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.]
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.
Rhythm Cards Set 1
Rhythm Cards Set 2
Rhythm Cards Set 3
I’m back from a wonderful piano camp with Elizabeth Gutierrez and the nicest group of teachers you could ever want to talk to! I am so glad I got to meet them and to visit San Antonio again. Today I am posting a set of rhythm flash cards that are *color coded* so that I can quickly pull out the ones I need. That really helps me save time. The flash cards start at primer level and progress up to intermediate. The levels below are not meant to go along with any specific method book, but are simply the progression I made the cards, especially at the later levels.
- Red = Beginning Set
- Aqua = Set 2A (8th notes)
- Green = Set 2B (dotted quarters)
- Purple = Set 3 (6/8 and triplets)
- Yellow = Set 4 (16th notes)
- Blue = Set 5 (dotted eighths)
- Magenta = Set 6 (5-note tuplet and quarter note triplet)
These cards are in 3 separate PDF files to make it easier to print just the levels you need. There are 2 cards to a page. (My web go-to guy told me not to make my PDF files too big because it might cause the site to crash.) Remember to set your printer in landscape orientation. I can think of about 50 ways to use these cards, but that is a future post. I bet you can come up with lots of ideas!
[Ed. I will use this post to list all past and future material with British terminology, as well as the material in the graphic above.]
Sometimes I forget that not every English-speaking person uses the same music vocabulary. Thanks to some help from a British teacher, here are some of my rhythm worksheets that I have re-made using crotchets, minims, quavers, and semibreves. I also changed measure to bar, staff to stave, and the spelling of yogurt. I hope I haven’t made any mistakes because a lot of this was new to me!
When you open a file, you do not have to print each page. Print only what you need. Check out my FAQ if you do not know how to do this.
UK Rhythm Worksheets is a colorful set of 5 beginning level worksheets.
UK Memory Games is a set of matching games. There are two games in this file, both for beginners. One features rhythm values and the other has basic vocabulary words. Cut them out and place the cards face down. Students (or student and teacher) take turns turning 2 cards up, trying to find a match. You can read more about how to play these games on my website, such as this page.
UK Rhythm Review is a set of 6 levels of rhythm worksheets. This is a good way to find out how much transfer students know or use as a review.
UK Grand Staves is a set of color and black and white grand staves. Two have the notes written in, and two are blank so students can write in the notes.
UK Rhythm Round About Game Cards go with the Rhythm Round About Game. This is a GREAT game to teach rhythm vocabulary. It’s very colorful and uses lots of ink, but beginning students love it.
I included the UK in the name of the files so it would help you distinguish which ones are new. I hope all my friends from around the world who use these terms will find these printables useful.
Now I really wish I had a pot of tea and some scones with clotted cream and jam!
Rhythm Flash Cards
These rhythm flash cards are about the size of a deck of playing cards. They are small enough for students to hold in their hands to play card games. A variety of levels are included, from beginning to late intermediate, whole notes to dotted eighths and sixteenths.
There are 6 pages of flash cards in this printable. The last page is a colorful graphic designed for the back of the cards so they are more fun. You can print only the pages of the cards you need. You will have to reinsert the graphic for the back of the cards into your printer. If you are not sure how to do this, look at the FAQ on this blog. Scroll down until you see “How to Print On Both Sides of Flash Cards.”
To keep the pattern for the back of the cards lined up evenly and to look nice, I didn’t make a cutting line all the way across the page. Instead, there is a thin white line to cut on.
If you are not going to print the colorful graphic for the back, take a ruler and connect the dotted lines on the front (the black and white side) of the cards before you cut them out.
For my young children, I made two sets of the first page (the easy patterns) so we could play “Go Fish”. I also played matching the cards with them, because matching these patterns is often a challenge for young beginning students. They also love to play the patterns on rhythm instruments.
With older students, we simply tap some cards at the end of lessons or string them together to make a phrase and tap. Sometimes I put a few of the cards on a table and one person taps while the other guesses the correct pattern.
These cards are very useful as a review for the bonus question of the Texas theory test. They are also helpful when a student is first learning eighth notes.
I am certainly open to suggestions on more ways to use these. If you have a good game or idea, please leave a comment here to share with others!