I made this last year, using a Valentine variation of the Quarter Note Hunt. All of my younger students played it at their private lesson the week of Valentine’s. They liked it so much we also played it at our performance class.
Students should be familiar with the rhythm names of notes. If they are beginners and are not secure in the names yet, use the game as a way to teach rhythm identification. It is a fast way to learn the names of notes.
- review rhythm note names by sight
- quickly identify rhythms under pressure
- play a fun, seasonal game in less than 3 minutes
- Younger children, ages 5-8
- Printed Valentine rhythm cards, cut and folded, but not laminated
- stop watch or mobile phone timer
Print and cut out these Valentine rhythm cards and fold to make a tent card. Before your student arrives, place the cards around the room with the heart side facing out. Call out a rhythm value, such as “quarter note,” and start the timer. Have your student quickly find all the notes of that value. If you have time, your students can hunt for other note values. Depending on the age of the students, don’t hide them too carefully or they will not be able to find them! It is so much fun to watch them quickly run around the room looking for notes!
Children love this game. It can be used at an individual lesson or with a group.