Smart haircuts, shiny new shoes, and lots of excitement – it’s so much fun when students return to the piano studio after a summer break! It can often take a little while for them to settle down and get back into the routine, though. That’s where Squishy Squash, a beginner piano terms game, comes in.
General-concept piano theory games are the perfect choice when returning from a teaching break to warm up and get students back into the music mindset. This beginner piano terms game would also work well as a review game anytime for beginner or late beginner students.
Squishy Squash takes the traditional flashcard-quiz music theory game and flips it on its head. Instead, it encourages beginner and late beginner students to recall what they’ve already learned about note values, terms, symbols, and more, then explain them in different ways.
If they’re not careful, though, their squash might get squished with the next turn of the card!
- Theory Concepts Covered: Note values, terms and music reading
- Student Level: Beginner – Late beginner/grade 1
- Activity type: Board game
- Number of students: 2-8 players
- Seasonal: Not seasonal
How to Play
- Place a counter for each player on the pumpkin in the bottom left corner of the board.
- Players take turns to flip a card over, follow the directions and then roll the die to move forward.
- The winner is the first to reach the green squash in the top right corner or the furthest along the path when the time is up.
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Vibrant Music Teaching members can download Squishy Squash from the VMT library.
- Print out the game board (pages 3–5). Trim along the dotted lines and tape the board pieces together.
- Print out the game cards (pages 6–9) double-sided. Trim along the dotted lines.
- You will also need a game counter (button, eraser, small toy, etc.) for each player and a die.
Psst…need more fun and games to teach music theory? I’ve got you covered on my music theory page.
How do you get students back in the groove after summer break?
Do you use activities or games to reconnect, or do you dive right into scales and repertoire? Share your warm-up secrets in the comments below or in the Vibrant Music Studio Teachers group on Facebook.