If you are teaching around the 4th of July, here is my beginning rhythm memory game with a patriotic theme. You can use it for all the patriotic holidays, so keep that in mind. This version is for beginning students who have at least learned basic notes and rests. It is a good game to check if they are really learning their note values.
There are no 8th notes so it can be played with young students. And, if you’re playing with young students, if they beat you, the teacher, they will want to play over and over. Remember, the more they play, the more they remember. So help them win. Also, young students will need a lot of help with the directions.
There are 3 pages in this file. The second page has the optional backs, and the third page has the grid I use with younger children to keep the cards in the correct space. Using sturdy card stock, print one side; turn your paper over and print the other side. You must use card stock, or students will be able to see through the cards.
In case you do not know how to play memory games, here are the directions.
- The object of the game is to match a note to its rhythm value in 4|4 meter.
- Arrange the cards with the notes and numbers face down in a 4 X 4 grid.
- The first player turns over two cards. If the note and rhythm match, the student keeps the cards and plays again. If not, it is the other person’s turn.
- Play continues until all the cards are gone.
- The winner is the player with the most cards. Let them win as much as possible.
- Young children need help learning how to play this. They have trouble putting the cards that don’t match exactly back where they found them so that the next person knows where the matches are. This is why the grid (3rd page in this file) is really helpful.
I often play this at a private lesson, with the student playing the game with me. I’m not very good with this type of game and the students can easily beat me!