When it comes to learning the piano, some things just need to be memorized. Note reading, rhythm recognition, and intervallic reading require immediate recall that can only be achieved by repeated practice… which is why piano teachers often reach for the flashcards when reinforcing these skills.
And the truth is; flashcards can work… they just don’t work as well as games.
Flashcards are one dimensional. They require nothing more from students than visual recall. Games, on the other hand, require not only visual recognition and recall, but critical thinking, problem-solving, remembering rules, and self-control… which are all necessary to play the piano well.
So today, we’re sharing a printable dice game for reinforcing note value recognition!
Reinforcing Note Values With This Printable Dice Game
This printable is designed to reinforce recognition of beginning note values. To begin, click on the image below (or click here), print out the activity, and then read the following instructions to your student:
- Sit on the floor with the worksheet placed in front. Place ten dice into a plastic cup. On the word, “Go!” shake the dice in the cup and then pour them out onto the floor. Your teacher will start a timer.
- Choose any die and examine its value. Place the die over the note on the worksheet that matches its value (ie. ‘2’ = half note).
- Repeat Step 2 until all dice that have a matching note value are placed on the worksheet. Next, place all remaining dice back in the cup and repeat Steps 1 and 2. Keep playing until all dice have been placed on the worksheet. At this point your teacher will stop the timer and record your time. Play another round.
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