Piano Tic Tac Toe is a funny practice aid that explains how to keep track of practicing with a tic tac toe board. It’s not a game, but it is a poster you can either use in your lessons, or put in your student’s binder to read at home. The objective is to encourage students to practice difficult sections slowly by playing a tic tac toe game with themselves. A cute little dog explains how to do it. I’ve always thought that a little humor goes a long way!
Students draw a tic tac toe game on a sheet of paper. They chose a few tricky measures they need to spot practice. They slowly play the measures and if they play correctly, they draw an X. If they play incorrectly, they draw an O. Once they have three X’s in a row, they can move on. This is obviously for younger students who have short attention spans. When students are older, then I suggest different games where they have to play the section correctly 3 or more times in a row or start over. But this game does not require that, so it is a very good way for beginners to learn how to practice slowly and carefully. I hope your students enjoy it. Be sure to ask students if they know what the initials in the little dog’s name stand for!
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