Step and Skip Music Game

Step and Skip Game

I posted a new game on my web site today. The objective is for students to quickly learn to identify steps and skips on the staff. The cards that go along with the game can also be used as step, skip, and repeat flash cards.

I had fun making this game. I only used 2 colors, blue and green, but I think the students will like it. I have blue and green markers for the students to circle steps and skips in their music.

I found some blue and green iridescent stones to use as game pieces and I’m going to put some glitter on the game board with my glitter pens.

There are other ways to play this game. One way is to use musical alphabet cards, am I have posted several of those on my website. You can also use it for ear training and play steps and skips.

 

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6 thoughts to “Step Skipping Game

  • Melissa

    Hi, your blog is wonderful! i am just starting to consider teaching piano. I am graduating this year with a degree in music and would LOVE to teach piano lessons.

    2 questions.

    1. How have you made all your lovely games and cards, on what program? did you do it all on your own?

    2. What would you charge for lessons? I would just be starting out, but I am qualified, i just haven’t had the experience. any suggestions?

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    • susanparadis

      Melissa,

      Welcome to the world of piano teaching. If you would love to do it, that is the first step.

      To answer your first question, I make all the games and cards on my home computer all by myself. Most of them are made in Photoshop. I’m just a private piano teacher who makes things and posts them on the web to share with other teachers.

      Your second question about how much to charge is harder to answer. However, I am working on a blog post soon that may answer your questions.

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  • susanparadis

    Carol, you are the first teacher to tell me all my cards are treble clef! I never noticed that. If you will be patient, I’ll make some and post them just for you! I might be able to do it in the next few days.
    I didn’t make these cards originally for this game, so when I play it, I pull out the cards I want to use and put the others away. If I have a young student who seems to want to go backwards when the steps move down, I don’t use the stepping down cards with this game. As with all my games, please modify them to work with your students, instead of the other way around. My ideas are just suggestions!
    Thanks for taking the time to comment! -Susan

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  • Carol Dawn

    Thanks for this game! It helps the beginners learn to see the progressions.
    I used it with a beginning 6-year old and she wanted to go backwards if the step or skip were “down.” Of course we didn’t make it to the finish line at all.
    Any chance of making bass clef steps and skips?
    Then perhaps we could eventually get to the end!
    Thanks in advance.

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  • susanparadis

    If you back to the website under “teaching materials” scroll down to the Step Skipping Game, and the cards are posted right after the game, the next catalog number. I posted the cards separately because I thought some teachers might have other uses for the cards. But I’ll put a link to the cards on my blog to make it easier.

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  • Rebecca

    This might be a bit of a silly question and maybe i’m just blind, but i cant see the cards to your lovely step skipping along game. The PDF opens with just one page and i couldn’t see any more links to the cards.

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