Re: Fun ideas to help keep beginners engaged?
Posted by WWindy on 9/25/2019, 3:13 pm, in reply to "Fun ideas to help keep beginners engaged?"
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Have a theory website up on the screen. Click a note on the staff. Person 1 and 2 vs. each other. Let's say winner is kid 1. Now he plays vs. kid 3. Kid 1 wins, now vs. kid 4. If kid 4 wins, he's vs. kid 5 and tries to get all the way back to his chair. *If you don't have a mimeo board/apple TV, draw it on the board when their backs are turned, have them spin around at the same time and say it.
Clap and count a rhythm on the board, a la quarter equals 60. Then 70. Then 80, all the way to 100. If they get to 100, they "win." It's not a huge deal, but I hype it up like it is.
Divide the class into two teams (try to get intelligence levels kind of even. Person one and person two duke it out drawing treble clefs, sharps, eighth notes, etc. You can do it with ledger lines, staff with FACE/SPACE, etc.
Tonal Energy on the Screen
Kids love to see things on the screen in Tonal Energy. I like to use the "analysis" option and do "copy cat," or "I play, you play." They can see my big blocks of sound and theirs usually looks like dying triangles at first. Really helps them visualize the sound and compare theirs to mine.
I can't remember the name of the program, but there's a game online where a note flies across the screen and you have to play that note to "hit it," like you're a fighter pilot in space or something. It "zaps" the note if you hit it and shows up as a miss if you play out of tune or play the wrong partial on brass. Maybe someone here remembers the name? Anyway, the kids loved it.
Also, my students are highly motivated by stickers. They will do anything to get one of those cheap star stickers from Wal Mart and have it on their forehead or hand. When they do something SUPER awesome, I have small candy on hand. I mean...healthy celery...
I have playlists that I've created on YouTube of funny videos and of kids their age playing. My clarinets geeked out over "Old Town Road" being played. All classes love "Marching Band Fails" videos of people falling over. Good times.
Best of luck!