In keeping with our rhythmic focus for this year’s practice incentive theme, Beat the Pirates!, I’m trying to come up with new ideas we can implement in the form of simple, fun activities incorporated into a few minutes at the beginning of each piano lesson. Our latest one proved to be a big hit!
(This is a variation on the “Tune Tappin'” game included in 5 for Fun! Games and Activities for the Private Piano Lesson)
- Ask the student to name her top 10 favorite Christmas songs and then list them on a dry erase board.
- Close the piano fallboard and place the board so we can both see it.
- Take turns selecting and tapping the rhythm of one of the listed songs and see if the other person can identify which song it is.
- And that’s it! Have fun with this super simple game to encourage good listening and work on rhythm skills!