Steal A Heart Game
I created this game about five years ago for a group class I had near Valentine’s Day. It was an older group with middle school and high school age students. I told them it was a game to test them on the dreaded ledger line notes! But I also included all the notes so I could use it with more students.
They had a lot of fun playing it, stealing the same cards back and forth and trying to figure out the really hard ledger lines. They laughed a lot and I was glad that I had a game this group enjoyed.
There were really only two problems with this game in the original form:
- It used a whole lot of red ink.
- I could never remember the rules!
With that in mind and with Valentine’s coming up, I remade it. I cut the amount of red ink by about 80%. If you don’t want to use all the difficult ledger line cards, you don’t have to print them because they are on a separate page. And the game directions are included in the PDF file, so you can print them and keep it with the game.
I hope these revisions will encourage more teachers to try it. It works well with any age student and it is lots of fun.
It can also be modified for use in a private lesson.
- To review the names of notes on the grand staff.
- To learn identify ledger line notes in the bass and treble staves.
- Print a game board for each player.
- Print and cut the small note cards along the dotted lines.
- Place a stack of the little heart cards face down in reach of everyone.
- The first player draws a card, names the note, and places the card on an empty heart on his/her game board.
- Give students time to figure out the note.
- If a student draws a “Steal a Heart” card, he may take a heart card from the game board of the person on his right, but he must name the note he is stealing.
- If he draws a “Be Mine” card, he puts it over a card he has already placed on his board to protect it, and then draws another card. The other players cannot steal a card that is “protected” with the “Be Mine” card.
- If the player draws a “Give my Heart” card, he gives one of his cards to the player on his right, who must name the card before he can accept it.
- Feel free to modify the rules or change the way the game is played.
Droid Key Signatures
Happy New Year everyone! As the New Year starts, I want to thank everyone for your support. Without you, this website would not be possible and I sincerely appreciate all you do to help out.
Today I am posting 2 worksheets. These were made for students ages 9 to 11.
I wanted to make a worksheet to review key signatures, but it needed to be a little special, not just another boring worksheet. So I thought of the idea of making a secret code for some of the famous quotes from Star Wars.
IMPORTANT: When you use this, don’t tell them the quotes are from Star Wars! If you do, and they have seen the original Star Wars movie, they will fill out the missing letters without bothering to fill in the key signatures. Don’t ask me how I know this. Let me just say that I test everything out with my students!
The first worksheet includes the major keys of C,G,D,A,E,B and F. The second worksheet contains C,G,D,A,E, plus F, B flat, E flat, and A flat. Be sure to encourage students to put the flat sign on the keys B flat, E flat, and A flat. It doesn’t help solve the message, but it is important they get used to adding the flats. I ask my student what if they are playing in a band and the key is E flat, but they wrote down E. And then I play Jingle Bells with one hand in the key of E and the other in E flat!
This turned out to be a fun way to review key signatures! I hope your students like it, too!
Ornament Intervals 2nd to Octave
Here is the last ornament worksheet I will have time to make this year. Thanks very much to Peggy for proofing it for me!
FYI, if you have some students who are looking for Hanukkah worksheets, I made some a few years ago and you might want to check them out.
More Ornament Notes
Today I am posting another Christmas interval worksheet. I made it to help students recognize seconds, thirds, and fifths. This worksheet words very well on an iPad also, because all the student has to do is add a check to the correct answer. I think I have time to make another one before group lessons next week that will include all the intervals, so check back.
Also, I want to thank my readers for your wonderful support of my trio arrangement of Carol of the Bells. I am overwhelmed with gratitude! I wrote it because there is a need for simple trios that can be learned with very little practice for a program or group lesson. If your students are playing this I would love it if you would go to my store, select it, and add a review!
If you are looking for all my free music you can find a link to it all here. Christmas Music
If you’re looking for the golden oldie material I made before 2013, use this link. You will find games, worksheets, and printables. Christmas Material before 2013
FYI, this is my original website. At the top you can select worksheets, games, teacher aids, or music. At the bottom, there are tiny numbers to go to the rest of the pages. I’ve been trying to get my web master to fix that! Be prepared for a lot of scrolling!