Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Musical Menagerie

Looking for a fun way to drill your elementary students on their bass clef notes?  It seems that treble clef notes are always a bit easier for them to grasp so we need ways to make that bass clef more fun!  Well look no further!!   Musical Menagerie not only fits the bill, but it also involves animals!  And ALL kids LOVE animals!  What a fun way to make learning something hard, easier!


Students travel around the board, naming bass clef notes while also trying to collect musical animals - or their own menagerie!

There's a "Nothing but Treble" monkey, a 2-beat bat, a fast-paced furry gerbil, and a fermata fish! Collect all 4, make a least one lap around the board and you're a bass clef superstar!


Great fun, great learning and happy students!  Now that's a GREAT combination!

Musical Menagerie can be purchased under the Birds of a Feather tab above!

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Castle Chords!

CASTLE CHORDS is a really fun game for students who are working on their major chords and inversions.
Be the first to build your castle, complete with a keep and surrounding walls!  Select a Castle card, play the chord correctly within 3 tries and earn the right to spin the spinner!  The spinner allows students to collect coins (I had some fun gold plastic coins I used, but pennies or any type of chip will work great!) and "purchase" parts of their castle.

There are a few twists to this game...B flats and C sharps change up the game a bit!

This game has become a FAVORITE with my middle school to early teen students!!

CASTLE CHORDS  is available for purchase under Birds of a Feather!

Monday, April 25, 2016

2 MORE Fun Games!!

I have 2 more games to share with you today!  There's actually quite a few more coming!  Birds of a Feather have been VERY busy whipping up loads of FUN for your studios and classrooms!

Up first....

FERMATA FRENZY!
This fun game reviews musical terminology!

Players zip-line through the Fermata Forest trying to be the first to the end!  Along the way they NAME or DRAW musical terms.





And how about a FACE OFF or two?  Or some cute monkey game pieces?This is a great way to help your students to be quick with all those terms you work so hard on with them!

The Fermata Forest is a super-fun place to hang out!  But BEWARE!!! Your students just might start to learn faster than you expected!








Or how about...

MUSIC IN THE CLOUDS!
This adorable game idea came from one of my students.  In fact, she made the cute cloud game pieces by dyeing cotton balls.

Need another fun game to review notes on the grand staff?  This one is a winner!  It is SO ADORABLE. Your younger students will especially LOVE it!

Of course, there is also a fun little twist to the game!



It's a great game for your studio or as a center game in your classroom!


Both games are available for purchase under the Birds of a Feather tab above!  Enjoy!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Musical Golf!

I'm not a true golfer, but have done some golfing and even played in a few tournaments.  While I will never claim to be an expert, I do know that I really enjoyed it and hope someday I might have more time to get out on the golf course.  I also have some students who love golf and ALL of them love miniature golf, so this game was created to review music terminology!

Included is a fun game board complete with sand traps and water, game cards, a spinner and full instructions to play the game.

I've played the game with some of my students and they love it!  It's a quick way to review some or all of the terminology included.  Do you have a student who has trouble remembering what terms mean or how to describe them?  How about a quick game of golf?

Every day is a perfect, sunny day for golf with this fun studio/classroom game.  To purchase Musical Golf, simply click on Birds of a Feather above!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Emojis are all the Rage!

Emojis!  They're everywhere!  And a favorite among my students right now.  With that in mind, I have a NEW GAME available to encourage emoji love and to learn to recognize, play and draw accidentals!

EMOJI ACCIDENTAL!
This super fun-filled game is perfect to work on accidentals with your students.  Students start on a very sad , injured emoji and work their way around the board to turn their emoji into a happy, healthier version!

How?  Play and Draw accidentals!  Students learn to recognize and to draw accidentals to move forward.  I don't know about you, but the drawing part was really stumping my students!  All those flats, sharps and natural signs were showing up AFTER the note and not correctly placed on lines and spaces.

This game is a fun way to encourage students to pay more attention to those details.  It's also a way for students to notice enharmonic notes!

Emoji Accidental is available in the store - it's a Birds of a Feather game!  Purchasing the game provides you with the game board, 3 sets of cards, grand staff boards, full directions and a ton of fun!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WINNERS OF ROADTRIP USA Road Signs!

I'm happy to announce the winners of the RoadTrip USA Road Signs are....

Angela Jacob and Andrea Bentz!!!!



Please send me a quick email (notablemusicstudio@sbcglobal.net) and I'll be sure to get your fun Road Signs to you!!!


CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

LAST day for the giveaway!!!

TODAY is the last day for the RoadTrip Road Sign GIVEAWAY!!  Leave me a comment on THIS blog entry letting me know what you love about RoadTrip USA! and you'll have a chance to win them free!!  A perfect complement to your camp or ANY road trip musical event!

I hope you're LOVING putting your summer plans together!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

BIRDS OF A FEATHER!

There's a new division of Notable Music Studio!

I'm happy to introduce, BIRDS OF A FEATHER Music Resources.

These resources are created by two creative birds (myself and my friend, Beth) and have been a HUGE hit with my students.  Over the next few weeks, I will be adding and showcasing many new games that we've created and are available for purchase.  First up...

CAVE OF CLEFS!
This is a fun game featuring our adorable little bats and stalagmites and stalactites!  Stalagmites grow up from the floor of caves - AKA the Bass Clef - and Stalactites hang down from the ceiling of caves - AKA the Treble Clef!  The game board features 7 bats labeled A-G trying to earn their wings!  This game tests your students' knowledge of notes on the grand staff.  It's super fun and adding a little black bag to the game adds a bit of "cave darkness" to the fun!

And of course, we've added a "batty" twist to the game!

If you've purchased Mystery on Musicians' Island, you already have this game!  You can use it with the camp OR if you have purchased Marooned on Musicians' Island, purchasing this game will add a fun way to drill notes on the staff when your students reach the cave!

OR, simply add it to your studio or classroom as a fun way to encourage your students to learn!

The game board, bat wings and full instructions are included!

Any way you look at it, your students will love CAVE OF CLEFS!  If you'd like to purchase this fun game, just click on the BIRDS OF A FEATHER tab above!

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Game Storage

Over the years, I have tried numerous ideas trying to find the best way to store all the games I use in the studio.  I have tried using file folders, plastic folders, drawers, etc.  You name it!  Recently I found myself in a position needing to store 24 new games (more info on this later!) at one time.  I had purchased several plastic bags with the sliding closure on top, but found that the slider kept breaking making the bag unusable.  So, I needed a new system!

2 Things were important to me.  1.  Ease of Use so that I could grab a game quickly without looking for all the components and 2. Quality Storage so that I didn't have to worry about constantly ripped or broken parts.

ENTER...Vinyl and mesh storage bags sold by the Container Store.  I LOVE these things!!  In fact several parents have commented on how nice they are!  They come in 3 sizes and currently two colors - black and aqua.  I mainly use the middle size (10.75" x 14").   They are PERFECT to hold all of the game parts when I have game boards that are 8.5" x 11".

When I say, quality, I really mean QUALITY.  They are extremely well made from the tab at the top to the zippers and zipper pulls.  The mesh/vinyl bag itself is thick so it can withstand all of the game pieces and dice placed in them.

In each bag, I place the game board, directions sheet, cards, spinners, game pieces, dice, etc.

Everything I need for a game is included so that when I want to play the game, I simply grab a bag!

I was finding previously that I had to search through several bins, folders, etc. to get all of the components - a big waste of time, especially if you decided during a lesson that a student needed a quick drill of something.  We need all the previous minutes possible when doing lessons, right?
I store them with the tab facing up and have placed a label on each one with the name of the game and the concept it reviews.
Right now I have them in a fabric bin that fits in a shelf unit I purchased from IKEA.

I have some games that don't fit in the medium size so I have a few in the larger size bag and then smaller games that fit nicely in the smallest bag.

I couldn't be happier with this system.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Road Signs! and Giveaway!

I have gotten loads of requests about the road signs I used when I put together RoadTrip USA!  Up until now, they weren't available.  BUT, if you are interested, I have made them available as a PDF in my store!

These are great signs to use with RoadTrip USA!, but you can also use them for any travel decor in your studio or classroom.  

There are a total of 6 signs.  They can be printed as 8.5" x 11" or you can have them blown up for a larger image.

They work great as "station" signs separating areas of learning.  For information about how I used them, check out this blog entry.

As a "thank you" for all the support you have given my blog, I am giving away 2 sets of these signs!  Yeah! Don't you love freebies??

If you have already purchased RoadTrip USA!, leave me a comment telling me what you love about the camp and you will automatically be put in the giveaway!  If you haven't already purchased the camp, this additional supplement is a great addition, so now might be a great time to consider getting it!

The giveaway will run now through April 12th!  Of course, if you don't want to wait, you can get them now in the store!

Enjoy!