My oldest daughter is in her first few months of violin lessons and it is so much fun! She already has a knack for playing the violin and has seen great progress.
My daughter and I both adore her violin teacher. They are a beautiful mesh of personalities and we feel so blessed to have her as an instructor.
Make a Music Clock
Clara’s instructor gave her this assignment as she was trying to teach her the value of notes: make a music clock!
And so we did!
We gathered the following materials:
- 1 sheet of posterboard
- music note printables (see bottom of this post to print yours)
Follow these instructions to make your own music clock:
1) Print the music notes on cardstock. You might need multiple pages of certain notes.
2) Draw a large circle on your piece of poster board. Make sure you leave ample room to place music notes around the clock. Some numbers will require multiple notes (if you so choose).
3) Write in the numbers on the clock. Be as creative as you wish – use markers or stickers or glitter glue. I’ve also provided a set of printable numbers that you can use. My daughter chose to use these and color them in.
4) Draw hands on the clock, if you wish.
5) Make sure your child knows the value of each note (whole note = 4 beats, half note = 2 beats, quarter note = 1 beat, eighth notes = 1/2 beat)
Now this is where you can “test” to make sure they know the value of the notes.
6) Start with 1:00. What notes can be used to equal 1 beat? Place those beside the 1. Don’t glue yet! We’ll do that at the very end.
7) Now go to 2:00. What combination of notes can be used to equal 2 beats? Place those beside the 2.
8) Continue on assigning notes to times all the way through 12:00. Once your child has the notes in the spots where they’d like, go ahead and glue them to the poster board.
This is a fun project that can done several times with multiple combinations! My kiddos and I had the best time making our Music Clock and I hope yours will too!
Click on the image below to download Music Clock Printables and Instructions
My son is having a note value problem right now. He would be very happy to do this music clock activity. Thank you for sharing.
My students had great and fun time learning the maths of musical notes through this activity. It helped them remember and understand better the values of the notes. They enjoyed much in sharing ideas and working together as they designed their musical clocks. Thank you for this creativity! A big help to me as a teacher 🙂