are You Sleeping?
  • Ring Around the Rosies
  • Praise the Lord
  • The Farmer in the Dell

2 Chord Songs:

  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Clementine
  • Skip to My Lou
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Do Your Ears Hang Low
  • How Much Is That Doggy in the Window
  • Itsy, Bitsy Spider
  • It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  • My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

3 Chord Songs:

  • God Is So Good!
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Amazing Grace
  • Deep and Wide

This instruction book was developed as part of the Mr. Noteman Summer Workshop materials as an optional module.

Free Ukulele e-book

By the way, here is a great beginner uke at a great price!

Name-A-Note Music Playing Card Game

My latest project, music note playing cards, is now available. I call it the Name-A-Note game.

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Name-A-Note is a fun music card game using all the music notes in bass and treble clef.

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The Name-A-Note card game, featuring Mr. Noteman the music note puppet, is a fun educational game for learning the names of music notes on the music staff. This set of cards contains all 52 notes encompassing the range of a standard piano, also including some overlapping notes on ledger lines between the treble and bass clef staff lines. There are a total of 79 cards.

Click on the picture below to read the rules of the game. A listing of all the note cards is also included.

Name-A-Note RulesName-A-Note Game Documentation


Psychology of Music

Here’s an interesting way of presenting the effect that music has on people.

Psychology of Music

Mr. Noteman Standup

I had the band saw out this weekend, and just for fun, I made a Mr. Noteman standup thingy, good for displaying on your desk or on a shelf.

I have a download with instructions for making your own here:

Mr. Noteman Wood Standup – Picture and Instructions

Mr. Noteman Paper Standup – Color Your Own!

Be sure to send us a picture if you make your own!

Homeschool Music Curriculum & Resources

I have compiled a list of music education resources that are currently available to homeschool families.

It makes for an interesting search. The homeschool market is certainly not over saturated with interesting, high quality music education products. The offering of the larger publishers would probably be more suited to large classrooms than to individual homeschool students.

Here is a list of web sites that offer music education resources to home educators:

Music Curriculum

Piano Courses

Violin Courses

Guitar Courses

Other Interesting Sites

If you are aware of any other homeschool music resources that I have not listed here, I would love to know about them.