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Bats and Cats Rhythm Game

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Bats and Cats Rhythm Game

If you have a group lesson coming up or you are looking for a Halloween game, here is one I posted a few years ago. I’m reposting it today in case you have forgotten about it.  A lot of teachers think this game is just for beginners because the game board has only easy note values. But there are 3 sets of cards for this game, and each set gets progressively more difficult. The third set has 16th notes beamed with 8th notes which is in the 4th level books of most modern method books.

Print out just the levels you want to use. The first page has directions to the game, so there is no need to print that page on card stock. This game looks really lovely printed on photo paper, which I buy at Dollar Tree. At 8 pages for $1.00, it is very reasonable and really makes the color pop out. I also laminate the game board. Be sure to print out more than one page of the rhythm cards if you use this with a group.

[Last year I made a companion to this game, but for notes instead of rhythm.  Students enjoy it, too, and I also made keyboard cards for beginners to use with it. You can find the note game here.]

Bats And Cats Notes

Directions to Bats and Cats Rhythm Game

  • Print two game boards, one for the student and one for the teacher. If playing with a group, print one game board for each student.
  • Print out the bat rhythm cards on cards stock and cut them into squares. If playing with a group, print more cards. Using your printer’s settings, print the cards with the rhythms that are appropriate for your student and omit the rhythms the student has not learned.
  • Divide the cards equally among the players or use a common stack for the cards, depending on how many cards you use.
  • Players take turns drawing a card, counting the rhythm, and placing it over a corresponding rhythm on the game board. If a player draws a card with the corresponding rhythm already covered, place it in a discard pile to be shuffled and used again.
  • The game is over when the first player covers all 9 squares.

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Hide the Pumpkins

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Hide the Pumpkins Keyboard Worksheet – identify  piano keys
Hide the Pumpkins On the Staff – review the notes around middle C
Hide the Pumpkins Black & White – for teachers without color printers

Today I am posting a set of pumpkin Halloween and Thanksgiving worksheets in three different versions. Pumpkins are a healthy food as well as a traditional autumn decoration.  Who can resist the giant orange fruit that is seen all over the landscape this time of the year?

These worksheets are for beginning students. One version is for piano keys and the other version has the nine notes on the staff around middle C. The staff version is also available in black and white for those of you without color printers.

If you plan to use the version with keyboards, be sure and check out the Pumpkin Keyboard Race which is a fun game for learning piano keys sitting on the bench.  Also check out The Pumpkin Patch board game I posted last year that also reviews notes on the staff, and includes more notes than on today’s worksheets, including some ledger line notes. It also has keyboard cards for beginners, so it can be played with many levels of students.

I hope you enjoy this material! By downloading these  free printables,  you agree to the following terms of use:

  • These printables are for your private use with piano students. 
  • The  files and printed copies may not be shared outside of your home or studio either electronically or any other method.
  • The files and/or graphics may not be posted on another internet site. Instead leave a link to this page. 
  • This material may not be sold. 
  • The art is also protected by copyright and may not be altered or used on other material. 

Thank you!  

 

 

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Updated Primer Halloween Music

Halloween Music

Finally! I’m running a little late, but I’ve remade all the primer level Halloween music into portrait orientation so it will fit in my student’s binders! Yeah! Now it is so much easier for them to open their binders and play. And hopefully, while they have their binders opened, they will actually look at what else I’ve assigned and practice it!

These are easy enough to be used by students who have just learned to read some notes on the staff.

Two of these pieces have an autumn theme with no mention of Halloween. Those two are See the Scarecrow and Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater. So if you have students who don’t play Halloween music, you can use these.

The music isn’t new, and if you’ve been using my site for years, I’m sure you have seen these before. What is new is the portrait orientation and I’ve updated the art in 3 of them. Some of these have duets and some don’t. It depends on how much room I had on the page.

This music is very short, except for Five Little Pumpkins. If you are having a Halloween recital, they can either play the piece twice, the second time in a different octave, or they can learn 2 or 3 of them and play them as a set. For those of you who are new teachers, the easiest ones have no skips, and I’m listing those first.

Some of you have been having trouble downloading my bigger files, so I am posting these separately. I hope your students enjoy the new portrait format of these pieces!

  1. Halloween Halloween Portrait
  2. See the Scarecrow Portrait
  3. Halloween is almost Here Portrait
  4. Once Year On Halloween Portrait
  5. Peter Pumpkin Eater
  6. Hey Mr Mummy Portrait
  7. Five Little Pumpkins Revised

By downloading this free music you agree to the following terms of use:

  • This music is for your private use with piano students or family and may be performed in recitals.
  • This files may not be shared outside of your home or studio either electronically or any other method.
  • The music may not be posted on another internet site and it may not be sold.
  • The art is also protected by copyright and may not be used on other material.

Thank you!  

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Don’t Swipe My Sharp! – An Easy Game To Learn Sharps and Flats

Don't Swipe My Sharp

Don’t Swipe My Sharp

The other day a student was working on accidentals while his sibling was waiting. “Why don’t you play the Don’t Swipe My Sharp game?” he asked. He told me that it was one of his favorite games and it really helps to learn sharps and flats. An older students thought this game up and if you don’t use the cutesy game pieces, it makes a good game for older students.

Even if you don’t have much time in your lesson for activities, I think this one is worth it. It is really lots of fun, with players swapping playing pieces back and forth, but learning while they play.

I  totally remade the playing cards with new graphics that fit a business card template, and I added a lot more “Swipe” cards, which has made the game so much more fun.  Get the PDF here. There is also a page of instructions, so don’t use your business card stock on that. I included the instruction page so you can store it with your cards in case you forget how to play. If you have already downloaded this game, I hope it has helped your students!

It is hard to explain this game, even though it is easy, so I made this visual guide. If you don’t understand it, let me know.

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