May 2019 Plans

Week 1: We practiced notes with Race to the Top (Note Review), except that I didn’t use the die. Instead, I just had them draw cards with the note names on them.

Week 2: We practiced rhythms with Jenga (How to Drill Anything). Depending on the sticker they either had to create a rhythm or count and clap a rhythm.

Week 3: We made music to match our weather with Thunderstorm (Improv).

Week 4: We drilled tricky spots in our pieces and ear training with Rainbow Board Game (How to Drill Anything).

Rainbow Board Game (How to Drill Anything)

This is a board I drew up on graph paper in a few spare minutes and can be used for anything.

What You Need:


  • Place the two game markers at the entry square.
  • Assign each color a category or flashcard:
    • I varied this for each student. Sometimes it was different sections of the piece they were learning, sometimes it was ear training on intervals or dictating a rhythm.

How to Play:

  • Roll the dice. Move your marker that many squares forward. Do the challenge for that color.
  • Rolling doubles means you get to go again.
  • Catching the teacher in a mistake means the teacher has to go back to where she was at the beginning of the turn.
  • Winner is whoever gets to the end first, or if you run out of time, whoever is ahead when the lesson is over.

Rainbow Game Board0003