Music and Teaching Materials by Susan Paradis
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Snowflake Keyboard Race
Sub-type: Music Reading
If you did not play the Shamrock Keyboard Race game last year, you can try it during the winter months with a snowflake graphic.
Print 2 pages of the cards and cut them out. Give one set to the student and the other set to the teacher. Both players sit on the piano bench with their cards, which have been mixed up. Each player has a set of cards on his side of the piano. Players take turns drawing a card and moving a pawn to the key they draw. The player on the right side always moves to the left and the player on the left side always moves to the right , with both players moving toward the middle. The first player to pass middle is the winner.
You may run out of cards before you get to the middle, so you can turn the cards over and start again, or you can print out more cards and play past middle C and down to the other end of the keyboard.
I added an F# and Bb card to the deck, but I will not use it with beginning students. I included it just in case you play this with a student who is starting to learn sharps and flats.
Download PDF document.