Friday, May 5, 2017

Hear See and Feel the Fun- Music Games and Activities

I put together this handout full of fun game ideas for a Round Table presentation I did at a UVMTA event for the music teachers in my area.  With so many fun game and activity resources, it was difficult to choose which ones to highlight.  But fortunately, the links at the bottom can take you to my organized games list so you can pick your favorites for yourself or add a note in the comments to share your favorite off the bench activities!
Why Games and Activities?
·         Engage – Games appeal to visual, tactile auditory and kinesthetic learning styles.
·         Solidify – Repetition with appealing adaptations solidifies learning without boredom.
·         Assess Mastery – Games provide a non-threatening avenue to “test” skills without the fear of failure.
·         Isolate Concepts – Gradually introducing isolated ideas prepares for mastery without frustration and is a useful tool in tuning up trouble spots.

Sample Music Games & Activities

Note Reading

Dead Bug Slug Clapbacks
Rhythm Aerobics
Autoharp App-Zootopia


Offer Choices – Would you rather play Swipe a Sharp or Crazy Keys? Dance or use Rhythm cups? Candyland or Don’t Eat Pete?
Adapt for Multiple Levels
·         Collect a Chord Beginning– Skips in the Alphabet, Int.- Build a Chord,  Adv. – Identify major minor or diminished chords

·         Jenga- use a different color pen for each level of terms

Top 10 iPad Apps

Note Reading – Note Rush, Flashnote Derby
Sightreading – Piano Maestro
Rhythm – Rhythm Swing, Rhythm Cat
Ear Training/Solfege – Bubble Tones
Scales/Chords – Musiclock,  Autoharp
Composition/Improv – Tune Train, Garage Band
Related Posts-
Piano Game Resource List – Links to my favorite music games organized by concept and level

Piano Lab – Online music activity links organized by level including Quizlet Terms, Listening Lab Activities and Games
Spicing up Piano Lessons – Fun Lesson Starters, Theory through Games, Technique and Rhythm the Fun Way, Teaching, Practice Incentives, Group Music Party Ideas
Creative Activities for Beginning Level Piano Lessons – Mason Jar Melodies, Composer Fruit Basket, Bass Clef Pop and Drop etc.

The Value of Singing at Music Lessons – A Series of posts on how song activities reinforce Theory, Rhythm Ear Training, etc.

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