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Celebrate! Note Game all started when I decided to update my New Year’s game. Then I started thinking that it would be a lot more useful if I changed it into a birthday game! What is more fun than celebrating birthdays! I’ve always wanted a game I could pull out the week of a student’s birthday. But I tested this game with my students when it wasn’t their birthday, so now I realize you can play this game anytime! Everyone likes to think about birthdays. My students helped me with the reward/penalty cards, and I hope your students enjoy them as much as mine did.
To make it easier on all my dear teacher friends, and, I have to admit, myself, I color coded the note levels. The yellow stars are for beginners who are learning the notes in middle C position and the blue cards contain the rest of the notes on the grand staff. The green cards have the difficult ledger line notes that always cause students to stumble. So you can even use the ledger line version of this game at group lessons with your older students. Let’s face it, high school students don’t really want to play games with the teacher, but with a group it’s different.
There are so many ways you can play this. Every time we tested it out here in my studio, we changed around the rules. I am going to list a few ways to play, and please feel free to take it from there. And if you come up with a version your students enjoyed, leave a comment here to share with other teachers. Email me if you don’t understand the directions.
- Celebrate! game board.
- Star cards cut into circles, including the levels you wish to use and the reward/penalty star cards.
DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT/TEACHER: SHORT VERSION
- Print only one copy of the game board. You and your student will use the same game board.
- Place the note cards and the reward/penality cards in a container. Use the level of cards that are appropriate for your student.
- Each player will chose a color of star to cover. For example, the student will cover the yellow stars on the board, and the teacher will cover the blue stars.
- Players take turns closing their eyes and drawing a card from the container.
- After drawing a card, the player identifies the note and places the card on his color star on the game board.
- If young beginners do not get the note correct, help them out. The idea is to learn notes, not win. This depends on the age of the student, of course.
- The object of the game is to cover all of one color of stars on the game board.
DIRECTIONS FOR STUDENT/TEACHER OR GOUP: LONGER VERSION
- Print one game board for each player.
- Print note cards with the ratio of one page per player. The cards can be all the same color (such as all yellow or all green) or a mixture of levels.
- Play the game as above, but the object is to cover all the stars (both colors) on the game board.
To review the names of notes on the staff.