Celebrate Note Naming Game
Celebrate! Note Game all started when I decided to update my New Year’s game. Then I started thinking that it would be a lot more useful if I changed it into a birthday game! What is more fun than celebrating birthdays! I’ve always wanted a game I could pull out the week of a student’s birthday. But I tested this game with my students when it wasn’t their birthday, so now I realize you can play this game anytime! Everyone likes to think about birthdays. My students helped me with the reward/penalty cards, and I hope your students enjoy them as much as mine did.
To make it easier on all my dear teacher friends, and, I have to admit, myself, I color coded the note levels. The yellow stars are for beginners who are learning the notes in middle C position and the blue cards contain the rest of the notes on the grand staff. The green cards have the difficult ledger line notes that always cause students to stumble. So you can even use the ledger line version of this game at group lessons with your older students. Let’s face it, high school students don’t really want to play games with the teacher, but with a group it’s different.
There are so many ways you can play this. Every time we tested it out here in my studio, we changed around the rules. I am going to list a few ways to play, and please feel free to take it from there. And if you come up with a version your students enjoyed, leave a comment here to share with other teachers. Email me if you don’t understand the directions.
- Celebrate! game board.
- Star cards cut into circles, including the levels you wish to use and the reward/penalty star cards.
DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT/TEACHER: SHORT VERSION
- Print only one copy of the game board. You and your student will use the same game board.
- Place the note cards and the reward/penality cards in a container. Use the level of cards that are appropriate for your student.
- Each player will chose a color of star to cover. For example, the student will cover the yellow stars on the board, and the teacher will cover the blue stars.
- Players take turns closing their eyes and drawing a card from the container.
- After drawing a card, the player identifies the note and places the card on his color star on the game board.
- If young beginners do not get the note correct, help them out. The idea is to learn notes, not win. This depends on the age of the student, of course.
- The object of the game is to cover all of one color of stars on the game board.
DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT/TEACHER OR GOUP: LONGER VERSION
- Print one game board for each player.
- Print note cards with the ratio of one page per player. The cards can be all the same color (such as all yellow or all green) or a mixture of levels.
- Play the game as above, but the object is to cover all the stars (both colors) on the game board.
To review the names of notes on the staff.
Musical Christmas Lights
Musical Christmas Lights is an update of my old Christmas game. This is a bingo-type game for students who can identify notes up to sixteenth notes. The remainder of the symbols are from beginning to about level 2.
I remade it using a lot less ink. I also remade all the graphics so they looked fresher, and added a fermata to the game! For teachers who have to use black ink only printers, I made a black and white version.
Before you print, be aware that you don’t need to print both the color and black and white versions. If you don’t know how to select individual pages to print, please check out my FAQ.
- Musical Christmas Lights printable
- Calling cards for the teacher
- 20 bingo chips for each Christmas tree printable used (I use the Magnetic Wand and Bingo Chips from Amazon).
- Crayons or colored pencils for the black and white version
Directions for color version
- Print only the colored Christmas trees. Use as many individual cards as you need. If you have more than 6 students, group some on the same card.
- Print and cut out the teacher calling cards.
- Optional: Do not cut out the calling cards. Simply print and call out the symbols and put a check by the ones you have called.
- To help children find the symbols quickly, call the color and the symbol, such as “Red, quarter note.”
- The student covers the symbol on his card.
- The first student who covers all the symbols wins.
Directions for black and white version
- Print the black and white cards and the teacher calling card page.
- With the printable open on your computer monitor to the teacher calling card page, use it as a guide to label the color of each symbol on your black and white version of the teacher calling cards.
- Color the lights on the cards using the teacher calling cards as the guide to the colors.
- For a classroom, make a copy for each student. Tell the students or write on your whiteboard the color each symbol should be colored.
- Play the game using the directions for the color version, or create your own rules.
To review basic music vocabulary and symbols.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Whenever I update my music or graphics for my own students, I like to share them with you. This has been on my website a long time, but when I was just about to print it out for a student, I decided I wanted to update the picture of the partridge. While I was at it, I spaced out the measures so it would be easier to read.
I tried to make this music look appropriate for all ages, so you can use this with beginning adults as well as children.
It is very easy to improvise a duet with this song, since you can harmonize it with 4 chords while the student plays an octave higher.
Click on the link or the picture to download.
Funny Thanksgiving Food Bundle
Maybe some of you are taking a trip on Thanksgiving, and want something to keep your children busy when they get tired of movies and computer games. There are also some home school Moms who can use this in a music lesson next week.
The printables I’m posting today are old, so if you have been following my blog for a while, you recognize them. After one reader alerted me on Facebook that the link was wrong in my Thanksgiving Round Up post, I decided to freshen them up and put them all together in one PDF for you. There are two versions, one for learning piano keys, and the other has the easier notes around middle C on the staff. Each one comes in B&W and color.
The pages in color were not meant to be printed out, but to be used on an iPad or Android. There are several child-friendly PDF annotating apps you can download for your device.
However, if you want to print the color versions out, I suggest you print out just one copy of each. Put them into sheet protectors, and store them in a binder. Use page dividers to keep all the different printables organized, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Rhythm, etc. Use a dry erase marker on the printables, and you can use them over and over. If you leave the writing on the page too long it will not erase very well, so be sure to erase the marks before the end of the day. I got this tip from a teacher’s comment on my blog, and I think it’s a great way to save ink!
For those of you who do not know print out just one page of a PDF document, take at look at my FAQ here. Scroll down the page to find “How to Print on Both Sides of Flash Cards.” I give instructions on how to print just one page.