Download Chase My Heart Game (steps and skips)
Download Chase My Heart Game (steps and skips)
SuperJAM season is upon us, and that means asking students to practice lots of repetitions. Below are 3 practice aids to help make it fun!
1. Have students collect signatures of each person they practice their piece from. You can even print on stickers so that the student can put it on their workbook.
2. Reward your students with 4 types of "WunderMoney" : Fantastic Focus, Marvelous Music Making, Remarkable Rhythm, and Wonderful Work.
3. Use punchcards for each song to encourage repetition.
Players: 2 players
Musical Objective: To move a game marker to any square on the top row of the game board
Game Objective: To reinforce note reading in G position
Setting It Up:
Players should sit beside one another with the game board placed in front and the deck of playing cards placed to the side. Player 1 should place his game marker on the square in the bottom row marked with a green dot and Player 2 should place her game marker on the square in the bottom row marked with a white dot.
Materials: One game board, two small game markers (buttons), 18 Note Cards
Playing The Game:
Player 1 draws the top card from the deck of playing cards, names the note on the back of the card, and then performs any one of the following moves:
He moves his game marker forward to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card.
He moves his game marker to the left to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card.
He moves his game marker to the right to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card.
He moves his game marker backward to the closest square containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card. This move usually represents a “last resort” option.
He uses the dry erase pen to color in any square on the game board containing a note name that matches the note image on the playing card. This creates a “blocked square” that players must move around in subsequent turns.
When moving his game marker in a selected direction, Player 1 must go to the closest matching square; sliding (skipping) over squares that do not match the name of the note image on the playing card.
During any one turn, Player 1 may only move his game marker in a straight line. He cannot move diagonally
1. Teach your student the Rhythm 1, if they get it quickly teach Rhythm 2 as well.
2. Play the piece while your student performs the rhythm
3. If the piece is an appropriate level for your student, teach them to play the piece while you perform the rhythmic parts.
4. Leave them a copy of the rhythms so that they can perform with family and friends.
Download A Hero Returns
Celebrate Thanksgiving with your students using great composing activities, games, and worksheets!
Pre-Reading Composing - download PDF
On Staff Composing - download PDF
Save the Turkey - download PDF
Chasing the Turkey Board Game - download PDF
Color Mr. Turkey - download PDF
Funny Thanksgiving Food - download PDF
Thanksgiving Crossword - download PDF
Thanksgiving Harvest (Major or Minor) - download PDF
Pilgrim's Key Signature Crossing - download PDF
Players: Materials: 2 players one laminated game board, six coins, two dice, 18 playing cards
Musical Objective: To reinforce recognition of note values in 4/4 time
Game Objective: To steal coins from an opponent’s pot of gold
Setting It Up: Players should sit beside one another with the deck of cards placed between. Each player should have a die. Three coins should be placed over the squirrel image and three coins should be placed over the leprechaun image.
Playing The Game:
1) To begin, one player removes the top card from the deck and flips it over to reveal an image of a note value.
2) At this point, the game becomes a race. Step 3 below, while explained for Player 1 only, will be performed by both players simultaneously.
3) As soon as the note value in Step 1 is revealed, Player 1 determines the number of beats the note value receives in 4/4 time and then attempts to roll the corresponding number on her die.
4) The first player to roll the corresponding number on her die wins the round. If the winner is the student, a coin is taken from the leprechaun’s pot of gold and placed on the squirrel’s pot of gold. If the winner is the teacher, a coin is taken from the squirrel's pot of gold and placed on the leprechaun’s pot of gold.
5) Players repeat Steps 1 to 4 until all of the coins have been removed from one pot of gold (the player who has lost all of her coins loses) or all cards are removed from the deck (the player with the most coins wins).
*To speed this game up I give my students 3 rolls with the dice to try to match the note value, and myself one try (they usually win quickly!). No dice? No problem! My students have been obsessed with this free virtual dice from the app store.
Important Printing Tips:
This activity only works if the double-sided printing is done correctly. If done incorrectly, Beethoven’s face will look like a Picasso. So, when manually printing the file, put the paper into your printer with the leading edge first and print Page 1. Then place the paper face down and feed it back into the printer with the leading edge first again. Note: The edge of the page that goes into the printer first is called the leading edge. If it’s easier, mark the leading edge before printing Page 1 so that you can locate it again when printing Page 2.
If this spacial challenge gives you a headache, try this: Download File 2 here. Print it out as two separate pages. Paste the pages back to back, laminate them and cut them out. Note: This method will only work with File 2.
This is a great game from Pianimation to reinforce counting and rhythm.
1. Print board, and cut cards
2. Select a card, and identify the note that's missing to complete the bar
3. Move to that note on the board until one player wins
Lessons are coming to a close for another year. In the next few weeks most families will decide if they are going to continue on with lessons… so it is really important that piano teachers give them every reason to keep on, keepin’ on.
And there’s no better way to communicate the importance of piano lesson participation than by sharing with parents the progress their children have made this year.
Keep reading below as we share a simple and effective end-of-year assessment strategy called, Playing Through Time (idea from Andrew and Trevor Dow).
Nothing demonstrates a student’s progress better than a visual and aural demonstration. When demonstrated, even the most “non-musical” of parents can gain a good understanding of their child’s progress and development. But demonstration is not just for the parents; you can say goodbye to hours of report-writing time!
“Play Through Time” is a simple and effective way to show parents piano student progress. It takes just a week or two of in-lesson prep by going over tunes your students should be playing anyway.
Here’s how it works:
Hi Janet and Steve,
It’s the end of our teaching term (already!) and Aidan and I would love to invite you to attend the first half of his next lesson. I like to provide piano parents with a good snap-short of their children’s progress and I’ve found that the best way to do this is with something that I call a “play through time” demonstration. This will give you the chance to see (in-person) the wonderful progress that Aidan has made on the piano this year.
He’s very excited to share his accomplishments and I can’t wait for you to be amazed by how much he has learned!
Could you let me know if you will be able to attend?
Thank you so much,
Little kids need extra reinforcement with right hand/left hand and with associating each hand with a clef.
This version of Slapjack (from MyFunPianoStudio) is played similarly to the original, but with twist that makes it even more fun- each clef must be slapped by the correct hand.
How to Play Slapjack
The adult turns over one card at a time. Each time a clef is turned over, kids quickly slap the card. If it’s a treble clef, they slap with the right hand. If it’s a bass clef, they slap with the left hand.
This game is great with a single child or a group of kids. If you’re with a group and worried about kids slapping too hard, you can have them slap the carpet in front of them and just check each time to make sure they used the correct hand. If the kids are up for some competition, play it like the original, where the kids race to be the first to slap- but it only counts if they use the correct hand.
This is a free printable game. Just click the button below, print (cardstock is recommended), and cut out the cards.
This free piano game is a fast and effective way to help young kids. Give it try- they’ll be laughing and having a ball!
Download PDF of SlapJack