Do you have new beginners in your studio this summer? This colorful new game is just for them!
I like to give my beginning students numerous opportunities to work with the music alphabet and ascending/descending patterns before they are introduced to music on the staff. Diligent pre-staff preparation (especially on those pesky descending patterns) really pays off in the long-run.
This game includes cards to drill alphabet patterns:
and piano key names:
To play, each student will need a game piece. (The ducks in the picture above are pencil-top erasers I picked up at my local teacher supply store.) Students take turns drawing cards, and moving their game piece down the trail on the game board. The first student to draw a card that takes them past the last boulder on the board is the winner!
You can find the downloadable game file on the Games page or at the bottom of this post. To assemble the gameboard, cut the 6 panels apart, then tape together to form one long board. I used clear shipping tape to attach the panels of my board, leaving just enough space between each panel to allow the board to “hinge” easily.
If you’d like to save ink, the game cards could be printed in black & white on colored paper or cardstock. There are 2 optional cardback designs included at the end of the file – one color and one black & white.