This week I will be bringing out my Music Theory Flash Cards. These have a word or symbol or note found in music on one side and the definition on the other. Pretty standard flash card stuff!
You can use them just rotating through each card one at a time, but I like to play games with them too.
Just A Minute!
Sadly not as amusing as the Radio 4 show of the same name, this is a challenge for students to get as many cards correct as possible in one minute. If you record the result in their practice notebook or on your register you can encourage students to beat themselves week on week.
Inspired by the 80s TV show, I arrange a grid (3 x 3, 4 x 4, 5 x 5... depending on the ability of the student). Students pick cards and correctly identify them. When they do this, turn the card over. Their goal is to complete a line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal). Then they can win your reward of choice (praise, stickers...). Actually I could have called this Connect 4 (or 3 or 5!) after that other 80s classic!
Time for another grid. The size of the grid should depend on the ability of the student. Look through some sheet music trying to spot the symbols shown. This would be a great way to get to know a new piece of music that your students are going to play. They could circle the symbols found on the music (in pencil or using a photocopy) as well as turning over the cards that they have spotted. You could even turn this into a race against the teacher!
For a harder challenge try this by listening to a piece of music!
You can buy great sets of Music Flash cards (saves a bit of time!) or you can find really useful collections on sites such as Susan Paradis OR you could just make your own, either printing off onto some bright coloured card stock or handwriting them onto record cards... Whichever way you choose, I hope you enjoy your music flash cards and PLEASE let me know of any other games that YOU like to play with them!