technique can be fun…

I know you are laughing at that – I would have as a student. But this week we are making technique a game where it earns you an actual something at the end of our lesson!Image

At the beginning of lesson students draw one of the technique slips from the jar (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD) and must spend the entire lesson showing the textbook definition of whatever technique they picked from the jar. At the end of the lesson if I can guess correctly what technique they were showing me they earn a treat from my fun cabinet!

This can be a fun way to focus on ONE technique at a time at home too!


Rain & Rainbows Board Game

I have used the snakes and ladders board game in my studio for quite some time. I have a set of paper dice and even plastic ones that have different notes and rhythms on it for students to add up and count how many spaces they get to move and it is a game that works for all ages. Image

But I found a better one!

Mr. Printables has this beautiful FREE printed version of Rain & Rainbows that is beyond cute to play. You would still need to secure some blank dice from a teaching store and mark on it with a Sharpie but it is worth it for this game. I highly suggest you print it on cardstock for durability.


Keeping them on their toes

ImageI love to find new motivators in my studio (and life in general.) Sometimes you just need to leave things up to chance and revel in the excitement of not knowing what is coming next, and the “paper fortune teller” is a great way to enjoy that mystery.

This origami-esque paper game allows the student to choose their fate without knowing the consequence. I have used this in my studio this week to help choose our warm-ups and to loosen up not just our bodies but our brains and creativity as well! A beautiful blog of I Still Love You created two to use: one for chores and everyday life, and a blank one to use for your music practice, choosing who gets to sit in the front seat, or what to eat for a snack!

I love the fact that you get to choose, yet the final choice is out of your control. Click HERE to visit Melissa Esplin’s page and download the paper fortune teller.

Does anyone else have a great way to get through the tough choices of our daily practice?