Here’s a fun game for your music lab time or music camp. Suck It Up! divides groups of students in two teams, racing against each other to answer 10 unit review questions. The teams use straws to carry answers from the answer square table the game board table. The first team to get all 10 answers correct wins the game.

Review anything you like – Music Terms, Music Composers, Note Names, etc. The game is totally flexible.

Suck It Up! | Game Board and Answer Squares

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The game instructions, game board and answer squares are all included in the printable packet.

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Piano Apps for Kids
Four apps that actually help kids to learn to play the piano.

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store
Meet Beethoven iPad App (Includes sheet music with interactive tools for practicing)

Activity and learning always work well together, so this game is sure to be a hit with your young piano students.

I’ve included ideas for a Note Name Relay and a Rhythm Relay below.

Note Name Relay

Step 1 – Teacher calls out note and a clef.

Step 2 – Student in position #1 select correct note and runs to position #2.

Step 3 – Student in position #2 select “Right Hand” or “Left Hand” card and runs to position #3.

Step 4 – Student in position #3 reads the fingering above the note, selects the card with the correct finger circled and runs to the finish line.

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Example
Teacher calls out “Treble Clef – G”

Suzie selects the Treble Clef – G, and runs to Julie.

Julie sees that it’s a note in the treble clef. She selects “Right Hand”, card and runs to Mandy.

Mandy reads the fingering above the note, selects the correct number card and runs to the finish line.

 

Rhythm Relay

Step 1 – Teacher calls out rhythm.

Step 2 – Students in position #1 select rhythm and runs to position #2.

Step 3 – Students in position #2 select the note’s rhythmic value and run to the finish line.

Example
Teacher calls out “Half Note.”

Suzie selects the half note, and runs to Julie.

Julie sees that it’s a half note. She selects “2 Beats”, and runs to the finish line.

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Here’s a Valentine’s Day game for your piano student lab time. It’s playable with 1 or more students.

Get Valentine Note Hunt on SusanParadis.com

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The instructions that Susan gives on her site aren’t clear, so I’m make up my own. If you happen to figure out a slightly different twist to things, go for it!

To Win
Students hunt for note values on Valentine’s cards placed around the room. The one with the most cards at the end of the game wins. If you play with just one student, it can be a race against the clock. Set a goal of 3 minutes to identify and return all 9 cards. Then play again during their next lesson, trying to beat the previous time.

Game Play
Cut out rhythm cards and fold like a tent. Place them around the room with the hearts facing the students. Call out a rhythm. The first one to find it and return it to you wins that card. It’s a little like a memory game, but with movement.

 

 

Do you kids or students need some help with note naming? This memory game is a fun addition to your note naming drill strategies.

First, drill the note names with your student by laying the cards on the table face up. Select a set of notes to drill. If your student is just beginning, a set of 5 cards – C-G – may be all you want to drill. Ask them to combine the cards in pairs – the F note with the F card – until all the cards are paired.

Next, shuffle the cards and place them on the table face down. Playing against your student, begin the matching game. Take turns flipping the cards over, trying to find pairs and remember where all the cards are. The player with the most pairs at the end of the game wins the game.

Free Printable Game

Memory (Concentration) Game | Treble Clef Note Names

 

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

Guest Post:

Most of you know that ear training is essential to acquiring better musical skills. After all, our aural aptitudes are what guide our hands when we perform a piece. To get a better ear, we need regular practice in order to keep it in shape  – exactly like we would with our piano playing skills. With the technology available today, such practice has become easier and more accessible than ever. When searching for ear training software, you will find plenty of options. The EarMaster program seems quite popular, so I gave it a try.

EarMaster Pro 6 offers a little over 2000 lessons for ear training, sight-singing and rhythm practice, and caters for most skill levels. It contains a general-purpose course covering intervals, chords, chord inversions, harmonic progressions, scales, dictations, sing-back and clap-back activities, as well as sight-singing. You will also find a Jazz-oriented course which focuses on Jazz chords and swing rhythms. Exercises are answered in various ways: by using an on-screen piano keyboard, by singing and clapping into a microphone, by writing notes onto a notation staff, or even by playing on a MIDI keyboard.

The exercises follow a step-by-step progression that guides the user through sequences of lessons grouped by theme. Every exercise is also customizable, which gives us the opportunity to practice specific areas outside of the main courses. We noticed that the software analyzed the answers we gave in real-time and adapted the content of the lessons and the number of questions to our performance, which is quite useful.

The included sight-singing and sing-back exercises are setting EarMaster apart from other titles dedicated to ear training. These exercises are for both melodic and rhythmic training, and allow you to play along a score or to sing and clap short excerpts of music from memory. As with the other exercises included in the software, you are starting off at a low difficulty level, and then move on to more complex melodic and rhythmic phrases. The software also offers a Music XML import feature, which enables you to do sight-singing or melody sing-back sessions with a 4-part chorales or Jazz standards for examples. There are many websites from which you can download royalty-free Music XML material, so the possibilities are almost limitless.

According to the website of the developer, an iPad version of EarMaster should be on its way, but no release date other than “in 2015” seems to be available yet.

You will find a free 7-day trial version at www.earmaster.com.

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Happy ear training!

 

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

Here’s a super cute and fun game to play with your younger piano students. It drills all the basic skills that kids will need in their first year of piano study, including note names, time signatures, rest, tempo, and dynamics symbols.

The whole game is printable, including:

Game Board
27 Playing Cards
9 Blank Cards (Add music theory symbols and terms if you want to)
Instructions

Get Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review

Looking for an app to drill basic theory skills? This iPad app from Alfred Music is a great pick for beginning students.

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Download Music for Little Mozarts App

Review

The app provides drill and practice activities for:

  • Distinguishing between High and Low Sounds
  • Melodic Direction (Up or Down)
  • Rhythmic Identification (Simple Rhythms)
  • Notes Naming Skill Development

Other notable features for this app include a point system rewards students for correct answers, and cute watercolor animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. It would be nice to see app developed that meet the growing needs of students as they progress through the Alfred series piano books.

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Browse more “The Piano Student” posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

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Meet Beethoven | App for iPad

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MMF! Piano Primer Book | App for iPad

 

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