Do you remember when your children were little and they learned to "skip count?" Or maybe you remember doing it when YOU were little! Good kindergarten teachers know that counting forwards, backwards, and by skips promotes number fluency which will help students with their math skills.
Piano students need to be just as fluent with the musical alphabet! Music doesn't just move up, but it moves down and jumps all around. I find that if I teach my beginners to say the musical alphabet backwards and by skips, both forward skips and backward skips, it improves their music reading. We call it alphabet acrobatics! They love to challenge their parents and siblings to keep up!
Once they have progressed to the point that their music includes larger leaps, we also learn to say the musical alphabet by 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths. Being very fluent with the 7 letters of the musical alphabet is so helpful once we start doing theory involving triads, chord inversions, the circle of fifths, key signatures, etc.
I've just uploaded a bundle of worksheets to my etsy store that you can use to teach alphabet acrobatics to your students. Jump on over and check it out!