More Floor Staff Fun

Thanks to all of you who shared ideas for creating and using on-the-floor staff lines (see last post).    All of my students last week were curious about the “funny-looking green tape on the floor”, which meant the staff got a LOT of use (and I remembered to take a few pictures to share)!

In addition to the beanie babies I picked up, I went on a search for some note-like manipulatives students could use to practice placing notes on the staff.  I had initially planned to design some printable paper notes with letter names, but kept my eyes peeled while I ran errands last week and ended up finding some heavy-duty plastic party plates (thanks to Amy for the black disc suggestion!!).   With these, I can just tape on flashcards I already have.   This week we’ve used letter cards:

More letter cards:

And keyboard flashcards:

If you don’t already have flashcards like these, there are sets of Music Alphabet Cards and Keyboard Note Cards available on my studio site (scroll down to the “Theory Flash Card” section at the bottom of the page).

I’d love to hear any other ideas teachers have used with floor staff lines – if there’s an activity or manipulative your students have enjoyed, please leave a comment!

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More Floor Staff Fun — 5 Comments

  1. My floor staff is a large dark grey rug that I painted a grand staff on (bright yellow).

    With a group, I play Simon Says: Simon says stand on bass clef line 1, etc. This is good when they’re first learning the lines and spaces.

    Later I have them toss a bean bag onto the floor staff and name the note it lands on.

    Note hockey: I have a mayonnaise jar lid which happens to be just the right diameter to fit between two lines. Have two teams, Treble and Bass. They start with the lid (puck) on middle C and roll interval dice to send it up and down (you can have one team rolling up and one rolling down, or if you have two dice with arrows they can roll both, and move the puck both up and down each turn — but that tends to make it extremely difficult to score). Use a mini hockey stick to move (slide, not shoot!) the puck up or down.

    The bass clef team scores when the puck gets down to bass line 1; treble clef team scores at treble line 5. I just realized you could also designate other landmark spots to score (eg. C above and C below middle C) if you wanted to make it easier to score.

    • Alice,

      Thanks for sharing! It’s funny you mention Simon Says… I’m working on another set of Simon Says gameboards at the moment.

      I LOVE the hockey idea!!! I made notes to myself just this morning that I needed to review intervals with a couple of students – this will make a perfect game for their next lesson. I’m excited to try it!


    • now that the weather is nice….How about draw the treble/bass cleff and with sidewalk chalk, draw these, have piano students use mayo lid/ hockey sticks and have an outdoor activity before/after lesson???

  2. My class favourite is still toss note, where you toss a beanbag, and tell what note it landed on. For more fun during the olympics I got my son’s hot wheels ramp and set it so that it ended about a foot off the ground. I had the students take a rounded smooth checker, and let it go down the ramp, and the students told where it landed. That one got a lot of laughs as the checkers tended to roll quite far, and had everyone scrambling to catch them if they left the staff.


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