What do you do when you’re desperately trying to find a fun way to teach interval recognition and you just happen to have devoured a 12 egg omelette? If you’re me… you use that now empty egg carton for a piano teaching game of course!
Okay (truth be told) I didn’t actually just polish off a 12 egg omelette, but I did come up with a fun way to teach interval recognition and I DO still need that egg carton. So, if you enjoy the following piano teaching game, and you also happen to have a great recipe that requires 12 eggs, send it my way!
Egg-actly How To Play
If simplicity is cool, then this game is the coolest. Check out how easy it is to set up and play:
Take an empty egg carton and write the letters A through G in any order on the bottom of each egg cup (repeat letters when necessary). Next, have your student place two game markers or candies inside the egg carton, close the lid and shake well.
When your student opens the lid, the game markers will have landed in two egg cups (let’s say they landed on G and E). She must name the two intervals that can be created by these notes (a Major 6th and a Minor 3rd in this example) and then play the intervals on the piano.
Get Egg-cited about Intervals
Take this game one step further and have your student draw out the intervals on a blank piece of staff paper (here ya go!). See… we told you it was easy…now get cracking’!
Wow there were a lot of egg puns in that post. But all yoking… I mean joking… aside, learning is much more fun when it is play-based. Which is why we made learning theory a whole lot more fun with our book “Pssst…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This is Theory” , and Technical Egg-cercises (sorry, one last pun!) a whole lot more exciting with TEDDtales. Include play-based learning in your lessons, and not only will your students leave their lesson smiling… they’ll learn faster too!