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).
Week 1: We played Egg-Sercize Fun from Teach Piano Today to practice our notes.
Week 2: I brought back one of my favorite improv activities: The Soundtrack.
Week 3: This was the final week before recital time for us. So we used Easter Egg Performance Preparation.
Week 4: We composed rhythms with Rhythm Building Blocks
Spring break this month, so I only taught three times.
Week 1: We practiced note names the the annual Lucky Penny Game.
Week 2: We rollicked with some great Irish music using the Irish Improv.
Week 3: We practiced rhythms with Target Practice.
Week 1: Race Across the Keyboard is a perennial favorite among my beginners, but this was the first time I figured out how to use it with students who already know the notes on the keyboard. We practiced intervals with it.
Week 2: This was the leadup to Valentine’s Day, so I caved on the no treats rule and played the The Treat Game. Depending on the student, we practiced notes, rhythms, intervals, and key signatures.
Week 3: It was snowing here, so we did the Gently Falling Snow Improv.
Week 4: It was time for a repeat game: Zap It.
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.