Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monster Box

Motivating students to doing something is a big challenge.  Motivating them to accomplish something with purpose and a specific goal in mind is also a challenge.  With this in mind, I have come up with a Monster Box.  The monster box is a way for students to be motivated to accomplish a task with a specific goal in mind that rewards their efforts in a tangible way.  Much like my Incentive Cards, this accomplishes the same goal, but in a different way.

I made my monster box by simply cutting the top off of a Goldfish box.  Then I glued pieces of construction paper around the box.


I got the monsters from an bulletin board set.  Here is some you could print out from Scappin Doodles for $1.00!

You could put anything on the side of the box, as long as you can cut a whole at the mouth.

I bought inexpensive pom poms to feed the monster with.  My kids loved it!  I made each monster a different focus.  So we had the note monster, the rhythm monster, the dynamic monster and the posture monster.  You could come up with whatever focus you wanted to.







Thursday, January 19, 2012

Incentive Cards: Princess Version

Incentive cards are a great motivation tool for any activity.  Students love the fun backgrounds and try to fill up their cards with the tokens.  I printed these out front and back on card stock and then laminated them.

I use magnetic chips to fill the circles, but you can use bingo chips, pennies, M&M's, etc..

You can use the incentive card to motivate a student to practice.  They must complete a passage with no errors, or with dynamics, or 5 times to get a chip. 

You can add a fun element and roll a dice to see how many chips you are playing for.  Have fun with the incentive cards. 

Let me know if you have a request for a favorite character and I will try and make one.














Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Incentive Cards

Incentive cards are a great motivation tool for any activity.  Students love the fun backgrounds and try to fill up their cards with the tokens.  I printed these out front and back on card stock and then laminated them.

I use magnetic chips to fill the circles, but you can use bingo chips, pennies, M&M's, etc..

You can use the incentive card to motivate a student to practice.  They must complete a passage with no errors, or with dynamics, or 5 times to get a chip.

You can add a fun element and roll a dice to see how many chips you are playing for.  Have fun with the incentive cards.

Let me know if you have a request for a favorite character and I will try and make one.

















Sunday, January 15, 2012

Changing Cups Challenge UPDATED!

This is a really fun game where students can work on their musical alphabet, intervals and chords.

Changing Cups Challenge is inspired from an idea on Pinterest.

You need some foam coffee cups and sharpe pens.  Take 3 cups and stack them together.  Then write the alphabet around the edge of one of the cups, spacing the letters out evenly.  Write the alphabet on the other two cups so that they line up evenly with the first cup.  The letters should line up and you can spell different chords with by rotating the cups.











Now you can need to make a cup with a flat alphabet and a sharp alphabet, so you can have all the major and minor chords

Other possibilities are making intervals.  Can you name the interval displayed?



Another idea is to build inversions.


For beginner students you can have them stack the cups in alphabetical order.  What comes before the first cup?  What comes after the last cup?  Can you play that note?  Can you play all the notes on the cup?















UPDATE


I also discovered students like stacking the cups, so I created a set to stack.  See the pictures below of a student stacking a skipping alphabet.






Sunday, January 8, 2012

Changing Cups Challenge

This is a really fun game where students can work on their musical alphabet, intervals and chords.

Changing Cups Challenge is inspired from an idea on Pinterest.

You need some foam coffee cups and sharpe pens.  Take 3 cups and stack them together.  Then write the alphabet around the edge of one of the cups, spacing the letters out evenly.  Write the alphabet on the other two cups so that they line up evenly with the first cup.  The letters should line up and you can spell different chords with by rotating the cups.











Now you can need to make a cup with a flat alphabet and a sharp alphabet, so you can have all the major and minor chords



Other possibilities are making intervals.  Can you name the interval displayed?




Another idea is to build inversions.



For beginner students you can have them stack the cups in alphabetical order.  What comes before the first cup?  What comes after the last cup?  Can you play that note?  Can you play all the notes on the cup?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Winter Wonderland Music Games

I have a wonderful new resource to chase away the winter blues:


Winter Wonderland Music Games

Join Presto Penguin and Silly Snowman as they play games and have fun.

Level 1 includes:
Icy Igloos: Help Presto Penguin find his igloo by matching his note to the correct note name
Notes reviewed are C position and Middle C position
Hat Trick Level 1 and 2: Match the hat to the correct time signature on the snowman
Silly Snowman Steps: Silly Snowman needs help completing his steps with the musical alphabet
Rhythms include quarter note, quarter rest, half note, whole note, 
dotted half note, half rest and whole rest.
Silly Snowman Skips: Silly Snowman needs help completing his skips with the musical alphabet
Race to the Igloo: Identify music symbols correctly and be the first one to the igloo
Fishing for Notes on the Keyboard: Help catch the fish as you identify notes on the keyboard
Fishing for Notes on the Staff: Help catch the fish as you identify notes on the staff
Last Snowman Standing: Identify steps, skips and repeated notes and be the last snowman standing


Level 2 includes:

Icy Igloos: Help Presto Penguin find his igloo by matching his note to the correct note name
Notes reviewed are Low C to High C
Hat Trick Level 3 and 4: Match the hat to the correct time signature on the snowman
Rhythms focus on eighth notes, dotted quarter note, eighth rest, 6/8 time and 3/8 time
Build a Snowman Major Chords: Help match major chords to the correct snowman
Build a Snowman Minor Chords: Help match minor chords to the correct snowman
Race to the Igloo: Identify music symbols correctly and be the first one to the igloo
Snowflake Circle of 5th: Complete the circle of 5th on the snowflake
Last Snowman Standing: Identify intervals to see who is the last snowman standing

There is an instruction guide included with fun ideas and creative ways to play in each level.

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Winter Wonderland Music Games Level 1
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Printing: 8.5' x 11' - Grayscale or Color
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Winter Wonderland Music Games Level 2
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Printing: 8.5' x 11' - Grayscale or Color
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Winter Wonderland Music Games Level 1 and 2
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Printing: 8.5' x 11' - Grayscale or Color
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