Group classes are a great opportunity to make piano social, and have fun together. Yesterday I held a group class to prepare for our Spring concert which is three weeks away.
We start these classes by doing a trial run of the concert. We talk about what makes a good performer, and also what makes a good audience member. I want my students to not only be comfortable performing for others, but to also be good listeners, and respectful of each others’ performances.
After the concert run-through we have a short juice break, and then we get to play some games.
I have been meaning to put together a floor grand staff for a while now, and decided this group class would finally give me the push to get it done!
I made the floor staff from cotton calico with black ribbon applique lines and clefs. Then I padded it with some quilting. I plan on using the floor staff for lots and lots of games in private as well as group lessons, but below are the couple I chose to get started with yesterday.
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Grand Staff Twister
We played Grand Staff Twister with four players, two in the treble clef and two in the bass. I think four is a nice number, but you could probably squeeze in six depending on the size of your staff.
I was surprised by how easily even my weak note readers were able to find the right note in grand staff twister! I really think this will be a fantastic tool for struggling students to see the staff in a new way.
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If you need help putting together the spinner, follow the instructions for the scale spinner here. If you have pre-made spinners you can just cut off the part of the pdf with the arrow, and throw it away.
Grand Staff Beanbag Toss
For this game players need to be in two teams. The teams can be as big or small as you like.
- Take turns to throw a beanbag, trying to get it inside the grand staff.
- The thrower attempts to name the note it landed on, if they’re right their team gets 2 points.
- If the thrower can’t name the note but their team can, the team gets 1 point.
- That’s it! The winner is the team with the most points when the time is up (you decide how long you want the game to be).
Do you have a floor staff?
What are your favourite games to play with it? Do you use it more in one-on-one or group lessons?