The purpose of these practice sheets is to help students recognize which note is for which piano key without having to always look down at the keys while playing. The more students look down at the keys when the needed key is under the fingers, the more likelihood of those persons losing their place in the music.
Pitch refers to the letter names of the notes of the staff. Interval is the distance from one note or key to another. These practice sheets do not require students to recognize the distance between 2 notes played at the same time, but only notes that are played one at a time. Also, hands will not have to play at the same time.
The students are to look over the music of each row to determine which finger is to start, having determined the highest and lowest notes. The highest note or key is a 5th away from the lowest note/key.
In addition to writing the beginning note finger number, teachers have the option of having the students to:
write/say the letter names of the keys (including the sharp or flat signs, if applicable), or
write/say the intervals from one note to the next, and
play the notes without looking down at hands.
The intention is to help the students to:
Recognize the intervals. (Recognize that the next pitch in a music piece is up or down [and by how far] from the previous pitch.) There are no repeated notes in succession. Since these exercises are based on 5-finger scale-like patterns, each finger will have only one key to play per page. There are 5 pages of exercises. Each page requires the students to move their hands to a different location, yet within the same major key.
Identify the highest and lowest pitches of an exercise so that the fingers of the hand may cover the correct key range.
Know which keys are under which fingers, without having to look down at the keys.
Learn to identify the letter names of pitches, in both the treble and bass clefs, including those on ledger lines.
Some of the more commonly used ledger line notes are also included.
There are Answer keys. 'MC' stands for Middle C. The intervals are the same in all the keys.
Although all the notes are whole notes, the emphasis is on the pitches and not on the rhythm. The teacher may opt to have the student play the music at different rhythm values.