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Halloween Board Game – 7 page file includes staff flash cards, keyboard flash cards, and back for cards
Included in the file
One of the reasons I started making my own games years ago is because I couldn’t find any affordable games for piano students that could be played in 5 minutes. I need games that don’t take longer than going through flash cards.
After I made the LadyBug game and discovered how much students like it yet how well it helps students learn notes, I started making variations of it for different times of the year. [If you would prefer some Fall games without the Halloween theme, here is the link to some. Fall Music Games. I’ve also made a lot of Thanksgiving games.]
But I added a twist to this version: The Card of Doom!
I originally posted this several years ago without the keyboard flash cards which are posted above in a separate file. You can use the other cards along with it. When I plan to use this game I post a sign on my door that says, “Beware the Card of Doom.” Of course my students know it’s just a joke.
The original file contains 7 pages:
- The board game
- The keyboard flash cards
- Three pages of flash cards
- Fun directional cards, including the Card of Doom
- The optional colorful back
How to Print
- Download and save the file.
- For a fabulous looking game board, use photo paper and laminate.
- Insert photo paper to print the game board. When the print box opens up, under “Pages to Print” select “Pages.” In the dialog box, type “1” because you are only printing the first page. Set it aside to dry.
- Insert card stock to print the cards. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” again and type “2-6.” If you can only print one page of card stock at a time, type a different number for each page.
- To print the optional back of the flash cards, re-insert the printed card pages so that you will be printing on the back. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” and type “7” because it is the 7th page that has the colorful back. [To keep from wasting ink, be sure you know how to do this. See my FAQ. ]
This game can be played with students only, or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the note cards with the instruction cards. The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. I try to make sure the students win more than they lose, so sometimes I have to get creative!
- To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
- To learn the word “octave.”
The Boy Who Didn’t Like Halloween $3.99 Two Versions, Three Scores Included
Unlimited Printing Within Your Studio
Level One Version mp3 with Duet
Students Love Halloween Music!
They also like funny songs. The Boy Who Didn’t Like Halloween is a child-centered piece for students from first to fourth grade. I wrote it like a ballad, so I tell my students it is a song to play on the piano. The words are funny and my students laughed out loud. I based the words on things my students have said over the years, so I think they can relate. Of course there is a happy ending!
As a side note, I tried so hard to remove the 8th notes from Level One. But since the words are the rhythm, I just couldn’t make it work. And frankly, this song is all about the words. I suggest if the 8th notes are bothersome in the Level One version, either teach the rhythm by rote or change the eighths to quarter notes.
Two Levels Are Included
I thought several of my students at different levels would enjoy this, so I wrote it in a Level One and an easy Level Two version. The versions are in different keys to fit the levels. I also wrote a teacher duet to go with the Level One version. But instead of writing a hard-to-read duet on one staff that even my parents with years of piano lessons have trouble with, I wrote it on two staves so that it is easy for parents or an older student with a few years of piano to play along. Also included in an ink-saving cover which I put on the front page using the “fast” setting on my printer to save even more ink. I think a little art helps with artistry. Please note that the accompaniment (duet part) is for the Level One version only, but both versions are stand alone pieces that can be played solo at recitals.
This is a studio license, so a single teacher can make unlimited copies of each level.
I’ve finally completed some of my older pre-reading Halloween pieces in portrait format. When I did this last year with the on-the-staff Halloween and Christmas music, I thought it was going to be so easy to rotate them from landscape to portrait. Well, it was not as easy as I thought. I had to start all over from the beginning. The only things I didn’t have to re-do was my drawings. However, the benefit is that we can put the pages in a binder without having to take it out to play or awkwardly turning their binder sideways. My parents and students really appreciate the portrait orientation, and I hope you do too! At the bottom of this page there is a link to the same pieces on-the-staff.
[Edited: I’m sorry to say I made some mistakes when I remade some of the pieces. I’ve tried to fix them all. Thank you so much for letting me know!]
Don’t forget most of these are also available as on-the-staff versions!