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Danish Zoo – Notes and Rests
Use rhythm playing cards to create an animal to practice stacking the sequence of sixteenth, eighth, dotted eighth, etc. notes and rests. A fun game for all ages.
We're the Grand Nine
All the notes on the grand staff are a second or third away from one of these nine notes
Slow - Notes and Rests
Slow has players thinking backwards and forwards within note and rest values. Created by a young student of Michiko who watched enviously as her 2 older brothers played Speed.
Head to Tail Intervals
Students sing, point and identify 16 ascending and descending intervals using one octave of do re mi cards
Blue Jello Cards - Set 2
Students learn 14 more advanced Blue Jello rhythms and hand signs adding to the 14 learned in set 1. Everyone loves this set and find the rhythms quite hilarious.
Raindrops on Grand Nine
Magic notes become raindrops, snow or hail as they land on all Grand Nine notes on the grand staff
Win a Note or Rest
Students arrange notes & rests in order, playing without taking turns. The student who places the third card wins the first two.
Hear pitches within the scale and match them on one’s rainbow xylophone. Variations include do re mi cards and the staff.
Double Bar Sit Down
In this favorite game, students read rhythms in a circle of cards in unison