Have you ever heard of Bea’s Keys? I first heard about them (a long time ago) from my piano teacher — who used them with all of her students. Since I’ve been teaching, I use them all the time, too!

Here’s a photo:

Bea's Keys

So you see from the picture that they’re kind of like flash cards, only they’re the same size/shape as a piano key. You identify the note, and then put the card right on  top of the correct piano key.  I think they are superior to flash cards because Bea’s Keys make students think not only about the correct letter name – but also the correct placement of the key. [how many times do our students look at an opening hand position and place they’re hands on any G Major position… but maybe not the correct one!]

I use Bea’s Keys in most lessons with my younger students.  Bea’s Keys also comes in a set with ledger lines, which would be helpful for my older students.  To make it challenging, sometimes I time the students – record the time on their weekly assignment – then have them try to beat their time the next week.  My piano teacher used to have a ‘1 Minute Club’, and students names were posted on a board when they could complete Bea’s Keys in a minute or less.

The best part is… ::drumroll::…. I have students asking to do Bea’s Keys in their lessons every week. They want to.   And I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really had a student request to go through a stack of flashcards.

Visit the website here:  http://beaskeys.com The only drawback is that you can’t order online — but I’m sure you could email Ms. Smyczek with your order.

If you decide to check them out, let me know what you think!

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