Some of the Free Games Explained

April 1, 2020

Just wanted to explain about some of the games I shared on the Free Resources. Hope this helps.

 

The first game is a 2 and 3 set piano race. It's a game for those of you who start students on the black keys first. The game is simple to play. You will need to print off the cards on card stock and possibly laminate them. You and the student(s) will get a lego or small game piece to place at the left side of the piano. If you pick a card with a 2 or 3 set, you move to the one that is closest to you. The action cards give the game some extra twists and turns. The kids love the Teacher Loses a Turn Card, since they get an extra turn. Whoever reaches to the top 3 set wins. The game brings so many smiles to the students as they learn about how the piano works. 

 

The Finger Paint Game is a great way to introduce or review the notes on the piano. You will need the cards, plus find piano keys you can print off and laminate.This example is from colorinmypiano. Hope it helps.  http://colorinmypiano.com/wpcontent/files/Black_Key_Groups_Sorting_Cards.pdf. You and the student pick a card and put a small drop of finger paint on the note of the musical alphabet. Whoever fills up their cards first wins. I usually give each student and I 3 sets of cards. The kids really love the game, since it uses finger paint.

 

The Lines and Spaces game is great if you have a staff floor mat, rulers, painters tape or if you create a Grand Staff out of a shower curtain and painters tape. The students draw a line or space card and pick a side of the mat or floor to play on and put the cards on the lines or spaces. This is a great way to get the kids to run and they also understand that notes are on lines and spaces. It's tons of fun.

 

The last option for now is the If I Could Travel to Space. Took the idea from teachpianotoday, where they have a crazy critters composing game. Print off the game and separate the three colored cards and put them to the side of the color that matches the yellow, blue and green. Have the student(s) read the first phrase and then they 

 

pick a blue card. The response is silly. There are 3 options, plus can write out your own idea if you like. After they have put all 3 cards on the board, have them go to the piano and play something that sounds like what they created. It's such a great way to teach composing for beginners. They get the confidence they need to develop more creativity. 

 

Hope this gives you a better idea of some of the games. When I get a chance again, I'll share more. 

 

What are some of your favorite games you use? Would love to hear more of what you're doing in your studio. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will give more clarification. 

 

Thanks for your support. Stay safe and healthy. Blessings.

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