The summer months are a time when we can all slow down and indulge in activities that, during any other time of the year, would be massive time wasters. For Trevor and I this means chilling out an evening or two a week with trashy summertime TV shows.
But this year the summer shows just aren’t bringing it. So instead we find ourselves surfing the internet for ridiculous Youtube videos like “boat ramp fails” and “bad lip reading”.
As it turns out, the other night our time-wasting YouTube perusing ended up being quite fruitful when we came across cup stacking competitions. Check out an example below:
As you can see, it looks like fun so Trevor and I gave it a try… and we we’re awful. Instead, we decided to turn our cup stacking into something useful and came up with a piano teaching game to reinforce rest values! Check it out below.
Stacking Cups To Reinforce Rest Values
Today’s game is designed to help piano students remember the number of beats received by quarter, half and whole rests (in 4/4 time).
To play, you will need two dice and 12 paper cups (2 labelled with whole rests, 5 labelled with half rests and 5 labelled with quarter rests).
The game is quite simple. Your student rolls the dice and then tries to build a three-tiered cup pyramid with cups labelled with rests that equal the value rolled on the dice. Note: If the value on the dice is less than six your student must roll again.
To see the game in action, check out the video below:
While You Have The Dice Out, Reinforce Sight Reading!
There is no end to the amount of fun that dice can bring to your piano studio. In fact, in July’s Piano Book of the Month from PianoBookClub, the sight-reading activity page that precedes each piano piece in the book uses dice to engage kids in game-based fun!
So, if you’re looking to reinforce sight reading on a regular basis in your studio you’re definitely going to want to check out My Sight-Reading Superpower Episode 3 here. And if you like what you see, sign up for a monthly membership to PianoBookClub and we’ll send it to you as your first book of the month! *Available until July 31, 2018 only.