Put those dull pencils and boring manuscript paper away – Classic FM just published some fun and creative ways of teaching the basics of music, and we are in love!
February 1st, 2019
1. Music theory cars
Does your young one love all things four-wheeled? Use it to their musical advantage with this car and staff-line matching game.
2. Music theory blooms
In this game, flowers, stems and leaves stand for notes, definitions and meanings – match them up and watch the musical knowledge grow.
3. Musical dominoes
A rhythmic variation of the classic game. And of course you can make these yourself!
4. And the cycles of fifths dominoes…
Musical dominoes again, this time with key signatures and keys, to really get your head around all those sharps and flats.
5. Outdoor percussion
Get those budding percussionists to head into the garden with these pitched and unpitched instruments to be thumped and whacked in time. Might want to warn the neighbours first…
6. Musical cupcakes
Matching musical notation to their meanings has never been more delicious.
7. The lyrical treasure hunt
Composition and a good run around the back yard. Hidden eggs each contain a phrase – find them, open them and then construct a melody in the order they were discovered. And then (like every Schubert minuet) repeat.
8. The piano peg
Today, hang the tea towel on D#. Learn the keys and enharmonics, and keep your kitchen clean. (though it’s a strange looking keyboard in this one – we’re sure you can do better)
9. Pit – with music
A music theory version of the very popular Pit card game, helping you learn notes, clefs and the keyboard.
10. Rhythmic tops and bottoms
Tops and bottoms – mix up the tops and bottoms, and then match them! Great for getting that understanding of rhythm and subdivision.
11. Ping pong rhythmic
Imagine dozens of these flying around the room. Get someone to call out the time signature and then try and find the balls to match (and throw any you don’t need). Bonus – you get to throw ping pong balls around a room.
This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “11 Wonderfully Creative Ways to Teach Children Music Theory” an article published on classicfm.com
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