Monday, April 29, 2013
Chord Construction Relay
What you need:
Giant Staff (or masking tape to make a temporary one)
Flat or Sharp Signs (made from felt or posterboard)
"Baton" like object
How to Play:
Divide students into 2 equal teams (4 per team is ideal)
Give each team 3 beanbags, 3 flats and 3 sharps.
Call out the name of a major chord.
Players race to the giant staff in relay fashion and place their beanbags/accidentals on the correct notes one note at a time to build the major chord. The first 3 students spell the chord (i.e.
D,F,A) and the others choose any necessary sharps or flats to add.
I like how I could play this game with students at varying levels. Even early beginners can get the concept of placing notes a skip apart in snowman fashion. I had my more advanced students at the end of each line to place the accidentals. Because I introduce the primary chords tonic(yellow) and dominant(red) notes with colors, I chose to have 3 different colors of beanbags to represent the colors I use for student's to analyze chords in their songs.
I like how the felt sharps & flats I cut out really help the student see where the "hole" of the sharp is so they can line in it up with the notes.