Once a month, Andrea and I take a quick break from our regular blog posts to share the latest games from our monthly resource PianoGameClub with our readers. If you’ve been thinking about hopping on the “Game Train” check out the previews below.
February is one of those months when you just… need… piano games. With the “return to lesson” rush of January over and the excitement of spring and summer recitals still a long way off, February lessons run the risk of getting a bit… drab.
But with our piano games we are making it impossible for piano lessons this month to get anywhere close to drab (flip through the preview at the bottom of the post to check them out).
In fact, just recently a teacher wrote us to say:
“I joined your Piano Game Club at the beginning of my Fall Semester this year and it has absolutely transformed my studio. Students who were on the fence about lessons last year, now tell me they’ve been excited all week for their lesson – so that they can play these games! And little do they know, they’re learning all kinds of wonderful technique and music theory which improves their playing and makes their practice more effective. Win-win-win!”
What Concepts Are Our Games Teaching This Month?
If you want to jump ahead to the visual previews, scroll down and click on the image. But if you want to know what this month’s games are all about… keep reading.
Game 1 – Cheddar Chime
Ooooh, that bass clef… it can be a real beast for your young piano students who are learning to note read! But, with the Cheddar Chime game, difficulties reading bass clef notes just melt away. This unique game focuses on sets of bass clef notes, ensuring your students gain the repetition they need while experiencing success!
Game 2 – Race 2 Launch
Kids love a good race… especially when the reward to the victor involves “launching an object into space”. They’ll be so excited they won’t even realize they are exercising their ability to recognize and create eighth note rhythms. It’s the perfect game for introducing eighth notes or for kiddos who have trouble with quarter vs. eighth note rhythms.
Game 3 – Junk Drawer
For your older students, time signatures can be confusing and pretty dry. Unless, of course, they’re engaged in a deceptive battle of wits with their teacher to create a real mess (on their opponent’s game board) and win the game. This game explores 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures – and the unique strategy will have your older students begging for more. “I just have to tell you how much we enjoyed the junk drawer game. I was cleaning out my junk drawer because we are moving and it just became important to play it! How fun!” – Marilyn L.B.
Game 4 – Race Against Tide
The pirate enthusiasts in your piano studio will have a blast exercising their ear for crescendo and diminuendo while collecting treasure from the pirate chests. But, if they aren’t careful… they could lose their hard-earned coins! A nail-biting giggler 😉
Check out the previews below by clicking the image and if you think getting games every month like Cheddar Chime, Race 2 Launch, Junk Drawer, and Race Against Tide will kick your teaching up a notch then check out PianoGameClub here.