You see, I found that students made great improvements in learning their fingerings by using flash cards in class and at home. But, there are several things I did not like about the flash cards I bought from someone else:
- The graphics were too small on one side, and too dispraportionally large on the other, and the fingerings graphics were often hard for students to understand
- The sets were incomplete, including only about 70% of the possible fingerings on each instrument
- The cards had "cut here" lines and miscellaneous text that looked sloppy and distracting after they were cut out
- There were no markings on the cards to allow a whole class of mixed instruments to use them together (in concert pitch)
The cards I have designed fix these problems, namely:
- The graphics are intuitive, beautiful, and sized just right on both sides of each card
- Each set includes every fingering for every possible note within an intermediate range, as well as alternate fingerings
- Each card is pre-cut precisely to size, with no sloppy lines or text, and reproducible masters have minimalistic "cut here" guidelines on only one side
- Numbers on each card match up across the band or orchestra, so that a teacher can work on different sets of notes that can be played together (in concert pitch) in a mixed-instrument class. Shapes on the card allow the cards to be grouped according to 3 levels of proficiency and the first 6 scales in band and orchestra.
You will find these flash cards to be attractive, durable, powerful, and ideal for use in your band or orchestra classroom. When you use these flash cards, and the lesson plans provided with them, your students' mastery of their note names and fingerings will improve dramatically. Get them now and see the results!
Orem Junior High School