In continuation of the series about music theory at our piano mini-camp, here are the descriptions of a few more of the activities we did:
Music Adventures Board Game
In my music theory classes, one of my goals was to cover as many areas within the broad scope of “music theory” as I could. The gem stones activity covered 5FPs/scales/key signatures; the rhythm dictation game covered rhythm and ear training, and the Hear & Sign game covered more ear training. This game, called “Music Adventures,” focuses mostly on music terminology, but also on note reading and identifying intervals.
You may recognize this game from the picture on the right: I created this piano-bench-sized board game earlier this year, and it is available for download on the Printables > Other Resources page.
To prepare for this game, we first quickly reviewed some music terms on the chalkboard. Then I set the students loose in teams of 2 to play this music board game. You can vary the length of this game by using either one die or two dice. I had lots of things I wanted to do in my 30-minute classes, so I gave each team two dice. We played this game one time, on the second day of camp.
Susan Paradis’ Music Bingo
I used Susan’s Music Bingo game at a group lesson about a year ago and it was a huge hit, and I thought this was a good opportunity to use it again! I used this game on the last day of camp, and it was quite a fun way to end the day.
To cover the spaces on the Bingo sheet, instead of using the red markers picture on the right we used the same colored glass stones that we used for the gem notes on keyboard & staff activity. One less thing to haul along from home with me to camp. =)
Stay tuned – there is one more post about our music theory activities coming soon!