At the Yahoo piano teacher board this week, Lisa and the very creative teachers who post often came up with a game of Battleship using a large staff. You have 2 players and give each one a grand staff. Each student draws some notes on the staff and they take turns guessing which notes to “sink”. For example, one student guesses C, third treble space, and if the other student has written that note it is “sunk”. Teachers suggested various ways to indicate a note is hit. You can laminate the staff and use an erasable marker. One teacher used push pins. If you have bingo chips you can use those. Place the students so they don’t see each other’s cards and you can give them another blank staff to mark which ones they have guessed so they won’t guess the same ones over and over. I hope I’ve written the directions correctly. If not, you can just improvise.
You can play the game with this staff. I made a staff large enough so we could use a dime as a note and move it around. Specifically I was having trouble with a very young student who could not see the “big picture.” The nice thing about this homemade staff is that you can print it (I used card stock) and send it home with the student. I like to show it to the parent and ask them to use it at home with the student. I tell them the bottom line note is G and just go up from there. Even some adults who have had music never realized how the staves are connected.