Monday, April 23, 2012

A Minute to Win It!

I have a group lesson coming up next month and wanted to come up with a game that would be a bit more active and possibly be done outside.  It is Spring, after all!  So I came up with, "A Minute to Win It!...or at least my version of it!  It doesn't require anything to be bought or printed, so essentially, I wanted to use what I had in my studio in a new and creative way. 

Working in teams, students compete against each other to conquer challenges in a minute or less.  If they complete the challenge, they earn a point for their team.  All of the challenges are put on strips of paper that a student picks out of a bucket when it's their turn.

Here are the challenges I came up with:


Measure Mania – Using note value cards, build 5 measures in 4/4 time and then tap them correctly using rhythm sticks
A Word, Please! – Using the magnetic staff board, build 5 words in melodic order

3/4 or 4/4 – Look at cards with full measures of notes on them…Identify whether the measures are in 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures and divide them correctly into two piles
Drop Off – Take a stack of rhythm cards.  One by one, race to put the correct note value in the correct numbered bucket (Buckets numbered 1-4) one at a time! Note values used are quarter notes, half notes, dotted half and whole notes.  This one is great for a younger student!

Terminology Twist – Spread out terminology definitions together on the floor.  On the opposite side of the room, place the symbols on the floor spread out.  The player must match them up by running back and forth making pairs.
A Bit Dicey – Stack 5 rhythm dice on top of a popsicle stick you hold in your mouth.

Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry? – Put ice cream cones together! Scoops have notes on the staff and key names so that match up occurs when you can add two scoops to a cone with a letter name on it!  (I printed the cones from D'Nets site and then made my own scoops with notes on the staff.)
Do you hear what I hear? – run to the piano/guitar and play a song (chosen by the teacher) strictly by ear.
Magic Carpet Ride – Using a bath mat, inch your way around the note values placed in a cup or cone least value to highest!
One Minute Club – Name all the notes on the staff and play them on the piano in a minute or less!
Dominotes! – Place ALL the dominos in a line, matching the beats correctly!  This is a game I own and can be purchased here.
Composer ABC’s – Using a stack of composer cards, put them in alphabetical order!

Wrap it Up!- Using a wrap-up manipulative, have the student “Wrap A Key” correctly!
And, just to add a bit of non-musical fun and laughs, here's a couple I thought my students would love...

Stack Attack! - Stack 36 plastic cups into a perfect triangle shaped structure. Once that’s completed, Player must get the cups back into a single stack.

Separation Anxiety – Using 2 bags of Starbursts candies, separate them by colors in separate paper cups.

I'm sure there are many more you could think of as well!  And, because students are only allowed a minute for the challenge, this group activity wouldn't take too long.  Just make sure you have all your supplies ready. 

There are also ways to change it up.  For example, if a player on one team doesn't complete the challenge, the opposing team might want to "Take on the Challenge" and have one of their team members attempt to complete it in less than a minute for the point. 

I would love to hear your ideas for other challenges.  And your challenge?  Not to spend any money but to use what you have in your own studio!

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Sounds like fun!

Heidi said...

What a fun idea. I'll be using this in my next group lesson.
A few other ideas:
Sharp (or flat) Lineup - Using scale blocks or alphabet letter cards stack up the blocks in the order of sharps and for a challenge carry them from one location to another without spilling
(For Early Elementary students you could have them stack the blocks in skipping alphabet order instead)

A Twist on Terminology twist:
Find your relative. Match up scale blocks or music alphabet letter cards with their relative keys (C Major w/ a minor, etc.)

Sightread a line from Pianimation.com sightreading challenge sets with accurate rhythm and notes. If you make a mistake you move on to the next one.

Sheryl said...

Great ideas, Heidi! Thank you! I'll be sure to add these to my list!

Wendy Stevens said...

Sheryl,
I'm using your great idea in our spring party on Monday. I just posted a link to your site on my FB page...thanks for sharing! https://www.facebook.com/ComposeCreate

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to having an afternoon of games for piano students and other musicians in our group. I've enlisted some homeschooling Moms and Dads to help with checking right answers - planning tables in basement of church, and outside games. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!! Think I have about 20 games - for all levels of expertise!!! ame

Diede School said...

“Minute to win it” game is one of the fastest and most enjoyable games I've seen. Competition gets stiffer and stiffer as the level of difficulty goes up which makes it more exciting to witness.

Coming up with a game that matches with the season is a bit hard, but with patience and good conceptualizations, it will be easy. After all, two heads are better than one.