For students who are working their way through Sing and Play I have some pumpkin and leaf stick notation rhythms. There are loads of games you can play with these rhythm cards.
- matching pairs game
- Here sits a Mousie – see my previous post
- Poison rhythms where you select one rhythm to be the poison. Then echo clap a variety of rhythms and if the student echoes the poison one then they are out
- Post Office Rhythms – you clap the rhythms and leave one out. Each time the student hears a rhythm then they “post” the rhythm into a box or envelope (or just make a pile). See if the one that’s left at the end matches the one you left out
Letter Name Race
For those who have moved onto letter names with Crazy Steps I have a fun racing game on the keyboard. Even my more advanced students enjoyed this game and some weren’t as fast as I’d hoped they would be!
You and the student place a counter on the lowest key on the piano. One of you takes the pumpkins and one takes the leaves. Turn over each card and move up the the next key that matches that letter. It’s a race to the top. You will need to reuse the cards to get to the top. If they are new to letter names they can count up the alphabet. However if they are more confident you should try and persuade them to recognise the keys by pattern, not counting.