That pesky bass clef!
While my beginning piano students take to the treble clef like a duck to water, visually recognizing notes in the bass clef always seems to be a challenge. And this is not because I only teach the treble clef to my beginning students. I don’t. In fact, I introduce guide notes in the treble and bass clefs almost from day 1 (well, not quite… but you get the idea).
So if, like me, your beginning piano students tend to struggle with the bass clef, give this week’s Piano Teaching Game a try and watch your students become bass clef big shots!
Today’s Piano Teaching Game… The Bass Clef Blitz
To help beginning piano students gain confidence reading bass clef notation.
To play the Bass Clef Blitz you will need 3 sets of 8 flashcards that display each note in the bass clef. You will also need game cards that display a variety of words that can be spelled using the letters A – G (ex. cage, egg, bad, badge…). You will also need a stopwatch or metronome.
Playing The Bass Clef Blitz
1. Begin by scattering the bass clef note cards around your piano studio.
2. On the word “GO”, display a word card (such as “cage”) to your piano student.
3. Start the stopwatch or start counting metronome “ticks”
4. Your piano student must race around the room to collect the bass note cards that combine to spell the word “cage”.
5. Once the notes are collected your piano student must place the notes on the piano bench in the correct order and then play them on the piano.
6. For fun, keep time records based on word length.
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