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#1318970 12/05/09 02:37 PM
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Please share any fun games you use in your lessons...and those who will say, "My students don't need games, they pay attention at every single lesson because of their deep passion for music and I don't need gimmicks to reel them in" need not reply.

I recently found a game that's been great at holding attention. We roll dice and the student plays a section we're working on. If there's no mistakes, expression is there, or whatever we're focusing on at the moment (fingering, tempo, etc), the student gets the points. Mistakes mean I get the points. First one to 50 wins. Boys LOVE this game and play more methodically than they regularly do.

what games do you use?


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I will read this topic avidly, but I won't post any comments, since I've been warned. (LOL) I just might learn something useful about games here, Mrs. Camels. And, I would have you to thank!

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LOL Betty wink
I will probably post a game later, for now "bump" and see my Under-The-Hat in the 'embarrassing' thread.

I play dice game too, it's a serious game for getting ready for performance (altho it's fun too).


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Dice! I love it!
I bribe with starburst. No, I mean I reward with starburst.:-) The thing is, the kids know it's just a symbol of success. It's especially funny after halloween when they have gobs of candy at home. They still get excited about a starburst - because it's my way of saying (besides all the words I use) that they did a really great job. I don't give them out lightly. Same thing with stickers. Most of the time I just forget about stickers - but when I do think of it, they get incredibly excited.


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I learned a variation of the dice game from practicespot.com (or the book by Philip Johnston). In this version, the dice are invisible/imaginary. That means the student chooses the number. It allows them to evaluate how confident they are with a section and select points accordingly.

Instead of teacher getting the points, the student loses the points if a mistake is made. Negative numbers are allowed and the student must keep going until 30 points are reached.


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Karisofia #1320065 12/07/09 05:33 AM
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Another excellent game courtesy of Philip Johnston's The practice Revolution (and on his website too)

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If your play through of the section is good advance one square, if you erred go back a square (if you're in the swamp stay in the swamp).
They think they can do it Mwahahahahahaha, but it's harder than it looks. BTW Philip Johnston just uses a piece of paper folded into 8 squares. My version is better (must send him a copy smile )


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i have a few games depending on age and level. Everyone's favourite seems to be the "matching game". it's a memory game, with cards face down. You have to try and match the note to it's specific value. As they learn you add more complicated notes, add in rests, then eventually you take away the numbers and replace them with the names of the notes/rests. We ususally play against each other, but sometimes i'll let them do it on their own, and it's a race, but for every wrong match they think is right i give them a 5 second penalty.

Generally, my kids like anything if it's a race. I have flash cards with notes on a staff, and we go through them as fast as we can, not moving to the next card until they get it right. Same things with scales, but they need to be played perfectly! If they skip fingers, notes, or play "mushy" then it's more time penalties.



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I did the dice thing today and it worked great! It was great for those spots where I get tired of saying "OK, try it again" - blah blah blah. It really made them focus!

THANKS for that tip!!!


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Canonie, I agree--your version is much better. I may have to steal it!


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Canonie, I agree--your version is much better. I may have to steal it!

Hehe, you are most welcome to, sorry the quality is not great but maybe you can draw it again or make it a bit clearer.

I always enjoy the way Philip Johnston describes approaching this game with trepidation and great caution "not for the faint hearted" "there may be tears.." etc etc. But kids get off on the competativeness of something like this. How many times do hear myself say "no we are Not playing seven stages of misery again today!"

Oh and some students have complained that my worst scenarios are in the first 3 stages, but I say no, an empty fridge (exam, stolen bike) is much worse because is can Really Happen to You! *more evil laughter*


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This is a fun rhythm game especially good for beginners.

After you have taught a few basic note values, write out the rhythm of a simple piece that the student knows (for example Baa baa black sheep using 1/2 1/4 1/8 notes), then cut up with scissors into individual bars. Lay them randomly on a table and tell the student the name of the song. They have to put them in order as quick as possible.

It's a nice game because students can achieve this after a handful of lessons so it gives them an early experience of reading before they can read notes on the staff. They seem to enjoy it.

Bar = measure.


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