If you’re looking for a super fun, action packed plan for a Halloween group lesson look no further! The Haunting Harmonies pack is chock full of games and activities you can use at your next workshop, piano party, group lesson or class.
- 4 Halloween themed games
- 4 Halloween themed activities
- Sample lesson plans
- Full instructions and suggestions for adapting to different students
Who’s it for?
While you can adapt the games and activities for most ages and levels this pack is best for ages 6-13. Students will need some knowledge of basic music theory, although if you have an absolute beginner attending they could be paired with a more advanced student to play the games.
How many students?
This pack is set up for groups of 2-6 students. You can easily use it for bigger groups too, you would just need to split the group in two to play the games.
Pumpkin Patch Match
This is a note name matching game, in a bingo type format. The notes range from high E (top space of grand staff) to low A (bottom space on grand staff). Other than the printable provided, the only thing you’ll need for this game is some type of container. This could be a box, hat. pencil case, bag, or anything else for the students to draw the pumpkin tokens out of.
This is a interval matching game where players collect a matching set of interval cards. The notes range from a 2nd to a 5th. You do not need any materials other than the printable for this game.
This game is a test of musical terms, symbols and signs. The premise of the game is to collect as many ghosts as possible before the end of the hillwalk. Other than the printable gameboard and cards you will need a dice and something to use as game counters. You could use buttons, erasers, beads, small toys etc. If you’re stuck for a dice you could use a spinner app such as ‘Decide Now’ instead.
This is a traditional style board game with four different card categories. The categories are rhythm clapping, musical terms & symbols, intervals, and note names. Depending on which space the student rolls they will have to answer a different category of question to be able to move.
Other than the printable gameboard and cards you will need a dice and something to use as game counters. You could use buttons, erasers, beads, small toys etc. If you’re stuck for a dice you could use a spinner app such as ‘Decide Now’ instead.
Spooky Sounds Improvisation
This is a group improvisation using spooky sounds. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the wide range of sounds the piano can make, while making music as an ensemble.
Cartoon Clip Composing
In this activity the students compose and record a backing track for the provided Halloween themed cartoon movie. This allows students to explore how to match music to themes and content.
Dynamic Dialogue reinforces dynamics and their use with a performed Halloween poem. All the students are involved in conducting the poem and understanding dynamics in a different context.
Call and Response
The question and answer format is great as a warm-up activity. This develops from a verbal to an audiated rhythmic pattern, and is in keeping with the piano party theme.