Halloween music is always a huge hit with my students! As a teacher, though, I know it has some challenges that my elementary music students haven't conquered yet- sharps, flats, staccatos, and accents, often all mixed together.
This game is a perfect icebreaker into the world of accidentals and articulations! The marks are clear to read and allows the student to focus on the new symbols without having to also decipher the staff. The game cards are flexible, with at least three different ways to play. The monster theme works well with Halloween, but is also neutral enough to be played year around. Click on the preview button to get a better look at all the cards.
1) Place two tokens on the middle of the piano keyboard. Taking turns, each player draws a card and plays the note on the card. The first one to reach the end of the piano wins.
2) Tic- Tac- Toe- Print the last page of card backs (page 11) and do not cut out. Use this as your tic-tac-toe board. Place 9 cards, face up, on the board. When the student selects a note, they take the card, play it, and then put their token on the monster. The first one to have three in a row wins the game.
3) Matching Game- separate the cards so you have only two sets- A-G flat and A-G sharp. Lay out the cards in front of the student have have them match the enharmonics e.g F# to Gb.
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