An important part of beginning music lessons is memorization. The student must quickly memorize all of the note names, musical symbols, and terms. Music flash cards can help to make this early memorization stage go quickly while having fun in the process. At Tampa Bay Music Academy, flash cards are frequently used in private piano lessons, guitar lessons, saxophone lessons, voice lessons, etc. Below is a great article by The Fun Music Company that highlights several ways that private music teachers can incorporate flash cards into their teaching. Enjoy reading it and contact Tampa Bay Music Academy today to schedule your Tampa piano, guitar, woodwind, voice, or brass lessons.
Flash cards provide a fun and affordable method of teaching exciting new concepts. Whether playing a teacher-led instructional activity or encouraging cooperative learning activities in the classroom, teaching strategies using flash cards enhance memorization in a simple and effective way. Try these creative teaching strategies and fun flash card music games outlined below in your music classroom today.
1. Music Flash Card Race Game
Line up a set of music flash cards from the Ultimate Flash Card Set face down in a large maze that leads to a single ending, similar to the “Life” board game set-up. Each student needs a game piece, which can be a car, a colorful large button, or other small piece. Using dice, students move their game pieces forward. For example, a roll of 3 will lead to moving forward 3 flashcards. The student guesses the answer for the flashcard. If the student is correct, they go again. If not, they take two steps back and end their turn. The student who reaches the end first wins.
2. Flash Card “I Spy” Game
This fun and educational game uses simple flyswatters and a familiar premise for an energetic music flash card game. Divide the class into groups of five students, each sitting on the floor. Each child needs a flyswatter and a set of flash cards. One member of the group is the leader. The leader places about a dozen or so flash cards in front of the students. The leader may say “I spy a musical symbol that means repeat”. The students in the group slap the correct flashcard with their flyswatter. The student that slaps the correct flashcard first wins that card. The student with the most flashcards wins. As a fun variation, create a final match between the winners of each group.
3. Making the Most of Your Flash Cards
After you print your flashcards on sturdy card stock, take the time to laminate your cards to ensure that they last a longer time. Make several sets of flash cards in different colors or use color schemes to separate different categories of flashcards. Use large print flashcards for students with visual impairments and early childhood activities. Keep a portable set with you for fun impromptu learning activities on a bus or field trip.
4. Fun Jeopardy Flash Card Game
Divide up each set of cards into music categories. Play a fun game of Jeopardy with the entire class, using the flashcards as the “answer” for each question. The team with the most points wins at the end of the game.
5. Early Childhood Flash Card Teaching Strategies
Early childhood educators can use flashcards from the Ultimate Flash Card Set like the Dynamics Flashcards and other sets that do not require reading. One-on-one strategies work best with younger children, who crave attention. Even parents can use the Ultimate Flash Card Set with their youngsters.
6. Fun Performance Teaching Strategies
Play a fun music game called “Music Times 3″ with flash cards with your band or chorus. This teaching strategy incorporates performance with memorization of musical terms. Choose a short familiar song, like a march or simple pop tune. Choose three random flash cards from the Ultimate Flash Card Set that involve tempo, dynamics, or Italian terms. For example, you may choose adagio, ff, and staccato. The students then perform the work slowly, very loudly, with short notes.
7. Group Activities
Contemporary education encourages group activities as a positive teaching strategy that enhances communication and learning among students of all ages. Simple flash card memorization games using groups and pairs helps students develop social communication skills while learning key musical terms.
8. Flash Card Rewards
Finding fun filler activities for your classroom is easy with flash cards. Include a few fun sets of flashcards in a colorful box in your classroom. When a student completes his or her work early, or exhibits positive behavior, use the time with the flash card games as a positive reward. Students can play at their desk or with others in a corner of your classroom designed for flash card play.
9. Seasonal Tree Bulletin Board
Make a fun seasonal tree bulletin board, using colorful flash cards as removable “leaves” in your classroom. Each season, change the flash cards. For example, you may use bright green dynamics flash cards for spring or deep red and brown flash cards for the fall.
10. Free Teaching Strategies
If you are looking for more top teaching strategies for music flash cards or for teaching music theory, you’ll find a series of six video ideas here at:http://www.funmusicco.com/primary-elementary-music
Here, you’ll learn some valuable time-saving tips for teachers and loads of other valuable ideas for the music classroom.
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