In a post last week we discussed the benefits of a hosting piano studio holiday party. Today we wanted to share three simple and fun, multi-age piano games that will make wonderful additions to your party. The first two games are from previous Teach Piano Today posts and the third is a game being shared for the first time.
Depending on your studio, a multi-age piano party is most likely a necessity… and therefore multi-age piano games are a necessity as well. Multi-age parties can be beneficial AND a blast! Younger piano students benefit by learning from older students and more advanced students enjoy the opportunity to mentor little ones.
But of course, the problem teachers face is how to make the activities work for all ages and all levels of piano students.
How To Play Rhythm Telephone
When it comes to set-up, this game is about as easy as it gets (did you just sigh with relief?!). All you need is a group of willing students, a whiteboard or piece of poster paper, and a marker.
Instruct your piano students to sit in a row, one behind the other, with their eyes closed. The oldest student should be at the back of the line. Your row can have as few as 5 students or as many as 20!
How To Play:
- To begin, show a two-measure rhythm to the oldest piano student (who is allowed to open her eyes) at the back of the line. (For example “quarter, quarter, half, half, quarter, quarter”).
- Next, instruct the oldest student who was shown the rhythm to tap this rhythm onto the back of the student sitting in front of her. This student then taps the rhythm onto the back of the next student.
- The chain of tapping continues until it reaches the final student, who then leaps up and writes the rhythm on a white board or poster paper.
- Next, reveal to your students the original rhythm. Did they pass it along correctly or did the rhythm get morphed somewhere down the line?
- Each time the group is correct, score one point for the kids. Each time the group is wrong, score one point for yourself (the teacher).
- Continue the activity with increasingly difficult rhythms.
Don’t Forget To Add These To Your Party…
When you’ve completed the group game portion of your piano party, consider adding a piano board game portion where your students split into smaller groups. If you’re already a member of PianoGameClub, simply set up several games at several tables and let your students rotate through the different stations. If you’re not a member of PianoGameClub, learn more here about how you can receive four incredible piano games each and every month.