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).
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.