This activity from WunderKeys will help students analyze a piece before they start to play it. This will help students to look at the music more carefully, and not be overwhelmed when starting a new piece.
How To Play:
- To begin, the student looks at his sheet music and names the very first note on the treble (or bass) staff. Next, he searches the Crossing Galaxies Score Study page for the matching letter and colors it in using his colored highlighter.
- The teacher repeats Step 1 using her own colored highlighter.
- The teacher and student repeat Steps 1 – 2 (alternating turns, moving note-by-note across the music) in an attempt to align three stars of the same color. The three colored stars can be aligned vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Draw a line to connect the three.
- When three colored stars are aligned, the player using that colored highlighter scores one point.
- Play continues until one of two things happens: 1) Players reach the end of the piece OR, 2) One player scores five points.
- If players reach the end of the piece before scoring five points, the player with the most points wins the game.
- Notes: 1) If a player cannot find a star because all stars containing the required note name have been colored, the turn is over AND, 2) As the game progresses, the coloring of a single star may result in a number of different combinations of three aligned stars. In this case, one point is score for each new connection of three stars. See above for a game board example.