I believe this is the first “computer-made” game I posted on my website to share with others. It has been downloaded many times by music teachers all over the world. When I originally made it, I didn’t know how to combine PDF files into a multi-page document and I’ve always intended to fix that.
So I finally did! While I was at it, I remade the art on the game board and the step and skip cards. Styles change, just like clothes, and I learn how to do things better.
If you have never printed the old Step Skipping Along game, you might want to try out this new version. The directions are very simple. Even so, it is a helpful game that helps students recognize steps and skips quickly, and that makes them better sight-readers.
- To recognize skips and steps on the bass and treble staves
- All students who are working on steps and skips on the staff
- Game token for each player
- Game Board printed on card stock
- Step and skips cards printed on card stock (fits business card stock, too)
- Optional back for cards
Directions for 2 players
- The first player draws and identifies a card as a step, skip, or repeat.
- If it is a repeated note, the student stays in the same place.
- If it is a third, the student moves his token forward, skipping the note next to the one he is on. Skips will be to notes of the same color.
- If the note is a second, the student moves his token forward to the next note. It will be a note of a different color.
- If a student draws an (optional) card with text, he follows the directions.
- The first player who reaches “finish” is the winner.
- The optional cards with written instructions speed up the game if you have very limited time.
Why I like this game
- The directions are easy and I don’t forget how to play it.
- It focuses on one skill: reading steps, skips, and repeats.
- It is a very fast game that a teacher can play with a student in less than 5 minutes
- It is good for all ages of beginners.