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Beethoven in Bits

Posted by Merrily James on Jun 7, 2018 11:55:52 AM

This is a cool printable puzzle activity from WunderKeys that will give your teenagers the break they deserve while improving their sight reading skills and their understanding of motives, motives in repetition and motives in sequence.

  1. Print and laminate Beethoven’s Portrait Puzzle found here. Important: Read the printing tips at the bottom of this post. The portrait is divided into nine “puzzle pieces”. Before cutting out the puzzle pieces, examine the back of the portrait with your student and complete the following steps:
    1. Look at the first musical excerpt (numbered “1”). This is a motive.
    2. Look at the musical excerpt next to this motive. This excerpt is Motive #1 in repetition. This means a portion of the motive has been repeated.
    3. Look at the final musical excerpt in this row. This excerpt is Motive #1 in sequence. This means the motive has been transposed to a higher or lower setting.
  2. Repeat the steps above for Motive #2 and Motive #3.
  3. Next, cut out the puzzle pieces, shuffle them and then spread them out on the floor with the musical excerpts facing up.
  4. On the word, “Go”, start the timer and have your student arrange the musical excerpts in the order that they appeared before the puzzle was cut into pieces. Hint: Remind them that the motive in repetition follows the original motive and the motive in sequence follows the motive in repetition.
  5. When your student believes the puzzle pieces are in the correct order, have her flip each piece over (being sure to keep the pieces in their positions). If the musical excerpts were arranged correctly, Beethoven’s portrait should appear in the correct facial order. If there are any mistakes your student must flip the cards over and make the appropriate corrections.
  6. When the cards have been flipped over and correctly display Beethoven’s portrait, stop the timer. In future games, the student can attempt to beat her time.

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.