For each piano party, I make sure to have at least one new game. This year, for our 4th Annual Summer Piano Party, I tried a new icebreaker game and a built a musical bean bag toss game with my dad.
Music This or That Game
My students and I enjoyed this music icebreaker game by Wendy Stevens. The questions immediately had my students sharing their opinion and connecting with other like-minded students. It was a great way to start the party, and I will definitely be using this game again in the future. To learn more about the game, visit ComposeCreate.com.
Rhythm Toss (aka Musical Bean Bag Toss)
I love bean bag toss, so I was excited to discover Sheryl Welles' idea for a rhythm toss on Pinterest. My boards look similar to Sheryl's example, but I made the boards equal in rhythm value (ex: whole note on one board vs. whole rest on the other board, and so on). The rhythm values represented the points for each hole: an eighth note was 50 points, a quarter note was 100 points, a dotted half note was 300 points, and so forth. For the piano party, I simply divided the students into two teams and the team with the highest points won. For more information on the boards and how to use them to reinforce rhythm recognition, visit SherylWelles.blogspot.com.
Check out my Music Games board on Pinterest where I save ideas I find: