My students and I are obsessed with Iwako erasers! We use them for practically everything in piano lessons, except erasing!
Iwako erasers are cute, little erasers that come in all sorts of fun shapes. A couple of years ago, I bought a set of animal erasers and I just recently added a bunch of other random shapes to my collection.
These erasers fit perfectly on piano keys we are always pulling them out to do activities and games on the piano.
And, they’re super fun because they are all actually little puzzles that come apart into a bunch of pieces. My students absolutely love taking them apart and putting them back together. If I let them, they could probably spend the whole hour fidgeting with them!
Here are a few ways we’ve used them during lessons:
- When a student is first learning to find keys on the piano, we put an eraser on each different letter: “Find all the C’s” or “Find all the G’s”.
- When we’re learning about intervals, we use 2 erasers to find intervals on the keys.
- We can place an eraser on each key of a scale.
- We can make chords using 3 erasers.
- We use an eraser as a place marker to find a key, especially when a student’s hand has a large leap between 2 notes.
- We use them to count how many times we’ve practiced something.
- We use 2 erasers to find whole steps and half steps on the piano.
- We use them when we’re learning the names of sharp and flat keys.
- On a paper staff they can represent notes.