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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

More Musical Minute to Win it Ideas

I was excited to find this great game idea posted by Sheryl at Notable Music Studio blog just in time for my next group lessons.  I came up with a few other musical variations of "Minute to Win It" and started adding them in the comments on her blog... but after the list started getting a bit lengthy I decided to post them here too for future reference.

Sharp Stacking – Stack scale blocks in the order of sharps on the piano bench.  Then transfer the stack to the top of piano without dropping any blocks.
(For Early Elementary students you could have them stack the blocks in skipping alphabet order instead)
 My version of A Bit Dicey Roll 4 Rhythm Dice until you can create a rhythm that adds up to 1 measure in 4/4 time. (similar to Yahtzee).  You may roll as many times as you want within the minute.
A Corny Puzzle – Match up the correct letter names, staff and keyboard notes together on the keyboard puzzle sheet (free printable at D'Net Layton's blog)
 A Twist on Terminology twist:
Find your Relative.  Match up scale blocks or music alphabet letter cards with their relative keys (C Major w/ a minor, etc.)

Stellar Sightreading: Sightread a line from sightreading challenge sets with accurate rhythm and notes.  If you make a mistake you must move on to the next one.

Stepping up the Scales:  Arrange the scale whole and half step feet cards (from in the correct order for a Major scale.  Then play a major scale on the piano while singing the scale pattern (Tonic, whole, whole..., etc.)

Rhythm Sculpting: Using playdough, sculpt 4 different types of rests and arrange them in order from shortest to longest.

Blind Intervals
With a blindfold on play ?# of intervals on the piano correctly that your teacher calls out. (Teacher chooses a reasonable goal for student's abilities to complete in one minute.)  You can vary the difficulty by calling out just a number (2, 3,4, 5 etc. for beginners) or calling the interval and quality for more advanced students (Major 6th, Perfect 4th, minor 3rd, etc.).

Sheryl's ideas of "A Word Please,"    "Composer ABC's",   and "Drop Off"  were a great hit at our last group lesson too. 

Composer ABC's

Drop Off

A Word Please
One of the great things about this group game is that most of the challenges could also be used as a fun lesson starter in a private lesson setting.  I was glad that I had previewed a few of the games with students at their individual group lessons first to gauge the proper difficulty level for each group.... Composer ABC's was quite a challenge for some of the younger students, but a cinch for those just a few years older.



  1. Excellent! I have a group lesson on Sunday and we'll do the Sharp Stacking game! Thanks!

  2. Great job! Creative. Simple enough to do. May use some of these for the family get together for my dad's Christmas party on New Year's Eve. Nice use of Bible to involve kids in fun stuff. Here is the best adult office minute win party games to play and enjoy!