Due to illness, we had only three lessons this month:
Week 1: We drilled notes with the giant staff, where students could choose between Twister, Hopscotch, and Bean Bag Toss. I modified the games for more advanced students.
Week 2: We drew snowmen, monsters, and faces while accomplishing lots of different music challenges.
Week 3: We practiced rhythms with Compose Your Own Rhythm Duets, except this time I used flashcards instead of having the kids create their own rhythms.
This was not my most exciting or creative month of teaching. Fortunately, Christmas music can make up for a lot of things:
Week 1: We practiced note names with Trim the Tree (Note Review).
Week 2: We practiced sight reading with Christmas Sight Reading.
Week 3: We practiced Christmas lead sheets with Spin the Bottle on Lead Sheets
And after that we took a much need rest.
Week 1: We practiced intervals, Thanksgiving-style, with Sailing the Seas (Intervals).
Week 2: We were pretty boring this week. We were preparing for the recital, and all we did was record the kids and have them evaluate their own readiness.
Week 3: Thanksgiving, so no lessons.
Week 4: The Christmas season began. We practiced intervals and notes on the staff and keyboard with the Christmas Fortune Teller.
A bit belated, but here it is.
Week 1: Most of my students used Skeleton, Human or Monster? (How to Drill Anything) to drill note names, but the more advanced students used the skeleton in a Primary Chord Drill.
Week 2: We used Spider Web (How to Drill Anything) to practice rhythms.
Week 3: We did a Halloween improv with the Black Cat Strut (Improv).
Week 4: We did yet more improv with the Halloween variation of the Motif Game.
Wow, am I behind here. Let’s see if I can remember what I did.
Week 1: We practiced note names with Race to the Top (Note Review).
Week 2: We practiced rhythms with the Poison Rhythm Game.
Week 3: We jammed on the piano with the The Improv Duet Game.
Week 4: We worked on dynamics with the Random Dynamics game.