This GREAT game idea was posted by Cecilly on the Yahoo Piano Teacher’s List. I have made up some ornaments with landmarks, and several variations that you can use.
Ornaments with Landmarks
All Notes on the Staff
Letter Names – including sharps and flats
Christmas Stockings with Letter Names – Just for something different!
Here are Cecilly’s directions:
Just a quick mention of another of my off the bench activities, this one to reinforce my Celebrate Piano student’s landmarks (Bass C, Bass F, Mid. C, Treble G, and Treble C).
It’s a “Swat the Landmark” game.
1. Flashcards of each landmark note
3. Flyswatter (with a hole cut out of the center so you can see the card it’s slapped on)
To play: lay out all the cards face up randomly on the floor. Seat player on the floor in front of cards with flyswatter in hand. You control the timer. Set timer for 60 seconds (I use a 1 min. egg timer). At “go” you call out a landmark by name after which the student slaps at the corresponding flash card. If correct, a point is earned, if wrong a point is deducted. Immediately after a slap, call out “correct” or “error” then the name of another landmark. Names may be repeated. See how many points can be earned in 1 min. time. Slapping too hastily (and often incorrectly) will hurt the player’s total. Record their base score and then on subsequent playings, try to beat that score.
Just for fun during this holiday time, I’ve made a large simply
shaped Christmas tree cut out of green poster board. I’ve mounted it on my wall with poster putty, and then am going to mount the landmark cards randomly on the tree (like ornaments) also with poster putty. The student can then stand up to play the game. Fun fun.
Some other variations:
1. Play an interval at the piano and having the student “swat” the correct interval.
2. Show a flashcard of a note, chord, key signature, or whatever. Great for players of different levels.
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