WelcomeFocus on games and activities to teach elementary theoryGoal is to leave with one game for every conceptTransitioned to teaching theory completely through games and hands-on materials 5 or 6 years agoHave collected a closet full of games since then… Before we look at games, consider 3 questions
Flashcards can include:Rhythm cardsPrompts to build scales, triads, draw key signatureGemstone Triad cards
Pitched percussionSnowball Flashcards
Giant sized keyboards
Add block to a tower, make Lego construction, piece of a puzzle, basketball hoopMr. Potato Head!
DO this one Icebreaker game for group lessons
Good for instant visual recognitionLandmarks, intervalsUse flyswatter or Hand Slapper
2 way or 3 way match
VERY versatile – Students can clap rhythm, build scales, chords, etc. on keyboard, draw sharp and flat symbols, etc.
Like Tic Tac Toe, only longerGood with Middle School kidsGood review game before theory exams – cover LOTS of different skills
GROUP GAMESGo Fish, Old Maid, Snap – 2 way matchSpoons – 3, 4 or 5 way match (could be triads, 7th chords, pentascales)Better with late elementary, middle school students
Anything that the answer is a letter:Piano Key Name, Sharp & Flat names, Key Signatures, 3rd or 5th of a triadNeed random cardsPLAY Key Signature VersionMention Krazy Keys
Turn any board game into a life-size gameboardGood for concepts with numbers – intervals, note & rest values, steps & skipsFun seasonal game – pumpkin patch, strand of Christmas lights, Easter EggsNeed element of chance
Use to introduce a conceptGood for landmarksSharp and Flat or stem placement