Monday Mailbag – Quick Easy Games to Start Off the Lesson

In reference to this post, one reader asks, “Do you have other ideas for the above listed categories that you put on popsicle sticks?  What do you usually have ready to use?”

There are tons of possibilities, but I’ll just give you one example for each category:

1. Chords – Hold a Chord Spelling Bee!

2. Rhythmic Dictation – Not exactly dictation, but this Rhythm Chart is great for identifying and executing rhythms

3. Rhythm and Pulse – The Have a Heart activity is lots of fun!

4. Vocabulary – Play a version of Musical Hangman!

5. Melodic Dictation – This magnet activity is great for younger students!

6. Sight-read – Use one of the sheets from the Across the C’s series

7. Play A GameThe Dice Game is a favorite with my students!

8. Written Theory – Do a fun Scale Match-Up Worksheet!

9. Description – Have the student fill out a Piece Description Worksheet

10. Scales/Intervals By Ear – Play Interval Bingo

11. Scale Patterns – A key signature game is a great way to reinforce scale orders and such

12. Intervals – Play the Mystery Note Game

13. Note ID – Play Whack-It!

Hopefully this will give you some ideas to get the creative juices flowing! You can make almost anything into a fun activity or game if you approach it from a creative perspective and think of what your students will enjoy!

Remember, if you have a question you’d like to contribute to next week’s Monday Mailbag, leave it in the comments below or send me an e-mail sometime this week with Monday Mailbag in the subject line!

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