It’s almost group week in my studio again! Next week is the last groups of the semester, which makes me a little sad – group classes are my favorites! Since our studio recitals are scheduled for next month, we’re going to be devoting a good portion of most classes to performing, but will still have time for a few games to wrap up some of our theory objectives for the year.
I’ve recently introduced diminished and augmented triads to several intermediate groups and wanted a fun new way to review them. One of the challenges I find in teaching monthly group lessons is that by the time students have been in my studio for several years, they’ve played all of my games, so I have to keep finding new ones!
After a little experimenting, here’s what I decided on:
This “Connect-A-Chord” game is a version of musical Scrabble, with a few rules tweaked to make it work with triads. The goal is to use the lettered tiles to spell chords. This month, we’ll be spelling major, minor, augmented and diminished chords (in any inversion), but this would also work for 7th chords. Players place their gamepieces on the board then must name the root and quality of the chord. Just like Scrabble, they receive points for each tile, plus bonus points for landing on a treble or bass clef symbol.
I did add an extra set of “Free Start” cards to the game to keep play going. Each player is given 2 cards at the start of the game. If they reach a turn where they are unable to play using the tiles already on the board, but can spell a triad on their own, they can turn in a “Free Start” card and place their letters on any space on the board.
A PDF file with the gameboard, letter tiles and cards is available for download on my studio website. Both assembly and playing instructions are included (the board prints on 4 pages, then will need to be cut and taped together).