Transform your music classroom or studio into a haunted house with fun, spooky activities for your students this Halloween! Students will explore five "rooms" and complete a different musical task in each in order to exit the haunted house:
-The Organ Room (play a piece they are learning)
-The Laboratory (create rhythm-based potions) - rhythms included: eighth notes (two beamed), quarter note, dotted quarter note, quarter rest, half note, half rest, dotted half note, whole note, whole rest, tie
-The Reflectorium (match terms to their definitions, all on "mirrors")
-The Cobweb-Filled Passageway (decode zodiac animal symbols to reveal melodies which students can sing in solfege) - included melodies: Star Light, Star Bright; Bounce High, Bounce Low; A Tisket, A Tasket; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Hot Cross Buns; Beethoven - Ode to Joy (from the Ninth Symphony); Dvorak - New World Symphony Theme; Vivaldi - Spring from The Four Seasons (excerpt); J.S. Bach - Minuet in G Major (excerpt)
-Haunted Music Library (play a newly-composed hand bell/boomwhacker ensemble)
Students gain permission to move from one room to the next by activating elemental magic contained within one of their five Zodiac Cards (the power is "released" by correctly answering the musical question on the back). There are six different types of zodiac cards, each aligned to one of the animals of the zodiac, which you can randomly assign to your students: Boar (Fire), Dog (Water), Rat (Thunder), Tiger (Earth), Rooster (Ice), and Ox (Light).
This ready-to-print lesson includes the following materials:
-General instructions, materials needed, and premise
-Zodiac Magic Activator
-Signage and instructions for all areas
-Decoding key and encrypted melodies for the Cobweb-Filled Passageway
-20 Potion Recipes for the Laboratory (as well as a blank one for students to write their own potion), Halloween-themed rhythms
-Mirrors (terms and definitions) for the Reflectorium
-30 Zodiac Cards (3 sets with pre-made questions, as well as an editable Word document if you would like to add your own questions)
-Score for the original song "Creeping Shadows" for the Haunted Music Library, color-coded for use with hand bells and boomwhackers, as well as an mp3 accompaniment
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