As we are almost at the end of term, a few favourite activities are making an appearance!
Note Reading - Capture a Key!
2 types of counters or small toys (I use Go-Gos and Stkeez)
Note flashcards or a flashcard app
Each player takes a turn in reading a note and places a one of their counters/toys on the correct key.
The aim is to capture a key by placing 3 counters on it.
If you get the same flashcard, you can capture and remove your opponents counter from the key.
The winner is the player to capture the most keys, or have the most counters on the keyboard.
You can make the basic game easier by using key names only, rather than notes. You can alter the rules to take into account how many counters you capture..... my pupils usually have ideas how to "improve" the game!
Note values - Jenga Tower
A Jenga set - or 2 is you want a longer game!
Rhythm flashcards - these could be simple notes/rests or "bars" of rhythm that gets added up. The smallest value is 1.
Each player takes a card and the corresponding number of Jenga bricks - i.e. a minim = 2 bricks
Each card is a new level of bricks, so you must always start a new level when a card is picked - you cannot add anything to lower levels. However, you can build more than one level with a card, which is easier if you have to add 4 bricks on top of 1!
The aim is to build a complete tower with all the bricks and as high as possible. This can be done by working together or you can play against each other. The loser is the person who makes the tower fall!
General Knowledge - Simple Simon
For this you just need to pick a suitable piece of music depending on the level of the pupil and find a few fun items to use.
Print a "Simple Simon Says..." list of things to find in the music and let your pupil have a go! This is very easily done and can be adapted to any level.
Alison is a classical pianist, teacher, and composer running a thriving piano studio in Surrey, South East of England.